The best way to transition your daytime beauty into a polished, evening look is to add a statement lip. This season, you should ready your beauty arsenal with something bolder than just a red—try a burgundy or Oxblood lip! It’s not for the makeup timid, and your girlfriends will absolutely wonder how you became so confidently cool. How to get the perfect statement lip? Read on.
1. Start with a clean canvas.
Even out your skin first. Some women feel more confident with a full-coverage foundation, but it’s not always necessary. I prefer applying the least amount of coverage needed to get your skin looking fresh and even. Use a spot concealer after foundation instead of before. Once you’ve got that skin glowing without the distractions of that pesky blemish, then the stage is set for some fun.
2. Line, fill perfect—in that order.
To create an even lip, find a lip liner color that closely matches your new bold lip. With a sharpened pencil, start by outlining your cupid’s bow with a “V” and the middle of your lower lip with an extended dash. Then, follow the edges of the outer corners of your lips so it looks like “<” and “>”. Now connect those edges and clean up as needed.
The days of the harsh, lip-lined lip are long gone. Fill your entire lip with the liner for longer-lasting color. Don’t worry about making sure it’s perfectly colored-in, your lipstick and lip brush will do that work. Roll up that new lipstick and apply even strokes. Perfect with a lip brush et voilà, enjoy the new, bold you! #selfiesrequired
3. Keep the rest of your makeup fresh and neutral.
For a day-time look, keep the skin polished and the eyes, neutral. Plump your lashes with your favorite mascara and add some highlight on those cheekbones. A cat eye would add some retro flare to your dinner look, or even a soft taupe smokey eye. If you’re really rocking just the lip, pop a bit of highlight an the center and inner corners of your eyes, add a fresh coat of mascara and you’re great to go!
There are some misconceptions about skin tones and colors that do or don’t work. I say “bah-humbug” to that. The only rule should consider is this: lip colors with bluer undertones will make your teeth look whiter. Otherwise, I’ve applied the same burgundy/oxblood lip color on many different skin tones and have had the same awesome effect.