Taylor Swift turned heads with her classic red lips at this week’s CMA awards. Luckily for anyone coveting her look, we have beauty expert Jules Cardozo-Marsh on-hand to tell us how to achieve the look ourselves. Have a read of her top tips.
Everybody can wear a red lip
It’s a common misconception that red lips only suit certain skin tones. Red lips are for everyone! It’s all about finding the right shade for your colouring.
If you’re not sure what to wear, here are my must-have shades for different skin tones: If you’re fair-skinned, I suggest Tom Ford Cherry Lush. For medium/olive skin tones, I love MAC Lady Danger. For darker skin tones, try Dolce & Gabbana in Devil.
Charlotte Tilbury’s collection makes going red easy with The Perfect Red Kiss set in crimson, £73. It’s perfect for everyone and comes complete with everything you need to steal Taylor’s look.
Prepare your lips
Preparation is the key to making your lip colour last. Use an old toothbrush and lightly brush the surface of your lips to gently exfoliate and lift any loose skin. Apply a balm, for example Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream (one of my favourite multi-purpose products). Let it soak in and hydrate the lips for as long as possible.
Apply a little foundation to the lips with your finger. This will tone down any high colour and help form a base for your lipstick. Using a lip liner, carefully trace the outline of your lips in a shade close to your lipstick. If you can’t find a perfect match, go lighter rather than darker to avoid an obvious outline. Make thin lips look fuller by going very slightly outside your natural lip line, but be careful not to overdo it.
Applying the lipstick
You can apply the lipstick straight from the bullet or use a lip brush if you prefer. My personal favourite is by London Brush Company but any tapered lip brush will do the job. I like using a lip brush as it gives a sharper look.
Apply your first coat of lipstick and blot, then apply a second coat. Really press the colour into your lips and blot again, this ensures your colour lasts all day. If you make a mistake, just use a cotton bud to tidy the lip line, or use a little concealer on a small brush.
Keep your look fresh
If you’re hiring a make-up artist for your big day, make sure they give you a lipstick to carry in your bag. I always provide my brides with a touch-up kit which has a few essentials to help keep them looking fresh all day.
Make sure your lips are your only statement feature to avoid looking overly made up. Keep the rest of the look simple by applying a Sixties flick to the eye with lashings of black mascara and apply a fresh creme blush to the apples of your cheeks. You are now ready to rock the aisle, Taylor style!
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