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Let’s get real. Life is better in heels and red lipstick. When I was younger, crimson was much too bold for my awkward teenage look; however, as my style has evolved, I’ve become such an advocate of the classic Hollywood beauty tactic. Famous wearers of the showstopping shade include starlets Audrey, Marilyn, Lucille Ball, and ((throw back)) Cleopatra. Egyptian fab.
This past weekend, I was ever-so-lucky to shoot ((again)) with Lakeside Photography for some new glamour-esque shots, as well as batch of swimsuit photos, to round out my portfolio as a permanent brunette (that’s right; I’m officially putting blonde on the back burner- boo).
Bill wanted a classic red lip–I wanted to channel my inner Marilyn, so I worked together with professional makeup artists, as well as Wikipedia (it’s offish, right?), to perfect the scarlet process. The problem I, as well as most of my friends, encounter when I attempt the crimson application myself is that the color runs and fades so quickly. If I don’t pay enough attention to it, I’ll inevitably end up with red lipstick all over my teeth, raw lips, and an outline around my mouth resembling that of a red wine connoisseur. So classy.
Ergo, follow these steps to avoid looking like a rough lush:
Dab the lipstick with a tissue. Make sure you do it lightly, or you’ll end up with tissue paper on your mouth. Attractive.
Add shine. Clear or colored gloss will do. My favorite clear gloss would have to be Wet n Wild’s Megaslicks Lip Gloss in Crystal Clear (seriously, y’all.. it’s under $2).
Prepare to show stop. Turn up the charm and take lots of pictures.
As stated in #3, I advise against limiting yourself to lipstick. Rimmel London’s Show Off Lip Lacquer is hands down the best product I’ve found. It’s cheap, bold, and lasts a minimum of 2 hours, even while eating and drinking (which I do frequently). The caveat here, obviously, is that if you’re sloppy with application, you’ll end up looking like you have some kind of rash (don’t nobody want a rash) because the color just doesn’t fade. My other favorite brands for classic reds are MAC, NARS, and Christian Dior (listed below):