Bellas! In the interest of always giving you beauty, style, and hair inspiration you can relate to and learn from, I’d like to introduce my newest Afrobella contributor.
Sherry Blossom is a freelance makeup artist, mom, FDNY EMT, native New Yorker, and beauty blogger/vlogger. I first became aware of Sherry via Twitter, she’s super friendly and is always there to share knowledge, makeup tips and words of inspiration with everyone. Then I checked out her blog and her videos and fell in love with her demonstrations. Sherry really SHOWS YOU how to rock a look! And she will be contributing monthly posts here on Afrobella where she demonstrates how to get the looks you wanna rock!
Sherry’s first post is SO apropos for holiday cocktail party season. I hear from so many women who are afraid of rocking a red lip, but there ARE foolproof ways to do it — depending on the kind of lip color, the product in question, and even your method of application! Take it away, Sherry Blossom!
1. Red Tinted Gloss
I’ll admit, sometimes less is more and there are times you may only want just a hint of color. Lipglosses are great for a sheer wash of your favorite shade. The beauty of glosses are their pigmentation: go as sheer as you like or opaque. In a previous post on SherryBlossomBeauty.com, I compiled a list of 5 Lip Glosses To Help You Overcome Your “Wearing Red Lipstick” Fear. A great red lip gloss to start with would be NYX lipgloss in Sunrise…
2. Red Lip Liner & Gloss/Lip Balm
Yes, you definitely read that right. Sometimes just filling in your lip with a red lip liner and covering with your favorite gloss or lip balm is all you need. It creates a nice natural lip stain that will last and last. I used NYX Lip Liner in “Plush Red” & Aquaphor (lol oh yes I did and I LOVE that stuff!!)….
3.Satin Finish Red Lipstick
I find lipsticks that have a little sheen to them sometimes work best when wearing a bold color. Cream finish aka satin finish lipsticks are silicone based, so they lock in moisture and stay put. No lip liner necessary so there is no fighting to perfect your lip line. Pop up the tube, apply and go. I used Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lipcolor in Royal Red…
4. Matte Red Lipstick
It’s the ultimate red lip. Timeless! It definitely doesn’t get any better when you want to achieve a classic red lip. The key here is to exfoliate your lips prior to applying and using just a dab of lip conditioner. Be sure to use a lip liner! Matte lipsticks are unforgiving to your lip line so be sure to apply with a lip brush and use a lip liner to help you create symmetry. My favorite matte red lip is MAC “Ruby Woo” & I also used MAC’s lip conditioner and NYX “Plush Red” lipliner….
5. Matte Red Lipstick w/ Brown Lipliner & Highlight
I’ll be the first to admit that I used to fear bold colored lipsticks, ESPECIALLY red lipsticks. I grew up thinking that someone of my skin tone just couldn’t do it. Life as a makeup artist has completely nixed the idea that my skin tone can’t wear certain colors. I can wear ANY color and so can YOU. The trick is in the application and technique. For those who want a smoother transition from your skin tone to the color upon your lips, grab a brown lip liner or a lip liner closest to your skin tone and apply. Be sure to feather the lip liner in at the corners. Apply your lipstick to the area that’s bare. Leave the inner most center sheer. Take your favorite golden colored lipgloss and apply just to the center of your lips. And VOILA…done! You’ll have a red lip with awesome dimension that looks great in person and photographs like a dream! I used Kleancolor lip liner in “Hot Cocoa” , MAC’s lip conditioner, MAC “Ruby Woo” & NYX Lipgloss in “Africa”…
So the next time you find yourself shying away from red lips remember that you CAN rock that color and these are 5 FOOLPROOF ways you can do it!
Do you remember when you first wore red lipstick? What did you wear and how did you wear it?