I don’t really wear red lipsticks often (just based on personal preference). But whenever I do, it always becomes a rather strategic process for me. I made a post some time ago about my red lip routine, mentioning the time it took for me to become more comfortable and confident enough to wear red lips out when I felt like it. Now I know exactly which products to reach for and can easily figure out how to achieve the right gradient and finish more suited towards my lips, resulting into rocking a red lip without hesitation.
In this post, i’ll be introducing a not-so-new but new-to-my-blog technique on how I wear a red lip in the summer-time. From which foundation I use on that day to the application process I always have in mind when I want to achieve that near-perfect pout. This is my current Red Lip Routine (in the summer).
When I think of summery red lipsticks, I often think of a defined, saturated red colour with an orange undertone or base/hue. I use to actually stay away from orange-toned reds, however, I’ve now finally found a way to have the best of both worlds without looking out of place.
First of all, the lipstick itself is very important to get right (I’ve already done an article about this on my Top 5 Reds You Need to Try Out This Summer). Once you have that sorted out, you want to pick out either an orange colour corrector, orange cream blush, orange lip-tint or even, better yet, an orange based lip liner or lipstick. So a red lipstick and an orange based lip pigment of your choice will be the two main products you’ll be working with.
The two products that I’ve chosen:
Red Lipstick: Coloured Raine Liquid Lipstick in Cherry Blossom
Orange Based Lip pigment: Kiko Lipliner in “514” Poppy Red
Okay so, not much has changed with my red lip choice, *shrugs* but what can I say? When you know your lipstick, you know your lipstick ^-^.
This liquid lip paint, in particular, has a full coverage, which I like but I find it more suitable to wear alone during the winter seasons as opposed to in the summer (even though it can be worn alone, all year round) – which is why I enjoy this combo because the Kiko lip liner is the complete opposite in undertone, it’s very orange-based and brightening – perfect for the summer.
So now I’ve explained the tools needed, here’s my best explanation of how I use them together:
Using a very light hand, I first, faintly line the perimeter of my lips with a black eye/lip pencil – yes – a black eye/lip pencil on my prepped and primed lips. This isn’t to overline my lips, however, It’s just so I can follow a sharp line to create a more defined look. If applied correctly, ideally, you shouldn’t even see the black guideline so clearly. This is just to outline the shape of your lips if they’re not as defined. (You can obviously replace the black with a red toned lipliner for this step, completely optional and up to you.)
Next, onto the lipstick. I basically fill in the cool-toned, pink-based red liquid lip paint onto my lips right on top of the faint line that I had made prior. I then work my way nearer to the centre of my lips without covering the middle section of my top and bottom lip, so there’s quite a significant gap happening.
Here comes the pencil! Kiko’s 514, a warm-toned, orange-based red. This lip pencil camouflages seamlessly and blends in quite well, which is what you’d want when merging this method with any other red lipstick.
So this time, I start at the centre of my lips and pretty much fill in the gaps I missed out on purpose. Once the centre of my lips has now been filled in, I then faintly go over the rest of my lips to properly blend out the two lippies together.
If you’re using a liquid-to-dry lipstick (like me), I’d advise you to always have a mini vaseline tin on hand. This can be applied and blotted which will allow your lips to be more soft, supple and hydrated.
A few check-ups with a clean, flat eyeshadow brush and a skin-toned concealer to really achieve that crisp finish (more details about this on my How to Pull Off Any Lip Colour article) And we’re done!
FOUNDATION – Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r in “440”
I’d suggest using a light-weight foundation that offers a buildable coverage. You want the skin to look clean and even rather than too artificial looking. The best foundations I’d recommend for this finish would be L’Oréal‘s True Match Foundation and/or the one I used in this edit from Fenty Beauty.
CONCEALER – Fenty Beauty Match Stix in “Caramel”
POWDER – RCMA No Color Powder in Translucent (has no flashback!)
BRONZER – Sleek Bronze Block in “Dark”
EYESHADOW – Any silver-toned shimmery/metallic eyeshadow, I used one from the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette
EYELINER – PoundWorld (none-irritating in black)
MASCARA – PoundWorld
BLUSHER – The orange shade from the NIP&FAB Contour Palette in “DARK” (for my recent review of this palette, click here)
LIPLINER(S) – Black Eyeliner & Kiko Lipliner in “514” Poppy Red or Kiko’s Lip Liner in 513 (more orange)
LIPSTICK – Coloured Raine Liquid Lip Paint in “Cherry Blossom”
I hope this edit gives you a little more insight into how I like to perfect and adapt my red lipsticks to the summer season. As someone who’s once never thought of wearing red lipsticks, ever, I hope this gives anyone else who may have felt the same way a little inspo to play with reds from time-to-time.
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