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Do's & Don't to Rock a Red Lip Makeup Tutorial

Rocking a red lip can be SO empowering and, as such, an instant confidence boost! This is one of the biggest reasons I always tell clients/customers that there is no "perfect" red for any one individual.  Going RED should make you feel like a bad-a**, period!  But, if you're looking for guidance when choosing a red lip shade or are new to experimenting with bold colors, here are some helpful tips & tricks to get started.

HOW TO FIND THE BEST RED FOR YOUR SKINTONE

*Pro tip - If you aren't sure of your skin's undertone, check the veins on your wrist. Green veins = warm, Blue veins = cool, and a mix = neutral).  

Warm undertones: Look for reds with orange or coral bases, like brick red or tomato red.  These shades add warmth and vibrancy to your look.

Warm undertones/Darker complected: Reach for a brown-based red

Cool undertones: Opt for reds with blue undertones, like cherry or raspberry red.  Shades in these hues contrast beautifully with cool skin tones and create a fresh, classic look.

Neutral undertones: You've won the jackpot 😉.  You have the freedom and flexibility to try a multitude of shades on the red spectrum.  Have fun!  

BRANCHING INTO REDS FOR THE FIRST TIME?

A gloss finish will be your new bestie.  The shiny, often semi-sheer finish feels far less intimidating than an opaque, full-coverage lipstick.

LOOKING TO MAKE YOUR SMILE APPEAR WHITER?

To counterbalance yellows, opt for a purple or bluish hue (aka cool shades) to add vibrancy to the lips and help the teeth appear whiter. 

TIPS FOR APPLYING RED LIPSTICK FOR A PRECISE, CLASSIC FINISH

Mirabella Beauty OWNER MIRANDA COGGINS
Mirabella Owner Miranda Coggins in a perfect red lip

Start by using a lip scrub, such as Mirabella's Prime for Lips, to gently exfoliate any dry flakes or rough patches on your lips. This will help create a smooth canvas for the application of the red pigment. Next, using a clear lip liner, trace a thin line just outside the edges of your lips with the liner. This creates a barrier that prevents the red lip color from bleeding, feathering, or fading during wear - the crux of a precise red lip! While red can be a stressful color to apply due to its unforgiving pigmentation, I always suggest securing a good lip brush to ease the application process!  A lip brush will give you much more control when applying and help to minimize big mess-ups!  Start by using the lip brush to carefully work the color onto the lip line to create a border before filling in the lips with your chosen shade.  Mirabella's Perfect Red Lipstick is a great red to start experimenting with bold lip color!

PRO TIP(S): If you are using a matte shade, here's a trick: place a tissue over your lips and lightly dust on a thin layer of translucent powder. This will help absorb any excess moisture and seal the pigment in place, ensuring long-lasting wear.  On the other hand, if you have opted for a glossier finish, try spraying a little setting spray across your lips to help lock the color in place and prevent it from smudging or transferring.

 

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