(cover photo by missalvy)
When it comes to deciding on a lip-colour that matches the vibrancy of Valentine's Day, nothing surpasses the allure of the bold, red lip. But while it does add that statement, eye-catching finish to any Valentine's Day affair, we all know the worry that comes with keeping the colour lasting through the night.
So if you're looking to keep your red lip on all-night in time for Valentine's Day, here is our 3-step red-lip regimen for bold, bright, and kissable red lips.
Step #1: Prime Your Lips
We all hate it when we look at the mirror after a delicious dinner only to see that our red lips have faded---leaving behind blotchy, pale lips. So to prevent that from the get-go, prime your lips by staining them red! This works great especially for girls who don't have naturally pigmented lips. We love Benefit's Benetint for its deep staining power and sweet cherry tint. Dab multiple layers of this over your entire lip and let it dry for a long-lasting tint.
Step #2: Line Your Lips
Once your lips have been stained, it's time to line them with a lipliner for that well-defined outline while at the same time preventing the lip colour from bleeding and feathering beyond your lips (definitely not cute at all!). We like NARS' Lipliner Pencil in Jungle Red for its long-wearing colour and creamy formula that doesn't dry out the lips. Carefully line the outer edges of your lips before filling in your entire lips with the liner.
Step #3: Choose A Long-Wearing Formula
At the end of the day, the longevity of your red lip all boils down to the formula. While matte formulas generally last longer than creamier, glossy ones, those also easily dry out your lips. On the other hand, going too glossy may result in the colour slipping-and-sliding across your face. So top-off your prepped & primed red lip with a lipstick like the M.A.C Pro Longwear Lip Crème. It has a matte-to-sheen finish and is long-lasting without drying out your lips too much. Apply one to two coats for a full opaque coverage, and you're good to go!