As far as makeup looks go, there is nothing more timeless and classic than a red lip. It draws attention to your pout, finishes off an elegant evening look, and can be used to easily pull yourself together when you're feeling too lazy to apply eye makeup. Even better, a vibrant red lip is best worn with minimal eye makeup – so all you need is a single swipe to look ready to go!
One question that some of you may ask yourselves when applying a classic red lip is: Since the red lip has been a beauty go-to for women all over the world for many centuries, how can you switch it up to make it not feel musty and boring? That's where we come in! Try swapping a glossy red lipstick with an edgy matte formula and follow our 5 simple rules:
MAKEUP: 5 RULES FOR WEARING MATTE RED LIPSTICK
Avoid making it appear super groomed
To create that coveted edgy, cool-girl look treat your matte red lip carelessly: worn with quiet clothes, brushed-up fluffy brows, and not much else makeup, save for a few lashings of mascara and some liner pushed into the lashline. And when it comes to lip liner, ditch it all together and draw on your lipstick free hand!
Don't limit yourself to one shade
Believe it or not, lip contouring is a thing. It gives you the appearance of a plumper pout and it takes two different shades of red to achieve. To get this look, go with a darker burgundy shade around the edges of your mouth, and a lighter shade in the centre that will give you the illusion of fullness and a perfect shape. Swipe on some mascara and your look is complete!
Colour outside the lines
Blurred lipstick is another trend that has been taking over models mouths lately. The look consists of a blurred outline that is achieved by running your fingertip around the edges of your mouth to soften them for a just-been-carefully kissed effect.
Contrast with a shiny complexion
When wearing a matte complexion, a contrast in textures looks best. So if your mouth is dry, go wet elsewhere, like with a dab of grease on the eye or a liquid illuminator on the high points of your cheekbones.
Don't limit it to your mouth
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For a definitively un-old-fashioned act of daring, use a matte red lipstick in the crease of your lids, creating a rainbow shape, then again – mixed with something balmy – all over the lid. Finish off with a line of black liner beneath your lash line and a touch of mascara for a super edgy look!