When it comes to morning makeup routines, one of the toughest decisions a girl can have is between looking great and feeling comfortable (or in other words, not too cake-y). No-makeup, makeup may be one of the best solutions to this problem, but sometimes you just need a little something extra. And that's where the red lip, minimal makeup combination comes in.
There's a lot to love about a classic red lip, but one of our favourite reasons is that it stands out on its own, making it the ultimate in lazy-girl cosmetics – all you need is a quick curl of your lashes, swipe of mascara, a little red lipstick, and you can walk out the door looking polished and cool, without feeling too cake-y. That's why we love a minimalist pairing with this makeup look the most – and we're not alone. Celebrities and it-girls like Alexa Chung, Aimee Song, Chrissy Teigen, and Miranda Kerr are all fans of the look, pairing their bold red lip with minimal eye makeup for a simple, stand out look.
And while there's no wrong way to wear a crimson pout, the hue looks incredibly fresh with barely-there eye makeup and full, natural brows. Want to learn how to master the look like Hollywood's leading ladies? We've got you covered!
MAKEUP TREND: RED LIPS AND MINIMAL EYE MAKEUP
The whole point of this trend is to keep eye makeup to a minimum for cool, yet simple approach to your morning makeup routine. To master the minimalist eye make up look, start by coating your lids with a very soft shade of brown shadow to create a bit of depth and add colour to your face. Next, line your waterline with a white pencil liner to open up the eyes and brighten them all at once.
Then, apply two coats of black mascara to your lashes to accentuate your eyes further without going over-the-top. Curl with an eyelash curler before applying mascara to lengthen the lashes, if you prefer.
Another major aspect of your face to think about when trying out the red lip-minimal eye makeup duo? Your brows. Make sure to think big and bold when it comes to filling in your brows, as this will create balance within the face. Use a brow brush and gel to brush the brows up and out, while filling them in for a standout look.
When applying foundation, it's important to think about your skin type, and consider temperature as well as time of day. For example, if you plan on rocking this cool duo to the office or during the day, stay away from a harsh, matte complexion, and try a BB cream or lightweight liquid foundation. But if you plan on sporting your red lip for a night out, don't be afraid to go full on glam with a powder foundation.
If you have dry skin, dry, powder formulas may accentuate the problem, so go for a foundation that provides a little more hydration. And if your skin is more on the oily side, a powder foundation will keep it under control. Cushion foundations are perfect for any skin type because they aren't too harsh and provide full, yet lightweight coverage. So when in doubt, try a cushion foundation to match your red lip, naked eye makeup duo!
And don't forget! A little highlighter will make your skin glow next to a classic red lip!
Now for the important part: the lips. When choosing a red lipstick, consider what you've done with your base. If you've chosen a matte complexion, switch things up and go with a glossy red lip. If you have a dewy base, choose a matte red lip so that you don't look too oily or sweaty! And don't forget to carry it along with you for consistent touch-ups – It's all about the bold lip!