Match your nails to your lipstick for a truly feminine look.

Red lipstick and a matching manicure: classic beauty tutorial

by Hannah Ikin -

Creating an effortlessly glamorous beauty look can be easier said than done, which is why we were so pleased when we found one backstage at World MasterCard Fashion Week Toronto Spring 2015. The look combines classic bright red lipstick with nail polish in exactly the same shade.

Seeing red

There's something about red lipstick that just works. Whenever we find ourselves feeling underdressed five minutes before heading out for the evening, a slick of rouge can really save the day. The addition of a matching manicure is inspired. This simple component ups the glamour and creates a real "femme fatale" feel. To get this striking and classic look, simply follow our easy tutorial below.

Step one

As you want your red lipstick to take center stage, it's vital to keep the rest of your beauty look natural and pared down. Camouflage any imperfections with concealer, then apply a BB cream to get a natural, glowing complexion.

Step two

Take a light, champagne-toned eyeshadow and apply it to the inner corners of your eyes with an applicator brush. Next, take a nude, shimmery shadow, ideally one that's close to your natural tone, and apply a wash of it over your eyelids. Add a couple coats of lash-lengthening mascara to complete your natural, wide-eyed look.

Step three

Now it's time to add a touch of Old Hollywood glamour with a coat of bright red lipstick. For an exaggerated pout, extend the color upward slightly, just above your Cupid's bow.

Step four

Prep your nails with a base coat to protect them from staining. Then, once your base is dry, apply a coat of bright red nail polish over the top. Top tip: Make sure that your manicure is exactly the same shade as your lipstick for the ultimate coordinated look.

So there you have it, another classic and versatile beauty look to add to the bank. Whether you dress it down with a classic striped tee, or up with a glamorous gown is totally up to you!

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