Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Perfect Red Lip

            A few months ago, I asked to write a Valentine’s Day-themed blog post for Seventeen.com. My editor loved the idea! She passed it along to the web director who told me it was a cute proposition. So I went ahead and wrote it, took pictures to accompany, edited it to perfection, and sent it on its way. Little did I know that there was one more person who had to look at it. What her name is and what position she holds are unbeknownst to me, but regardless, she decided having an unqualified teenager giving other teenagers makeup advice wasn’t legitimate enough for Seventeen.com.
            Alright, mystery woman, that’s fair enough. All that means is lucky for my friends, now they can see how to do a luscious red lip. Maybe I’m an unqualified teenager giving my peers makeup advice, but who really cares when the advice you give works? Trust me.
Just because Valentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean you can’t still rock a romantic red lip. Red lips can make a statement any time of year. Here’s some advice on how to amp up your red-lipped look to keep it perfect all day long.


Moisturize: Before the lipstick, generously apply lip balm. Dry, cracked lips won’t hold color for very long. When you’ve applied thoroughly, dap off the extra moisture with a tissue.

Outline: When finding your signature red color, look for a lip liner in a matching (or close to it) shade. Outlining your lips will keep the color from running.

Apply: Apply your lipstick evenly and generously. Don’t be afraid to try a bold color. Be adventurous with your color choices!

   Gloss: If you finish off your dramatic red lip with a clear lip gloss, it’ll really give you a shiny accent.

If you follow these simple steps, you’ll be turning heads with your bright red pout long after Valentine’s Day.