“Hi Candice

I have dark hair and think that I can pull off red lips. My question: is this still a trend for this winter. If so, what are the rules for wearing red lips and what should the make-up on the rest of the face look like.

Thanks for all your great advice. Isobel”

[from The Pretty Blog]

Hi Isobel,

Thanks for such a great question! A lot of ladies have asked about the bold, bright lip trend happening for winter and spring, particularly the red lip. It is a huge trend and one that’s so easy to follow!

I am a firm believer that anyone can do a red lip – you just need to find the right shade and undertone for your skin colour. You can get red lipsticks with a cool, blue undertone or with a warm, orange undertone.

For flawless bold lip application, I use a small angled brush like the MAC 208 brush [in fact I use this for lips, eyeliner and eyebrows!] This brush gets the colour into the corners and bow of your lips perfectly.  If you are worried about the lipstick bleeding into any fine lines, line your lips with a similar colour and blend it into your lipstick – or only use a lipliner for a lasting finish!

There are also some amazing lip stains out there [I use Palladio from Dischem] and they are super easy to apply and last for hours!

With regards to the rest of your makeup, keep it simple, clean and fresh [matte is not the look this year, lots of dewy cheeks!]. Lots of mascara and add a thin line of eyeliner for an evening look.

Remember, no matter what new makeup you try, practice makes perfect, so keep going until you feel confident. Red lips are timeless!

Chat soon,

Cands xxx

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