Hey Stags,

Red lipstick is the number one thing to take your look from hot to intimidatingly hot (or at least that’s what I’d like to think when I do my makeup). Some people don’t feel they can pull of a bold red lip, and that’s just not true. With the right shade and formula, everyone can rock a classic red lip. Here are my tips for having a red lip that always look on point:

A matte finish looks much classier than its shiny counterparts.  Not only is gloss messier, but it can make a baby face look more mall-rat than internship ready. However, a matte finish means that dry patches show more, so you need to exfoliate your lips before applying a color. An easy way to do it is to mix olive oil and brown sugar, then buff and remove with a wash cloth. Swipe on your favorite lip balm and let it soak in while you apply the rest of your makeup.

Lip liner often gets a bad rap, but when it comes to red lipstick, a good liner is your best friend. Start off by drawing an “x” at the middle of your top lip to define your cupid’s bow. Then, continue on by lining just the edge of the rest of your mouth.  Overdrawing your lips can give you that coveted Kardashian look, but that only looks good in pictures. It won’t look good in real life when you’re drinking coffee or chugging a beer. And on that note, if you plan on drinking, leave the liner at home unless you want your face to look like a five-year-old tried to color it in.

If you want your color to last, Kiko Milano’s Unlimited Stylo lipstick is unreal in terms of staying power.  This Italian brand has a store in the Trumbull mall, where you can have all the fun of trying on makeup at Sephora without the guilt over how much everything costs.  Another cheaper option is the NYX Matte Lip Crème.  This drugstore product is a favorite of makeup artists, and for good reasons.  t applies like a cream, but dries like a lipstick and it lasts.

So, my fabulous Stags, remember that if you want to pull off red lips, you totally can. All it takes is a little practice and a little confidence.

Stay strong and beautiful!



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