Red Lips

Make-up , 9 December 2018

The Red Lipstick Edit

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Red. Now is the time. And not just because red lipstick just feels festive, but also for what it will do for your face, pulling it out of the puffy, paunchy, sad state it’ll be in by around this time in the year if you’re anything like me.

It also, loathe though I am to travel down the hackneyed ‘day-to-night’ rhetoric, really is the quickest way to dress your face up if you’re heading out and want maximum impact in minimum time.

But which red? And in which finish? In short, my advice would be to do as you usually do, but in red, be it a stain, a matte, or a shine. And this applies to the rest of your face too. Red looks equally as good with a bare face as it does with the addition of highlighter and eyeliner to make it look more properly glam.

One note before you slick yours on and go on your merry way. Once you’ve got your red on, look at the balance of your face. If your eyes don’t disappear when you apply red lipstick, by all means leave them alone. But if they do, and you don’t want them to, add a whisper of liner, an extra smidge of mascara.

I’ve put a few different red lipstick tutorials over on my instagram IGTV channel – just click the ‘IGTV’ circle under my profile to watch them.

Here are some of my favourite reds //


L to r // MAC Lady Danger / Charlotte Tilbury 1975 Red / Nars Lana / Tom Ford Willful

Red Lipsticks

L to r // Charlotte Tilbury Lost CherryChanel Le Rouge Crayon de Couleur in No4 Rouge Corail / Chanel Rouge Coco Stylo Lipshine in 222 Fiction / Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood / Elizabeth Arden Red Door Red

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  • Josephine says:

    I always think that I suit a casual red lip, with some bronzer. I think with my colouring,I look a bit wrong with a more glam eye (I just think my face can’t take it!), but if it’s more pared back, it just looks so much fresher on me! Although other people can do a full-on eyeliner/lashes/ red lip look really well. I’m a bit jealous of that to be honest… But I love a red lip, so festive! x

    • Mads says:

      I know what you mean – faces all take so differently to make-up. It’s good that you understand yours though! I love a festive red lip xxx

  • Annie says:

    these are such beautiful picks!

  • Dolores says:

    Which one are you wearing in the picture? I love it.

    • Mads says:

      Ah thank you – I made a video on instagram TV of me doing the look if you want to watch it. It’s the Elizabeth Arden one.

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