[[ One of my favourite shades, Rimmel 'Diva Red' ]]
Which Shade is for Me?Whether you are super pale and cool, or amazingly dark and warm a primary red will suit you. Why? Because it neither leans too blue or too orange, it is a 'true' red. However, it is also the boldest of the reds and certainly not for the faint of heart! Dark skinned ladies may prefer an orange or brown toned red, whereas paler ladies tend to suit blue and pink toned reds better.
Which Formula is for Me?That depends entirely upon personal preference. I like a classic, matte red lip, although precision in application is essential! You CAN NOT skip lip liner if you opt for a matte finish or choose a highly pigmented lipstick, a clean edge looks 10x more professional. Gloss finishes are much more modern and obviously easier and faster to apply. Glosses are also slightly more forgiving and tend to be sheerer - so if you're a little wary starting off, have thin lips or want a softer look then a gloss is a good idea!
Do I need to Prep my Lips?
Yes! It isn't hard, literally takes all of five minutes. I buff mine with my damp toothbrush and slather on a decent quality lip balm. I let the lip balm soak in while I do the rest off my makeup, wipe off the excess and then finish my lips. Alternatively, you could buy a lip scrub, which is basically just sugar in flavoured oil - you can make your own using sugar and olive oil. Easy!
[[ Lush 'Mint Julips' lip scrub ]]
What Makeup Works with a Red Lip?Skin - Keep is fresh, dewy and clean. Add a pop of colour to the apples of you cheek for a youthful glow or use bronzer for a more refined finish. If you're wearing a matte lipstick, a touch of shimmering highlight along the cheekbones will break up a block, matte look. Never over powder, it is ageing, especially with red lips - remember, your nan wore them when she was a teenager...
Eyes - Again, clean and simple is key. Either just use a dab of foundation or flesh coloured eyeshadow and a touch of natural looking highlight along the browbone. Layer on some lengthething, volumising mascara for a wearable, glam look OR falsies for an evening out. Younger ladies can get away with a sleek, black, flicked line of liquid eyeliner whereas older women should opt for a more flattering line of smudged out pencil eyeliner.
Eyebrows - Groom them! Fill them in or at least set them in place. As ever, you could have the most gorgeous makeup ever applied, but if your eyebrows look like Alistair Darling's, that's all anyone will be looking at...
Lips - Always line your lips before using a bold colour for a professional, clean finish. If you opt for a dark red, use a brush to apply it to avoid any shakey handed mistakes which might be hard to fix or disguise...
I think that about rounds it up! If you have any questions or anything to add, let me know :)