Red hot lips say glamour, loudly

K.I.S.S.I.N.G Moisturising buildable red lipstick

K.I.S.S.I.N.G SO MARILYN. Moisturising buildable red lipstick; photo:


Powered by article titled “Red hot lips say glamour, loudly” was written by Gemma Cairney, for The Observer on Sunday 5th August 2018 05.00 UTC

I believe make-up should be used as war paint, rather than a ‘flaw-correcting’ paint. I dedicate this week’s Face Time to the brilliance and defiance of a good red lipstick and what it means.

There’s that specific seriousness of paying close attention while smearing it with precision across your lips for red-hot glamour – I only wear it when I’m really in the mood. I know that many find the stuff just too OTT. But my goodness it looks great on every face, peppered with a little sass. Here are five tips to navigate your way around red lipstick.

1. Embrace the legacy
Red lipstick has been a classic since the ancient Egyptians were crushing bugs to stain their lips. Go forth.

2. Blot the hell out of it
Grab a bit of tissue and press it against your lips until you know you’re safe to head out. Your lips should be on fyah – but not your teeth.

3. Use it to kiss the end of love letters and postcards.

4. Be brave and wear it in the daytime
It looks fantastic on sun-kissed bare faces, with a simple slick of mascara.

5. A darker shade suits all skin tones
Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G is moisturising and slay-worth £24, charlotte

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