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Lipstick trends
April 28, 2014, 11:29 am

Red lips are so iconic that they are not going away, and for this season, you could wear them either super-matte or really glossy. Shades of red that you should try out include:

Neon Red: Fire up your red lips with a matte scarlet pout. To create this sharp red lipstick look, use a bright red lipstick and then trace the shapes of the lips with a pencil. This is followed by a layer of extra lipstick with a brush. To get the most staying power, dab a translucent powder on top of lipstick.

Glossy brick red: Glossy brick-hued lips are reminiscent of 1970s flair. For a look like this, first use a lip pencil to shape the contours of the lip, and then apply the pencil all over the lip so the color has something to stick to. Applying lip gloss atop a pencil base will create a dimensional, glossy pucker as the wax in the pencil will actually adhere to the lips longer than some lipsticks do.

Pop art poppy: A playful poppy shade is a forgiving trend to wear since it is a blue-based red that really pops, especially contrasted against pallid skin. Just remember to exfoliate lips (scrubbing them with a damp wash cloth will do) before applying such a daring hue since little lip flaws have nowhere to hide with such an attention-grabbing shade. After you swipe on color from the tube, dab a hint of clear gloss in the centre of your pout.

Red velvet: To get this look, first prep lips with a balm so that no dry spots are evident and lips get a silky smooth texture. Then, with a lip brush, apply color, concentrate the density of color in the centre of the lips for a truly lush look.

Brown-based reds: The 1990s-inspired brown-based reds are very popular, but you should select reds that are not too muddy, so they are actually flattering on most skin tones. Certain brown/red combos have a satin-like finish, which are smooth and subtle. This will de-saturate the intensity of the rest of your bright makeup and keep the edges soft.

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