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HindustanTimes Wed,17 Sep 2014

A perfect pop of red

Shara Ashraf, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 13, 2013
First Published: 17:51 IST(13/1/2013) | Last Updated: 13:23 IST(14/1/2013)

It’s sexy, dramatic, the colour of passion and your ultimate quick fix for a bleak day. Red is definitely the colour of the season and you can find many divas turning heads with a bold display of red pigments on their lips. Wearing red lipstick is also one of the simplest ways to make you a red carpet diva. And if you’re a true vintage girl, you can’t do without the red lip colour. There are other style advantages of the colour: It brightens up the dullest of your attire in a jiffy, and  you don’t really have to have to fuss over your hair and accessories. The colour pops, so the rest of your look can be underplayed safely.

You may get a tad intimated with red lip colour initially, but with a few simple tricks, you can easily perfect your red lip look. “Red lips make you look very sexy, but you need to do the look well. It’s a risky colour to pull off for a first timer. Make sure that you don’t look garish by overapplying the colour,” says American style expert Brix Smith.

Remember that like all other lip colours, certain red lip colours look better on certain skin tones. Many women end up believing they can’t wear red lipstick, because they have been picking up the wrong red.

red-lips“The trick to picking up the perfect red is in understanding the right  undertones,” says beauty expert Richa Agarwal. If you are fair, blue toned reds will work very well. Tomato red or orange-red work for wheatish complexions, while those on the duskier side can wear red with a hint of brown. So, get ready for some  golden age Hollywood glamour and go the red way this season.

Amateur-proof your red lip look:
Before applying the lip colour, exfoliate your lips well.

Apply a little foundation or tinted moisturiser around your lips. It will  stop your lipstick from smudging and will help to get a smoother look.

Nothing looks as tacky as lipstick on your teeth. Keep a mirror handy and wipe off any smears that you notice.

Let the lips be the highlight of your makeup. Make sure that you have a smooth and flawless base. You can do dramatic eyes, but don’t make them so strong that they clash with your mouth.

If you are doing a full matte mouth, moisturise your lips enough before applying the colour, so that you do not develop any dry cracks.

Sex up a dull outfit with Colourglide  Brilliant Red lipstick
Price: Rs. 620
Availability: The Body Shop store,  DLF Place, Saket

Team this Wonder Colour Lipstick — Red Devotion —with understated makeup
Price: Rs. 319
Availability : Oriflame dealers

This Take Me As I Am lip pencil is perfect to flaunt some true Hollywood glamour
Price: Rs. 699
Availability: Colorbar store, Select Citywalk, Saket

This Go Chic Poppy Red lipstick can make you red carpet worthy in a jiffy
Price: Rs. 199
Availability: Faces Canada, GK 1, M Block Market


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