There are two questions I always get asked: “How does your lipstick last even after you’ve eaten?” and “What red lipstick would suit my skintone?”.
I am one of the fortunate ones who is able to wear just about any red shade on my lips, from the deeper berry tones to the orangey firetruck reds. I LOVE red lipstick; it instantaneously brightens up my entire face, and and makes me look put together.
When it comes to choosing a shade for your skin tone, the L’Oreal team has you covered. Instead of simply naming each red colour by a catchy, exotic sounding name, they have come up with a Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Pure Red range, with brand ambassadors such as Blake Lively and Eva Longoria. So all you have to do is figure out which celebrity you have similar basic features to (hair, eye and skin colour) and you have your Pure Red match! That simple.
From the two colours above, Doutzen and Blake, I decided to go for Blake’s Pure Red shade. You also will need some translucent powder (or any setting powder) a big fluffy brush and tissues.
STEP ONE: Make sure your lips are super soft and moisturized. I love using a DIY scrub of sugar and olive oil to scrub my lips, then slather on some Baby Lips by Maybelline. Remember to blot off any excess lip balm, this will help keep your lipstick in place.
STEP TWO: I never, ever use lip liner. I don’t see the need. Lipstick formula’s have seriously improved since the days of bleeding, so why spend money on something unnecessary. Simply use the tip of the lipstick bullet to outline the shape of your lips easily, or use a lip brush. I prefer using the tube itself.
STEP THREE: Fill in your entire lip area with the lipstick in one layer.
STEP FOUR: Take a normal tissue and separate the two layers, to make one, thin layer.
STEP FIVE: Take a big fluffy brush and dip it into translucent powder. Don’t worry if there’s excess; the more, the better
STEP SIX: Press the single layer tissue against your lips and dust the translucent over it. This helps seal in the lipstick, without turning your lips white as the tissue acts as a filter.
STEP SEVEN: Add another layer of lipstick (or two. I usually go for more than one layer for a rich, intense look).
Look smug at how you can now eat a burger without your lipstick budging.
So easy! You can find the Colour Riche Collective Exclusive at Clicks Pharmacies.
Thanks to my sister Nazmira for being my photographer!