FOR LUSCIOUS VALENTINE'S DAY LIPS
RED RED RED
Take a tip from some of the most sexy stars of Hollywood – past and present – Red is sexy, sensuous and powerful on the lips. In the 1931 film Dishonoured the iconic screen siren, Marlene Dietrich removed her blindfold as she faced the firing squad and applied a slick of red lipstick.
30’s sex symbol Jean Harlow was renown for her red lips and the 40’s and 50’s saw stars such as Veronica Lake, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor with sexy red pouts.
Today stars such as Madonna and Taylor Swift are seen wearing red and Gwen Stefani is never seen without her trademark red lipstick
So why not follow the stars this Valentine’s Day and invest in a red lipstick. But first here’s some tips on how to apply.
TOP TIPS FOR VALENTINE LIPS
Prime your lips first by applying foundation and powder as a base.
For a perfect shape, use a lip liner that matches your lipstick or natural lip colour
Start at the centre of the top lip and with light feathery strokes, draw an outline from the centre to the left. Repeat on the lower lip.
If you are happy with the shape of your lips, follow your natural lip line. If your mouth is un even dab a small amount of concealer over the lip line and reshape. Thin lips can be made to look fuller by slightly parting your mouth and going over the natural lip line.
Use a lip pencil to fill in the colour so that as your lipstick wears off, you’re left with a colour imprint and not a harsh line. Use light, downward strokes for even coverage.
Apply lip colour, preferably using a brush. Do not overload the brush, but build up the depth of colour gradually.
To set the colour in place, divide a tissue into two, blot and reapply and then blow again.
We’ve chosen a selection of 10 red lipsticks that will certainly produce a Hollywood pout for the 14th. As they say on Strictly and Dancing on Ice these are in no particular order. ENJOY
CHANEL – Rouge Allure Velvet – Eternelle or Rouge Vie The new collection is illustrated in our main picture
PAT McGRATH LABS – Satin Allure Lipstick – Elson
NARS – Powermatte Lipstick – Dragon Girl
STILA – Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick – Beso
HUDA – Liquide Matt Lipstick – Icon or Miss America Lip Image Pictured Above
PAUL AND JOE – lipstick – Heart Letter
LANCOME – L’Absolu Rouge Intimatte – Limited Edition in Velvet Case – French Touch
FENTY – Icon rechargeable case – The fill in semi-matte lipstick – Danger Dancer and Kissin Cutie
SENSAI – TOTAL LIPGLOSS IN COLOUR – SHINONOME CORAL
HOURGLASS – Satin Cream Lipstick Unlocked – Red Zero