How to Master a Matte Red Lip in 3 Easy Steps

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While makeup trends often push things forward with crazy colors and avant-garde designs, there was a renewed focus on classic techniques at the Fall/Winter 2019 shows. And what could be more classic than matte red lips?

“A bold red lipstick is a classic look that started its real journey in the early 1900s and, since then, has always been seen as a powerful, dominant look,” says Sascha Jackson, lead makeup artist at Stila. “It has always been a look we can turn to without being ‘off-trend’, but this season, we saw it making a huge comeback across the catwalk. Matte red lips were teamed with polished skin and minimal makeup to keep the look fresh and light, but with a punch.”

The FW19 look is all about being well-defined, so here, Jackson explains how to create the perfect bold pout, plus a little lip inspiration, courtesy of the runways.

1

Prep

“To truly rock a red lip, you need to start with a good base. Firstly, I like to exfoliate the lip. I like to make my own lip scrub, using a little coconut oil and some sugar. Mix them together and work into the lip to sloth off any dryness. Once done, remove all the excess scrub – you don’t want the coconut oil to upset the staying power of the lipstick.”

2

Line

“Next, I will take a little of the liquid lipstick that I’m using onto a fine lip brush, and use this to line the lips. My favorite ever red is Stila ‘Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso’ – it’s a true red. The formula locks in and lays down smooth, and won’t bleed or feather. Using a small amount as a liner first enables you to create the desired shape of your lips i.e. build slight natural volume by working it just over the bridge of the lip line.”

How to Master a Matte Red Lip in 3 Easy Steps

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3

Fill

“Next step is to fill in, working the product across the lip. A little goes a long way, so you do not need too much – the less product you use, the more comfortable the finish will be. Let your lips dry, and don’t ‘smoosh’ them together. Just let the formula lock in, and it will last up to 12 hours.”

How to Master a Matte Red Lip in 3 Easy Steps

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