How to Create the Perfect Red Lips!

What’s more glamorous, daring and stare inducing than a pair of stunning red lips? Not much!  Christmas is fast approaching and its become my favourite time of the year to wear red lips, its festive and mature for the seasonal parties.  I think anyone can pull red lips off, although the ‘type’ of red may vary for each person because of skintone and what suits you more.  I personally prefer red lipsticks with a more orange, yellow base, rather than blue based red lipsticks as I feel they brighten my pale skin up.

To create the perfect red lips from scratch you will need –


A lip scrub – The Body Shop’s Lipscuff, Lipbalm – The Body Shop’s Shea balm, Red Lipliner – Prestige Lip liner in Tomango, Red Lipstick – Unknown brand Lipstick!

BARE LIPS (ugly!)




Apply a lip scrub or scuff to remove all the dead, dry, flaky skin that can completely ruin this look.  I use The Body Shops Lipscuff.  I adore this product, the fact that you apply it like a lipstick and then just rub your lips together to exfoliate.  This product has a minty taste and fragrance which is very pleasant and has small grains which help to gently remove the dead skin.  Also has marula oil in which is very moisturizing. 

Sorry for the unattractive photograph, but I wanted to show what the scrub looks like!



Moisturize!  Apply your favourite lipbalm!  I use The Body Shop’s Shea Butter Lipbalm, its the most moisturizing balm I have ever come across and leaves my lips feeling juicy and soft.  The smell and taste is subtle but delicious and it doesn’t leave any residue or colour which is perfect.  These only come in a set of two at TBS stores and the proceeds go to charity.  If you are left with greasy lips, just pat off the residue with a tissue.



Line the lips.  I only have one red lip liner and I use it with all of my red lipsticks.  Its by Prestige in the colour Tomango.  Gently trace the outline of your lips with the pencil.  Pay special attention to the cupids bow.  A little trick I learnt at the MAC event last month is to look down when focusing on the cupids bow, because looking at them from above in a mirror, allows you to easily see if they’re even.  After lips are lined, I always fill in my whole lips as it creates a nice base for the lipstick to hold onto.



Apply your lippie!  I’m using one of my Mothers, I have no idea who its by but I love the colour (named Red Stiletto), its a perfect classic red shade.  (Before I run out of this I will take it into the shops to find another red lippie that matches the colour exactly). Blot the lips on a tissue after and add another thin layer, this will ensure that your lipstick lasts longer.



Using your concealer, go around the outside of your lips just to make sure its all even and that there aren’t any red smudges anywhere.  Your concealer will also emphasize your lips and the whole thing will just look neater!  Please note that in the photograph above, I hadn’t yet blended in the concealer so it looks messy!

ET VOILA!  (queue cheesy-catalogue-laughter-shots)


You are left with delicious red sultry lips.  Its up to you how you wear the rest of your makeup with your bright lips, many people say its a sin to wear dark, smokey eyes with red lips but I completely disagree.  I feel comfortable and pretty with smokey eyes so I will mix both looks.  I find that a brown smokey eye looks best with red lipstick on me.

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So be bright and brave when it comes to red lips, they look glam and sexy so wear them proud and be confident.

Was this helpful at all? What’s your favourite red lipstick & do you have any bonus tips of your own?




  1. October 15, 2010 / 12:40 pm

    Love red lips and bold lips in general, I think this will help a lot of people out 🙂 I'm a red lippy whore, my faves are Clinique 'Vintage Red' and Rimmel 'Diva Red' by a long shot.

  2. October 15, 2010 / 12:56 pm

    Very, very helpful post!

    I only wear red lipstick dabbed as a lip stain- but I'll try to follow your method during the weekend 😉

    I really love your blog, I'm so fond of the Body Shop products so finding you was such a treat!

    Followed xx

  3. October 15, 2010 / 1:39 pm

    It was very helpful especially the concealer tip 🙂

    I recently did red lips:

    But it looks a million times better on you….I dont think I quite have the looks to pull it off!


  4. October 15, 2010 / 1:40 pm

    gorgeous lips on a gorgeous girl !!

    thank you for sharing 🙂 !!!!!!


  5. October 15, 2010 / 2:02 pm

    Love this one you! It kinda looks like a Revlon lipstick?
    I got Cherrie's in the Snow and I love it, it's more pinky then bright red. Need a lip liner to go with it though xx

  6. October 15, 2010 / 3:25 pm

    This look is beautiful! Just a question about TBS lipbalms… I love the Vitamin E lipbalm and was just about to repurchase, do you think the shea butter one is more moisturising? Thanks! Love your blog btw, especially the multi-use products 🙂

  7. October 15, 2010 / 4:01 pm

    Youre so lucky you can wear red lipstick! I honestly look like succch a fool in it so I tend to wear oranges/peaches etc. You look so gorgeous tho! I tend to use vaseline as a base and then apply the lipstick then my mum has this invisible top coat thing for lipstick to help it stay on longer not sure of the brand tho but it works miracles!


  8. October 15, 2010 / 5:08 pm

    Beautys Bad Habit – I hope it does help people! I will definitley check those lipsticks out, I've never tried Clinique's makeup so it'll be good to see those!

    Cbsg5861 – Awh I'd love to see your red lips, let me know how it goes! Lipstick dabbed is also has a really nice effect, I normally do that with my Barry M lipsticks as they are so bright!

    Beauty and the Beast – Your red lips look pretty, I definitley think winged eyeliner really suits red lips! You do pull it off, I think all blondes do!

    LilyBlue – Thank you so much!!XXX

    MakeupAddict – Oh, I might check out Revlon lippies to see if they have similar packaging, and I def need a new red lipliner too as I only have that one! XX

    Bobbie – Thank you!! I have the Vit E lipbalm, but I def prefer the Shea butter one. I prefer the smell and the texture, I feel its alot smoother! Check out the cocoa butter one from TBS aswell, I'd say thats a mix between the two in terms of formula, and it smells like chocolate! XX

    Strawberry fields & Vodka – Thank you!!!

    Amy Jessica – Oh I've heard about those top coats that make the colour stay on longer and I've always wanted to try it! Let me know if you find out what it is!
    I bet it doesn't look silly on you, just be confident with it. I love oranges and peaches just as much as red though. XXX

  9. October 15, 2010 / 5:34 pm

    Myyyyyyy lipstick! Haha! Thief! We get the red thing off Grandma, you know. She alsways wore red lippie! xxxx

  10. October 15, 2010 / 9:37 pm

    Wow, you look amazing with a red lip, it suits you so so well! <3 xo

  11. October 19, 2010 / 7:29 am

    great tutorial 🙂 definitely trying this! x

  12. October 19, 2010 / 11:46 am

    wicked post as per usual, just picked up some lip scuff, sounds amazing. i think that lipstick is lancome?


  13. Anonymous
    March 28, 2013 / 11:38 am

    hey, thanks for the tut, found it really useful, i believe that is Lancome Red Stiletto Lipstick, they redesigned the tube a few years ago, but im almost certain that i had the same one, its probably melted and buried in the bottom of my wardrobe by now.

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