Berry red lips can often be a little intimidating to wear, especially if you tend to shy away from bold lips and carry a trusty nude lipstick in your handbag at all times. It’s one of few lip colours that suits every skin tone and an easy way to rock a bold red lip without looking too overdone.
At Creatures of Comfort this season, makeup artist Simone Otis gave models a ‘worn-in’ gradient lip. With an inverted gradient effect and soft edges, models mastered the lip by donning flawless clean skin, nude eyes and natural brows.
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For the red lip to work its magic, the rest of your face should be immaculately on point, so nothing can detract from the star of the show.
Get hyper-real skin by swiping on Vapour Organic’s Atmosphere Luminous Stick Foundation, available right here on the Slapp App, over deeply moisturized and primed skin to get an oh-so-natural glow and flawless finish. (If you need any more reasons for why this foundation is so incredible, check out our super in-depth review of the entire Vapour Organic range right on the Homepage).
The only tool you’ll need for this is a damp beauty blender to buff the product into the skin, and voila! Your face will look radiant and picture-perfect. If you’re feeling a bit more coverage under the eyes or have any pesky blemishes, dot a couple of strokes of L.A Girl Pro Conceal over any areas you think need a little more love and attention, and melt it in with your finger, or a beauty blender.
The key to this look is heavily conditioned lips. Use a lip scrub like the Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, and nourish those puckers with a deep moisturising balm such as Glossier’s Balm Dotcom. Once that’s sorted, you’re going to need a red lip product that has more of a satin or matte finish, so your lips will stay effortlessly berry red all day. Our favourite berry lip picks are Burberry’s Lip Velvet Matte Lipsticks in Oxblood or Damson, which have a moisturising satin/matte finish that glide on like butter, or L’oreal’s Tint Caresse in Tulip Blossom or Plum Blossom, which have a super slick mini sponge applicator, designed exactly for the gradient lip look.
Once you have your lip product of choice, dab it into the centre of your lips, and with your ring finger, tap and blend outwards towards the edge of the lips. Add more product in the centre and repeat, according to how bold or subtle you want the colour. If you’re fairer skinned, opt for lighter reds that have a slightly bluer tone, and if you have darker skin, choose deeper berry shades, or reds that have a slightly orange tinge.
In order not to take away attention from vampy lips, fill in your brows using a brow pencil and short wispy strokes, following its natural shape. Brush through with a clean brow spoolie to make sure there are no harsh lines. For your eyes, just whip on a few coats of your favourite black or dark brown mascara.
If you think the rest of your face is starting to look a little one dimensional, grab a pink cream blush if you’re fair, or a peachy cream blush if you’re olive toned or darker, and dab that onto the apples of your cheeks with your fingers, lightly blending upwards and outwards. If you don’t have a cream blush on hand, dip your fingertips ever so slightly into your red lip product and lightly blend this into your cheeks with tapping motions. The results will leave you looking naturally flushed and totally radiant.
Finally, to keep your face looking luminous and full of life, glide on Vapour Organic’s Trick Stick Illuminator in Dazzle if you have darker skin, or Star if you have fairer skin, both available on the Slapp App. Work that into the skin with your fingers, along the high points of your cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, your cupids bow and under the arches of your brows, and then you’re totally good to go!