Monday, 28 January 2013
It’s like the holy grail of all makeup, how to get that perfect red lip. Crisp and clean, bold and classic but how to make it last? In an ideal world, perhaps I could get away with not carrying my lipstick on my person every day, however, I can at least make the application process less frequent by making sure it’s done right the first time around!!
I haven’t gone into too much depth on how to choose the best red for your skin tone, this main focus of this video is lipstick application to make it last as long as possible (even through eating and drinking).
Let me know if you would like a video on choosing the right red shade for you in the comments on the Youtube clip =)
The brush used in this video is by Manicare and can be purchased from many pharmacies or your local Priceline. It is a great little compact retractable brush so you can take it with you in your purse for the day and not get lipstick all over your handbag. I have also tried the slightly cheaper generic Priceline brand of retractable lip brush and while the product in incredibly similar, the quality is not. I found a lot of shedding with the Priceline brand one so I recommend investing the extra couple of bucks for the Manicare one. Priceline do have sales on quite regularly so you can always wait for the opportune moment.
Now for the lipstick!! My favourite red lipstick at the moment is by Make Up For Ever, Rouge Artist Intense #42. Unfortunately, this brand is not yet available in Australia. I picked this lippy up when I was performing in Hong Kong and I am lucky enough to be going there again next month for the HK Salsa Festival so I definitely intend to restock.
It is a very creamy formula but not too much so that it slides off your lips. Nice and moisturising and a brilliant bright true red that would suit all skin tones.
The lipstick sealer I am most familiar with is by Model in a Bottle. This is an American online company made famous for their makeup setting spray but this is one of their other products. It comes as a double wand with a lip conditioner on one end and the lipstick sealer on the other. The lip conditioner is actually very good, I used it up before I used the sealer on the one you see in the video, which is why mine looks one-sided, lol. It’s nice and quick to absorb into the lips and not too oily or thick either.
Now, the sealant is quite potent. It is a very thin liquid, pretty much the same consistency as water, so make sure you remove the excess product on the edge of the bottle before applying to your lips. It can sting a bit, especially if you have dry cracked lips and the product almost feels and smells like methylated spirits and can have a similarly drying effect if used too often.
Having said that, this product can make even my creamy Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense last through eating meals and drinking, even teaching dance classes and sweating!!
Apparently, there is an Australian equivalent of the lipstick sealer at Priceline but I have not tried it myself yet.