I admit, I was TERRIFIED of Red Lips...
I tested, tried and loved it
Key points of Red Lips:
Dry Flaky lips do not make a good companion for Red Lips. Prepping is a must and I gently give them a scrub with a warm damp towel before I do anything. This will gently de-scruff any dry flaky patches.
I like to do this part to eliminate my natural lip colour ensuring that the colour is true afterwards. This step is not compulsory but I like it. I have dark purple toned lips =(
I use the LipLiner to outline my lip to desired shape and then fill in the whole lip with the pencil. This will act as a base and give you a longer lasting finish. Think of it as a stain =)
It is important to fins the right shade of red for your skintone.. Its took me a hell of a long time to find a shade of red that complimented my skintone without ageing me. I tend to go for more bright jucier reds rather than the matte darker tones.
Gloss is not compulsory, It gives more of a dramatic 'done' finish, but if you want thicker more juicier looking lips then I simply apply the gloss in the centre of my upper and lower lip. This will give the illusion of a fuller lip.
Click here for the video tutorial : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQmh-pffjwQ