Red Lips

I’m currently obsessing over the bold lip trend for this holiday season.  Shades of Red, Cranberry, Plum, and Mahogony!

Here’s the trick: First prep the lips by exfoliating and then applying a light coat of lip balm.

I think the best way to achieve a lasting kissable bold lip is with a lip stain.  I like a matte bold lip, so I just use a lip stain and sometimes add a lip liner over it if needed. Stay away from the seriously pigmented lipsticks.

Keep eyes and skin simple because the focus is on the lip.  A few coats of mascara and tinted moisturizer and soft blush for coverage.  That’s it!

Here are a few of my favorite products for the bold lip look:

1.) Benefit Posietint or the red Benetint – Benefit makes some amazing stains with staying power.  The posie tint is coral, for a lighter stain, and the Benetint is a true cherry red.  Add more coats for deeper color!

2.) Jouer Tint in Amaryllis – I initially used this color for my cheeks, then recently started using on my lips.  It’s fab!  The perfect color and consistency of a creamy coral with a splash of red that gives lips the boldness without the crazy brightness.

3.) Tarte LipSurgence Natural Lip Stain in Lust – I am so obsessed with Tarte’s lip stains, I think I’ve hit up every color in the range!  Lust is a classic red  – part stain, part sheen.  You can control the boldness depending on how many times you layer it on your lips.

4.) Laura Mercier Lip Stain in Scarlet – This is a deep red, old Hollywood glam.  It’s a great stain that you can apply with your fingers, it doesn’t move at all just gives your lips some serious color.

– Kathryn, The Blonde