The beautiful Gwyneth Paltrow once said, “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-a— red lipstick!” If you want to look your best – and feel your most confident – this Valentine’s Day, then a bold red lip is the way to go! With a little help from area stores, and our tips, you can perfect this sexy look just in time for your big date!
Start with an Exfoliant
Chapped lips are common in the winter, which can be painful and make your lipstick look flaky (in other words, definitely not kissable!). The good news: a lip exfoliant will instantly help give you a smoother, more hydrated pout! Addison-based Mary Kay offers a two-step Satin Lips collection that is easy to use. Start by massaging the Shea Sugar Scrub in your lips, made with natural sugar crystals, Shea butter and sunflower oils that will remove dead skin calls and leave your lips feeling ultra smooth. Wipe it off with a warm towel and apply the Shea Butter Balm, which contains Shea and jojoba butter to moisturize and soften lips.
Prime Your Pout
To ensure your lipstick lasts from dinner to dancing on Valentine’s Day, it’s important to use a lip primer. The Too Faced Lip Insurance Lip Primer, available at Ulta, comes with a handy applicator that you can use to spread out the primer evenly across your lips.
Choose Your Favorite Red
Maroon, fire engine red and everything in between can be found in the Corridor – the key is to choose a shade that you feel good in. Right now, our favorites can be found at Sephora. Givenchy’s Spring Limited Edition Le Rouge Lipstick is a stunning red-orange color that comes in a smooth satin finish. Also, Kat Von D’s 10thAnniversary Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick is a gorgeous shade of deep red, made to last through an evening of kisses. Finally, everything from dusty rose to royal red can be found in the Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Collection of Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks. With a rich color and creamy finish, you will look amazing no matter what color you choose.