Bold oxblood lips are in this fall…
get the perfect pouty look
Oxblood, the 2015 Pantone color of the year, is flattering to all skin tones. Notice how the brown in the color comes out on this model below. Yet, you will notice the purples and reds that shine through against my fair complexion.
The only problem with it is that I never really learned to do lipstick the right way, so I felt like a clown! That’s no bueno! I hit pinterest and found all of the best tips and when to use them.
Before you apply any color lipstick, you should always exfoliate your lips. You can use regular sugar, a damp wash cloth or an exfoliating product like this one from Fresh. This will ensure your lips look smooth and soft after you apply lipstick.
Next you’ll want to apply concealer around the edges of your lips (think where you will be putting lip liner). Then blend it in.
I have always struggled the most with applying lip liner. It’s important to stay symmetrical and natural with the shape. I could never get this right and I think it’s because I don’t have a very pronounced cupid’s bow to use as a guideline. Cupid’s bow is the downward curvature at the center of the top lip. I was always trying to make mine look more defined and in the process, I would end up with uneven, asymmetric lipliner. 🙁 Lips can vary a lot, so I’m here to show you a simple way to apply liner that will bring out the shape you want.
To help you create a perfectly shaped top/ bottom lip, you should mark points for guidelines. Draw a point at the peaks of your top lips, the bottom of the cupid’s bow and halfway from the peak to the corner of the mouth. If you need to, you can mark the bottom lip as shown.
Next you’ll need to fill in the sides of the bottom lip and bring the top liner down a little. You want to leave the round part of your bottom lip free of lip liner, so it will be slightly lighter after lipstick application, which will add fullness.
Now we are ready to fill in with lipstick. For a more precise application, you can use a brush. If you want a dark saturated lip, you can do up to 3-4 applications blotting in between, but make sure you are patting your lips with a tissue and not squeezing the tissue between your lips. This keeps the lipstick from wearing off unevenly or smudging.
If you want a glossy lip, now is the time to add a little gloss. If you want a matte look, you can hold a tissue up to your lips and use a make-up brush to gently rub foundation powder on the tissue
This also helps to set the lipstick and keep it from bleeding. If you want more of a dramatic matte finish, you can apply a very small amount of powder directly to the lips.
I like to finish off the look by dabbing a small amount of highlighter or concealer just at the cupid’s bow. This adds a nice contrast to the lip liner and cleans up any bleeding that’s happened from the application or blotting process.