Before we go into the hottest new burgundy's, wines, and reds, I must remind you all how important it is to start with a well moisturized lip. Darker lips can highlight every imperfection one has :)
I personally love using basic sugar, and gently massaging the granules into my lips. I rinse, and pat dry. You can also take a tooth brush, and massage daily. Rubbing a face cloth across your lips while bathing, also works wonders.
For a major splurge, you can try Laura Gellers, 'Lip Strip'. At $16.00 a pop, it lasts about three months, and leaves your lip soft/supple.
Next, you will want to apply a thin layer of pressed powder, concealer, or foundation to the lips. This gives your lipcolor something to adhere to :)
Your next step will be to line your lips. You will want to choose a lip liner that compliments the lip color. It does not need to match perfectly. Ladies, please do follow your lip line exactly. Drawing a line outside of your lips is an instant way to "date" your look, and looks un-natural.
Now, you are ready for that lip color! Below, you will find some of the best on the market :)
Laura Gellers' creme couture lipstick in the shade, 'Bordeaux'. This matte formula is stocked with silicones for a soft, weightless finish. Even though this puppy is matte, not to worry! It is very conditioning!
I love Givenchy Rouge Interdits' lipstick in, 'Flirting Brown'. This is sure to give you a "va-va-va-voom" pout.
Loracs' lipstick in, 'Leading Lady' is so beautiful! Infused with antioxidants, this lipstick has a special SMS complex (Second Messenger Complex) that helps counteract the visible signs of aging! Yay!
Isn't this gorgeous? It is Yves Saint Laurents' lip color in, 'Swirly'. This color-shine complex keeps lips visibly smoothed, plumped, and radiant----not to mention, drenched in a decadent display of color!
Here we have Duwops' limited addition lip color in, 'Private Red'. Made with classic "mood lipstick" technology of the 70's, this formula adapts to your body to create the perfect red for you.
That is all for now lovely ladies :) Hopefully this gives you a great place to start! Below are images of women showcasing an array of reds. :)
You see? Anyone can wear red! (Yep! That last pic is me! Photo courtesy of Shannon Williams Photography)
Gotta run! Beauty calls!