Announcing This Seasons Hottest Catwalk & Hollywood Look
The matte red lip is no doubt a classic Hollywood, featured on red carpets by countless stars from Audrey Hepburn to Scarlett Johansson. However, this season we have also seen the look appearing around the shows and we’re super happy about it. Red lips are a strong, statement look and can suit any skin tone, while the matte texture adds an air of sophistication.
With so many different gorgeous shades of red out there, this is no longer a style to shy away from – there really is a colour for everyone. Keeping red lips matte brings an understated edge to the look, ideal for anyone venturing into wearing red for the first time.
Follow our BASE Guide to Matte Red Lip Perfection to achieve your standout red pout:
Take the Time to Prep
Prepping the lips thoroughly is really important. Matte lipsticks can have a tendency to dry the lips and nobody wants a chapped look. Exfoliate lips gently and try makeup artist favourite Boiron Homeoplasmine Cream to add moisture but no shine. Remember to line the lips to avoid feathering and to add a base for lipstick to adhere to.
Find the Right Red
When we think red and matte, one lipstick instantly comes to mind: MAC Ruby Woo. This makeup artist classic is big for a reason, the colour packs a real punch and this lipstick is known for its longevity.
If you aren’t a MAC fan, why not check out Charlotte Tilbury’s Red Carpet Red: a hydrating lipstick in true ruby red. Alternatively, high street brand Revlon’s Matte Lipstick in Really Red gives you a rich colour and that modern matte finish you need at a purse-friendly price.
When searching for the right colour for the skin tone you’re working with, don’t be afraid to experiment. You’ll know you’ve found the right shade when the eyes look brighter and the complexion glows – it’s the magic of the matte red lip!
Finish the Look
Use a high quality brush, like BASE Pro Artists Retractable Lip Brush for fine, precise application of your chosen shade. Once you’ve applied the lipstick, try using a lip brush to subtly trace the outside of the lips with concealer to ensure a perfect, clean line.
Keep the rest of the look fresh and understated. Heavy makeup with strong lips is dated and instantly aging. Matte red lips in AW15 are a fresh, modern take on a beauty classic.