Red Is Dead. Long Live Pink Lipstick!
2/1/2020 1:00:00 PM
Red Is Dead

Okay, that headline might be a bit hyperbolic. Red lipstick will always have its place. In fact, during the holidays, a bold red lip is one of the easiest ways to make an outfit more festive. But now that the holidays are behind us and we’re well into Mardi Gras season, it’s time to put the Christmas-red lipstick away with the tree until next year. A bright pink lip is a great way to make carnivale season even more fun, not to mention the fact that pink looks great alongside traditional Mardi Gras colors. 


If you’ve never been much of a pink person but are looking to experiment, here are some tips for getting a great pink lip. 


Line up

If you want a hot pink lip for a fun night out or even just to jazz up a more casual outfit, use lip liner, both to give yourself a guide so lipstick goes on smooth and straight and also to keep the bright color from bleeding onto skin around the mouth, which can create a smudged, lopsided look. 

When choosing a lip liner, there are two options. Either pick a color that matches your lipstick exactly or pick a color that matches the natural color of your lip almost exactly. And "lip liner” is actually a bit of a misnomer. Line the lips and lightly fill them in with lip liner before applying lipstick. Then, blot lips on a tissue and line lips one more time to make absolutely sure lipstick stays in place. 


Stay matte for simplicity

A glossy, bright lip is a whole lot of look. And glossy formulas also tend to slip and slide a bit more, which isn’t ideal for a night out full of eating a drinking. If you’re not a die-hard fan of the glossy lip, consider trying a matte liquid lipstick in a bright pink shade. These colors tend to last longer and also make lip colors look a bit more sophisticated than their glossier counterparts. 


Add some glitter for a punch 

If you want to sparkle, consider glitter, rather than gloss, formulas. There’s nothing juvenile about the newest glitter lipsticks, which give lips a metallic sheen rather than a full on sparkle, making pouts appear fuller. If you’re planning on going all out with metallic pink, keep the rest of the face simple to give the bold lip look a chance to really shine.


Lip stains make pink possible for everyday wear 

For just a pop of color on days when you’re not getting too made up, consider a lip and cheek stain. These subtle hints of berry color give lips and cheeks just a tiny bit of coordinated color for a fresh healthy glow that still looks like it might just be natural. 


Pink often gets an unfair rap as red’s kid sister, but a bright pink lip can be every bit as chic as a more sultry shade.  


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