Sunday, June 24, 2012


Like foundation color, it is also important to wear the right shade of lipstick that will suit your skintone. Remember our lesson about Basic Makeup Must-have? Well one of them is the fierce-in-a-tube red lipstick Finding your red lipstick is tricky but with this quick guide, I'm sure you'll be able to know what's right for you.

Pale and Fair Skintones

Nicole Kidman, Adele and Anne Hathaway

For paler skin tones, go for a scarlet red or red lipstick that have a blue-undertone to it since it will not look as bright, competing with your skin tone. True to red lipstick can work, but you will have to pair it with an eye makeup that will complement it so it wont "pop" so much.

Medium/Warm Skintones

Kim Kardashian, Camilla Belle and Megan Fox

For warmer skin tones, it is best that you wear a brighter red since it will brighten the face than dim it. Red lipstick that runs on the orange-y side is another option since the contrast of the orange to the warm olive skin is good. Although I suggest avoiding it with dark eye makeup since it will pull down the look.

Dark Skintones

Kelly Rowland, Rihanna and Tyra Banks
If you have a darker skintone, the best colors would be brick red, cranberries and burgundy. Those with orange undertone in it are good too.

Still scared of pulling out a red lipstick?

You can try those tinted lipbalms or lipsticks that have sheer colors and lots of moisturizing properties to it.
Like Revlon's Lip Butter.

But above all, if you are confident that you can pull-off whatever shade of red you want to, then you probably can! You just have to have the confidence. Wear the red, and not let the red wear you! :D

Love, Makeup Mama

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Paint the town RED: Photo Tutorial

Love the red but hate how it usually bleeds? Well, the technique in red lipstick (or any lipstick for that matter) is ... LIP LINERS. You must have at least a 'my-lips-but-better' shade lip liner and a red in your kit. Red lipstick was always associated with class, old Hollywood glamour and independent woman. It easily lifts up any makeup look.
(Ps: I'll be doing a blog on how to find the perfect red lipstick shade! Wait for it. :D)

So what are the tools needed?
A. Red Lipliner/Nude lip liner
B. Concealer, and a concealer brush/lip brush
C. Your red lipstick
D and optional: Lip brush

STEP 1: With a sharpen lip pencil, line your lips and follow your outline (in case you want to make your lips look bigger, line outside your lip outline BUT not over-do it.). Also you want a lipliner that is close to your lip color as possible. Using a darker liner for everyday wear/casual wear .is ... 1990's much! haha.

STEP 2: Fill-in the rest of your lips. Or you want to skip this step and make a 3D effect by just filling out the rest with your red lipstick.

STEP 3:  With your concealer, clean the edges. Make sure you blend it to your skin seamlessly.

STEP 4: Top it off with your lip color. Use a lip brush for precision. And if you still mess up, correct it again by using your concealer.


1. Always have a clean base! Red lipstick can mature a face easily. So conceal conceal conceal!
2. Red lipstick also accentuate chappy lipstick, so before application, use a toothbrush and brush it to exfoliate and remove the dry skin.
2. If you want it to pop more, put a clear or red lipgloss on the center of your lips and blend it outwards.

Thank you so much for reading.
Love, Makeup Mama. :)