5 Ways to nail the NEW red lip

5 Ways to nail the NEW red lip

Red alert

Text: Terry Saw

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Coca-cola, tomato, vinyl. Call it what you like, the 2016 upgrade on classic reds is taking over – here’s how to make them work for you

1. Make a major statement

Throw this in along with your 'new year, new you' resolutions, why don't you? A bold lip with little else is ultra-modern and oozes the confidence for you to take 2016 head-on.

Tip: Pat on loose powder after one or two coats of lipstick if you prefer a velvety finish.

Try: NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl


2. Go rock-n-roll

Break out of the norm and experiment a little - remember it's just makeup! Pair a matte crimson lip with graphic eyes that are perfectly lined for a guaranteed head-turning effect. Liners at the ready...

Try: M.A.C Cosmetics Eye Kohl in Smoulder, RM72


3. Wear it to work

Forget about saving the reds for nights and special occasions only! You can pull off a dressed-up red lip in the day with the right formula. Sleek hair and power suits optional.

Tip: For a polished look that's still professional, pair your red lip with well-groomed brows and line the outer corner of your eyes for subtle drama. Finish with two coats of mascara.

Try: Chanel Rouge Allure in Insaisissable 


4. Shine, unapologetically

Steal the limelight by adding a little interest to your pout. Apply a layer of clear gloss for a high-shine finish and keep the rest of your makeup clean.

Try: Rouge Dior Brilliant in 999


5. Make it matte

Slick on a lip stain straight from the tube and blot gently with a tissue for a matte effect. Layer with cream shadow in a similar colour for a lasting finish.

Try: Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy in Restless, RM103

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