The Official Lazy Girl's Guide to Applying Red Lipstick

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Red lipstick: The bold, classic, Tay-Swift color you've always wanted to try but are totally afraid to actually do. We're not going to lie, we've hid under the covers many restless nights, trying to ward off nightmares of horrendously smeared red lipstick and a few side-eyed glances. It's so freaking hard to keep in the lines after all!

And if you do the nail the look, it seems like your fabulously crimson pout will fade the moment you put a drink to your lips. Is it even possible to kill the red lips game and make it last? More over, can you do it without spending an inordinate amount of time and money on your lips?

Fortunately, the answer to that is a loud, resounding yes. Lazy girls of the world, rejoice, because putting on red lipstick can be simple and look fierce. Just follow these few steps and you'll be rocking your scarlet pout all night and getting so many compliments.
Female applying red lipstick, close up

1. Prime Time

We know, we know, you want to avoid primer. Not only does it seem like the beauty world's way of wasting your money, it also is an added step that wastes your time. We hate to tell you this, but priming just about any part of your face is absolutely necessary to making your makeup last and your lips are no exception. Before priming, take your favorite lip balm and run it over your lips to get rid of any dryness. Then, take a lip primer (not a face primer!) and swipe it over your pout. Let it dry before doing step number 2.

2. Line Those Bad Boys

Some people will tell you that your next step is to apply foundation to your lips, but we feel from our own experience this isn't really necessary. Skip out on the foundation and go straight for your liner.

Here is our ultimate trick: Rather than spending money on liner that will match every lipstick we own, we invest our money in a nude lip liner that will work against any color and keep that lipstick in the lines. With a nude liner, trace the outside of your lips carefully.
BeautyIf you prefer using a liner the color of your lipstick, trace that liner within the lines of your lips, being careful not to over-line your lips too much. Over-lining has a tendency to take away from the look and make the color overwhelming, which we totes don't want!

3. Put Your Best Red Shade On

Now that your lips are lined to perfection, pop that shade of lipstick right on, being mindful of keeping it in the lines you created. If the lipstick does stray outside of the lines, don't panic! Rather than trying to wipe it off..

4. Grab Your Concealer

Rubbing red lipstick all over your face will only make matters worse, leaving your friends to wonder who your latest makeup sesh was. Rather than smearing your fave product all over your chin and making your face redder in the process, grab some concealer and apply it around the areas that your lipstick strayed from the liner. This will create the clean-lined look you're hoping for.

Now go out, channel your inner T. Swift and take selfies to your heart's content. You'll see how those lines pour in!


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