5 Ways To Wear Red Lipstick

A good red lipstick is a girl’s best friend. Instantly transforming your look from boring to bold in one easy swipe, it’s the ultimate in look-at-me beauty weapons.

But finding the right shade for the right occasion is no mean feat. So we’ve asked Max Factor ambassador Caroline Barnes for her make-up artistry to achieve the perfect power lip, day or night.

How To Rock A Red Lip…

In The Day: Longevity is key when it comes to your daytime stain. ‘Having a long lasting formula helps your lips to stay painted all day. Max Factor’s Lip Finity in Just in Love is the perfect classic red and contains a handy balm to keep lips hydrated from desk to dinner.’

In The Evening: Come nightfall, you can afford to vamp things up a little and rock a bolder hue. This season, the AW14 catwalk was awash with deep, dark burgundy tones. ‘I adore Mulberry Colour Elixir for a night out. It’s a perfect modern burgundy red with a subtle sheen that demands attention and won’t come off on your wine glass.’

On Holiday: Compliment your tan with a sheer, high-shine colour pop. ‘My favourite is Colour Elixir Gloss in Enchanting Coral. Its fresh and vibrant hue really makes bronzed skin sing and it’s also beautifully non-sticky in a breeze.’

At Work: Opt for a classic pillarbox shade for the ultimate power pout. ‘A working red needs to be classic – I would use the Giant Pen Stick In Passionate Red as it contains brown undertones for a sophisticated nod to the ’90s, whilst still looking very glamorous.’

On A Date: Let your lips do the talking with a brilliant bright red. ‘This red needs to be long lasting yet intensely kissable. My favourite choice would be Ruby Tuesday Colour Elixir as it’s incredibly seductive. Layer with Red Rush Lip Liner to create the perfect shape.’