Summer 2013 Beauty Trend: Flawless Red Lips


Red lips have always been a sign of effortless glamour – first coming in to prominence as an elegant Hollywood beauty look seen on the likes of Marilyn Monroe who was rarely spotted without a painted pout, these days a flawless red lip is as fresh, subtly sexy and timelessly chic as ever. The beauty look is once again a huge catwalk hit, spotted on the runway at Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Jason Wu and several other designers for Spring/Summer 2013.

The most noteworthy part? Every designer decided to pair their red lip with very subtle makeup: a light smoky eye perhaps or just a touch of bronzer – but the look was incredibly natural and pared down, allowing the emphasis to fall squarely on the glossy fresh, precisely painted lip. With shades varying from cherry red to a peachy almost orange variant, the look could be just as easily worn doing the day in a lighter shade, while it adapts for night with a lick of mascara and swept back hair – just add a clutch, heels and a simple dress to update that signature Monroe look.

 To get the look: start with a foundation with a dewy finish. Brush through eyebrows to add structure and add some subtle mascara or eyeliner to make eyes pop. The key to a perfect red lip all begins with a lipliner pencil in a matching or slightly lighter shade to your lipstick. Draw perfectly around your lips and fill in the rest with your lipstick, giving your lips a defined, flawless finish. A professional lip brush also helps to get a precise finish.

Take a look at where the trend popped up this season:

Dolce & Gabbana

Dolce & Gabbana

Jason Wu
jason wu

Jean Paul Gaultier
jean paul gaultier


Paul Smith
paul smith


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  1. BusyBee says

    I love me a red lip, but it takes a lot of time to find one that looks good

  2. maurice says

    Jean Paul Gaultier looks great with the red shade. love seeing women in red lipstick. makes ’em look so chic.

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