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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