According to my husband, red lips are scary.   I have a hunch he’s not the only one who finds them…a little hard to handle.   Not for the same reasons, of course, but the idea that bold lipstick can be intimidating is not at all difficult for me to comprehend.  It can make a mess if it isn’t done correctly.  Whether it ends up transferred onto to your significant other via a smooch or onto your teeth, face or the collar of your silk blouse… you’ve suddenly gone from feeling pretty to pretty damn panicked in seconds.  Am I right?

In considering how much I love wearing my red lipstick, I’ve realized that I don’t want other women to feel afraid to try it.  So, if this is something you’ve thought about experimenting with… keep reading!  I’m going to share the exact products and steps I use to apply my signature red lip look.




  1. Prepare your lips by exfoliating and moisturizing.  The first thing I do is apply Henne Organics Lip Exfoliator Scrub onto dry  bare lips.  Use your finger to gently rub it in so that you are removing any dry, flaky skin.  Next,  use a moisturizing lip balm on top of the Henne lip scrub.  My go to for a super moisturizing balm is Rosebud Salveand this product is perfect for prepping for a bold lip application.  Now that your lips are covered in little sugar scrubbies that smell like roses, and plenty of soothing moisture, you can proceed with the rest of your make up routine while that soaks in.
  2. Next, use a tissue or a damp face cloth to remove whatever is left of the goop from your lips.
  3. Now you’ll want to choose a chap stick type of lip balm.  Something that isn’t slippery and will serve as a base for your bold lip color.  I use Burt’s Bees Original beeswax balm with vitamin E & peppermint oil.   This step is important so don’t skip it unless you want your lips to resemble a dry shriveled up prune after a short time of rocking your red lips!
  4. Now we are ready for the liner.  First you’ll want to  line your lips, and then draw a few horizontal lines in the center of your lips and use your finger to work it in.  Once this is done, you will have a light red even coat of color that looks like it is part of your lips.  My favorite liner is Urban Decay 24/7 in bad blood.   
  5. At last, it is time to apply the color!  I highly recommend Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Satin Lipstick in le rouge .   First, apply an even coat of the lip color all over your lips then gently blot using a tissue.  Apply a second coat of color all over your lips, and then use a lip brush to precisely define the outer edge of your lips and then blend the color down onto your lips so that the finished look is smooth and even.  I highly recommend the MAC 316 Lip Brush .
  6. You can do this next step now, or any time you start to feel dry while you are wearing red lips.  Dab a very small amount of your moisturizing balm (Rosebud Salve works great) onto your finger and apply to the inner part of the center of your lips.  This keeps your lips from feeling dried out but, because you are keeping the gloss only in the very center, it shouldn’t cause your color to bleed onto your face.  Check your teeth after this step every time!

Always, always, always…make sure you don’t have lipstick on your teeth before you walk away from your mirror!  

I hope this is helpful!  As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or suggestions.  You can leave a comment below or email me at



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