THE Perfect Red Lip?

It's no secret, I am crazy pale. A younger me would go on regular holidays and tan so easily, however 12 years without a trip abroad (crying face emoji) means my skin is paler than ever. I told myself I'd never be able to pull off a red lip, until I finally took the plunge and discovered that actually, it's not all that bad.

I think a major step in becoming confident wearing a bright red lip colour such as MAC's Ruby Woo is to literally just go all out and think 'what's the worst that could happen?!'. Easier said than done, I know, but once you've taken the plunge there'll be no going back. I was lucky enough to be gifted the aforementioned signature MAC red by my lovely boyfriend this Christmas, and although it got me super excited, I'll admit I was a little scared when it came to the first application.

'What if I make my lip shape all wonky?'
'What if it sticks to all my wintery dry bits?'
'What if it goes wrong and I can't get it off?'
'What if it slides around my face and I inadvertently end up looking like The Joker?'

Needless to say, none of those things happened. The world did not end, my lips did not fall off and I didn't end up looking Joker-esque (thank god). In fact, all that happened is that my confidence went through the roof and I felt sassy as hell. With a full face of Christmas makeup and some decent lipstick application, I didn't care what anyone else thought and felt like I could take on the world. Obviously I ended up wearing it non-stop for the rest of the week. 

A shameless selfie from said Christmas Day,
so you can see what Ruby Woo looks like on!

Most of that is owed to MAC's brilliant lipstick formula, and a quick search for Ruby Woo on the blogosphere will tell you that. It's a lovely long-lasting blue-toned red, with a matte formula that isn't too drying and is pretty painless to apply. However, MAC lippies are a rarity in my collection (as we all know they aren't the cheapest of things on a student budget), so here are some of my little pointers to get that flawless application from almost ANY lipstick.

A few little tips I can't live without:
♡ ALWAYS use a lipliner - It might seem like an obvious statement but I really can't stress how important it is. It's insane how much longer my lippy lasts when I apply a liner first, not to mention it makes application so much easier and it looks so much neater in the end! Even if the two colours aren't an exact match, do a little blending with a lip brush and no one will ever know! 

♡ Lipcote is your best friend - I'm thinking of doing a more lengthy review on this little bottle of wonder as it's become my lifesaver product. I used to work 12 hour days and a girl I worked with would have gorgeous red lips the ENTIRE time and I never saw her re-apply. She recommended Lipcote to me and I haven't looked back since. Use this the right way with a decent quality lipstick and liner, and you won't have to re-apply all day (even through eating/drinking/whatever else you might get up to with your lips). Guaranteed, your lip colour will not budge. Heaven!

Invest in a good lip brush - Because blending lipstick with your fingers isn't the greatest thing when you forget it's there and end up coating everything else you touch with a nice shade of 'fingerprint red'. A lip brush will give much more precise application, you can blend out colour much more easily if it's too bright, and it means your lippy will go a lot further in the long run! I'm currently using a Real Techniques Accent Brush, which was actually included in the eye collection but who cares haha, it still works like a dream.

I apologise for the massive post, although I did quite enjoy rambling on haha - it seems lipstick application cannot be skipped over lightly! If you have any more little tips I'd love to hear them! 

Big love, 

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