How to Apply Red Lipstick Like a Pro


Step 1

First up, you want to create your perfectly drawn, long-lasting base. For this, you use a lipliner.

Don’t rush this part. Begin by drawing on your outer lip line. Start with your ‘Cupids Bow’, then the centre of your bottom lip joining up on the outer edges.

Working from the centre outwards enables you to create perfect symmetry.


Step 2

Now fill-in using your liner.



Step 3

Next, apply your lipstick on top of your liner base.

Using a brush for this stage enables greater control.


Step 4

Finally, Blot using tissue. Then apply one final layer of lipstick to ensure a truly long-lasting finish.

Et Voila!


Our professional Make-up artist Ashley used the following products:

MAC lip liner in Brick

MAC Russian Red Matt lipstick

You can shop both products below ~


Big thanks to the very beautiful Kate for allowing us to feature her luscious lips!


Our professional MAC Make-up artist for the day was the lovely Ashley, and you can follow her amazing work here on Instagram

Are a you a red lip wearer? If so, what are your favourite red lipstick shades? Do share your favourites in the comments box below and lets share the red lippy love!

Don’t be scared to try this look ladies, just remember: Practice makes perfect.

9 comments on How to Apply Red Lipstick Like a Pro

  • Linda

    I didn’t know to put the lip liner under the lipstick too! Thanks for the tip. The colour you picked suits you perfectly
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  • You Baby Me Mummy

    I have only just become confident enough to wear a red lip. I didn’t know to fill the while lip in with the liner! x
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  • Cathy (MummyTravels)

    Those lips look amazing! I do love red lipstick when I want a quick way to dress up – nothing transforms your face as fast, I think, although I do tend to go for the quick fix route rather than proper liner. I’ve got a Max Factor one which doesn’t shift easily so that’s brilliant.
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  • Michaela Britton

    You see, I don’t wear lipstick for this exact reason. I’ve always struggled with how to put it on properly. I didn’t actually know that you could put lip liner on the whole lip so it’s great to see tips for this
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  • Emma

    I don’t tend to wear lipstick esp red which i should as i always think people wearing it look fab!
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  • Amanda

    I always wonder how ladies can get their lips to look so perfect! Now I know from reading your post. I am hopeless at make up but will try this look next time I purchase a new lippy.
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  • Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    Viola! You make it look so easy! The color is absolutely fabulous on you. Great tips x
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  • Rachel

    I am soooo rubbish at putting any kind of make-up on. If the make-up business depended on people like me then it would collapse! Is lovely to see it applied properly though.

  • Ickle Pickle

    I am not brave enough to wear red lipstick – this looks the perfect way to apply it though. It looks great too! Kaz x
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