How can I wear bright red lipstick without looking washed out?

How can I wear bright red lipstick without looking washed out?
Try using Chanel’s revamped Rouge Coco 444 (centre) and 442.

British celebrity make-up artist Kay Montano was in town last month for the launch of Chanel's new make-up collections and the revamped Rouge Coco lipsticks.

Throughout her three-decade career, Ms Montano has done up the faces of celebrities such as supermodel Kate Moss, and actresses Nicole Kidman and Keira Knightley.

She has also worked on shoots with the industry's biggest photographers, including Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel, Bruce Weber and Mario Testino.

Ms Montano dishes out tips on how to perfect the red-lip look.

There is a red lipstick for every skin tone, be it one with an orange base or a blue tone.

Asian women can wear any kind of red they want. For more precision when applying a red lipstick, use a lip brush.

A strong colour on the lips can make the rest of the face look drained of colour and sallow. So, use a blusher to balance the colours on your face.

Pale pink blushers work only on those who are fair. For everyone else, especially those with olive or yellow-toned skin which can look muddy, use an orange blusher.

A coral or tangerine shade can make the skin colour look rich. For a light touch of blusher, apply it on the cheeks with a stipple brush.

Make sure you cover your blemishes, as red lips make spots more obvious.

Use a sheer foundation all over the face and cover the blemishes with a concealer.


This article was first published on March 27, 2015.
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