The Easiest Way to Wear Red Lipstick

—-> I’ve found your new favorite way to wear red lipstick. 😉

Nine times out of 10, I’d rather wear a nude lip than a red, because I just don’t like having to deal with the precision, man. I don’t want to spend the time loading a lip brush or dealing with red lip liner, or correcting any wonkiness with concealer. I just wanna put on some lipstick, quickly, and get on to living my cat’s best life, ha ha ha!

Be that as it may, this doesn’t mean I don’t ❤️ wearing red lips because I totally do! — especially during the holidays. ‘Tis the season for red, after all, so I have a workaround way to wear red that I’ve been loving lately, and I think you will too.

Note: It’s SUPER easy.

I’ve been doing it a lot lately with Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Tryst ($18), a charming creamy reddish fuchsia.

Here it is straight from the tube. No liner, no lip brush.

urban decay tryst lip swatch
Crazy for crimson (but not the time it takes to apply it)

I like this red full-on by itself, but it does take some elbow grease to get everything all even, and to do it semi-decently in a moving car, which is where I usually put on my lip color these days, because I’m always cutting it this close to getting somewhere on time.

So lately I’ll start with a layer of nude lipstick (Honest Beauty Blossom is my current fave, but any nude should work) instead. Then, after I get a layer down, I apply a thin layer of red lipstick on top, directly from the tube. Then I rub my lips together to mix everything, and feather the edges with a finger.

urban decay tryst on top of honest beauty blossom
You can totally do this in a moving vehicle, I swear.

The nude lipstick diffuses the red and brings down the intensity, so I still get the essence of “festive holiday crimson,” but without having to do the other steps red usually requires.

urban decay tryst honest beauty blossom
‘ze final look

I’ve done this a couple times now at holiday parties and get-togethers and have gotten quite a few compliments, and when I walk people through the process, they’re always surprised by how simply effective it is. Try it sometime!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,

Karen

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