I’m all about a bold lip. Bright colors, dark colors, any and all colors as long as they are bold, vivid and intense. One of my go-to’s for dramatic day or night lip wear is a blood red lip. Maybe it’s because I like vampire movies, maybe it’s because I like red wine, maybe I’m just a creep, but I find this to be one of the more interesting shades of red.
Red is a statement-making color that can be adjusted to achieve pretty much any look. Sophisticated, punk, goth, sloppy, chic, casual, you can use reds alone or in combination to get your desired aesthetic in check. Right now, I’m shooting for the bloodiest blood red lips I can get. This looks adds drama and dimension to whatever you have going on, so give it a whirl and let me know what you think!
For this look you need two lipsticks/stains/colors/tints/what have you. You will need one very dark, blue-based red, and one bright, true red. I’ve chosen Nars Amsterdam and OCC Lip Tar NSFW for this post, but two other colors that are also great for this are Revlon Black Cherry and Cover Girl Liperfection in Hot. Revlon Black Cherry is one of those super-amazing staple reds that you can layer up to make it an almost black red, or keep it lighter so that your lips look like they were stained by cherries. It’s a perfect dark red for the bloodiest blood red lips.
Making unique color combinations using lipsticks you already own is an easy way to expand your on-hand color selection and add variety to your collection. Once you start mixing and matching to make new colors, you’ll find you have way more options than when each color was it’s own thing, and that’s awesome! You can pretty much Bob Ross the hell out of your mouth and have happy little shades and hues all the live long day. By using a darker red and a brighter red, you’re able to layer up the intensity of each one to get precisely the color you want, whenever you want.
Begin by applying the darkest red first. Blot it on and then use your finger or a lipstick brush to smooth it out and spread it evenly. Do your lips look awesome with that dark red veneer adding fullness and dimension? I bet they do! Now take your brighter red and apply that as a top layer. Use your lipstick brush to blend the colors together and spread it out to your lip line. Super sanguine saturation, you now have a perfect blood red lip!
Do you normally rock a red lip? What are your favorite reds? Are you into the blood red look? Hit me up in the comments and tell me about it!