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Feminspire | April 16, 2014

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How to Get the Bloodiest Blood Red Lips

How to Get the Bloodiest Blood Red Lips

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.

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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!

I had to take a selfie because I am a nerd who is always alone. I had to take a selfie because I am a nerd who is always alone

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!

Written by Sara Luckey
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  • FeministDisney

    I don’t know how healthy it is but I will often use a bright red lipstick, blot it a bit, and then lightly dust a dark brown or black eyeshadow over it. It makes the color a very nice dark and also more matte.

    • Sara Luckey

      Using eyeshadow under or over your lipstick is so choice. I do that too! It ups the amount of colors you have in the same way that blending existing lip colors does, and I dig that.

      I mean, I guess as long as we don’t eat the entire compact all at once, we’re *probably* pretty safe. (probably)

  • Effortless Cool

    I’m ALL for the bold red lip! I have a nice Covergirl color that stains my lips, but llamasqua and YSL are some of my favorite long lasting bold brands.

    • Sara Luckey

      Hellllz yeah to YSL! I have a few of their reds and I dig how creamy and smooth they are. I put on this one sort of chili pepper red (I can’t remember the #/color) and went out partying and my lips were still tinted from it 17 hours later. They’re pricy, but with staying power like that, I’m gonna say it’s worth it.

  • Sully

    My favorite red is Posh from elf cosmetics (only $1!) and I would love to wear it all the time, but my problem is that I’m still on the fence about whether red lipstick is appropriate for work. Some mornings I put it on and decide I want to tone it down a little, and then a little bit more, and next thing I know I’m wearing no lipstick at all anymore!

  • Rofique Hussain

    awesome tips, thanks for sharing!!!
    I am a red lipstick girl, i wear it almost all the time xD my absolute favorite red lippie is Mac-Russian Red:-)
    nice tips, will definitely give it a try^^

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