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Red lippy is a classic colour that EVERY woman should have in her collection and knowing how to wear red lipstick is one way of attaining the quintessential sexy look. Nothing quite says confidence, power and sexy all at the same time like a crimson pout.

While the legendary shade may be a staple for some us, there are still a good number of us who are hesitant about it. Of course there is nothing wrong with more subtle shades, but with reds you are guaranteed an instant confidence boost with seamless transformation from any day-to-night look.

For a how to, on how to create and perfect a flawless red lip, read on.

STEP ONE: PREP the POUT

Making sure your lips are in prime condition is key. Gently exfoliate with a lip polish and moisturize with your favourite un-tinted lip balm, letting it sink in to ensure your lips are super soft.

STEP TWO: LAY THE FOUNDATION

Next lightly dab your go to foundation or concealer over your lips to block out the natural pigment in your lips. While this may seem a little crazy, this will help get the truest tone out of your lipstick. Remember to blot any leftover foundation or concealer not to dilute the lipstick pigment.

STEP THREE: PERFECT YOUR CUPIDS BOW

Draw the outline of a cupids bow; that is, use your lip pencil to draw an ‘X’ on your top lip so that the ‘X’ frames your cupids bow, then line the rest of your top lip. This will not only stop your lipstick from bleeding, it will add a sexy definition to your lips.

STEP FOUR: APPLY THE LIPPY

Begin application at the centre of the mouth—applying directly from the tube or with a lip brush—and then blend outwards to the corners of the lips. This technique allows you to slowly build up colour and control its intensity.

STEP FIVE:

Once you’ve achieved your desired tone, gently dust translucent powder over your lips to set your colour and give it super staying power.

EXTRA CREDIT: To make sure your red lips last for hours, repeat steps four and five.

And there you have it! Sexy, sultry and perfect red lips in just four easy steps!