Beauty: Red-Hot Lips; for This Season's Full-On Glamour, a Bright Red Pout Is Essential. to Make Sure We Look More Marilyn Monroe Than Marilyn Manson, We Called in Our Two Bodacious Beauty Divas

The Mirror (London, England), September 8, 2001 | Go to article overview
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Beauty: Red-Hot Lips; for This Season's Full-On Glamour, a Bright Red Pout Is Essential. to Make Sure We Look More Marilyn Monroe Than Marilyn Manson, We Called in Our Two Bodacious Beauty Divas


Byline: Text by Suzanne Duckett

Who better than international make-up artist for Max Factor and global party animal, Jemma Kidd, for the hottest beauty tips and products around?

Uptown girl Jemma Kidd says `The key to wearing this autumn/winter's hot red lips look - and not ending up looking like one of the backing singers from Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love video ('80s revival is sooo last season) - is to keep the rest of your make-up simple:

l Apply base to create an even canvas.

l Dust blusher over your face to warm up your skin, especially if you're very pale (only face-perfect models can get away with lily-white skin and bright red lips).

l Use just a coat of mascara to define your eyes - anything else will look OTT.'

Get your lips ready for red

`As with any bold beauty statement, preparation is the key. Prep your lips by gently buffing them with a baby's toothbrush, then apply a moisturising lip balm. I love Laura Mercier Skin Care Lip Silk, pounds 12.50 (0870-169 9999) - a little goes a long way and it contains AHAs which help remove dead, dry skin cells. Do this at least an hour before you apply the lipstick, to give your lips plenty of time to absorb the moisturisers. Lipstick will slide off if you apply it over lip balm.

`To prevent that pesky, feathered look that is caused by lipstick bleeding into the fine lines around your mouth, try BeneFit De Groovie, pounds 18 (0901-113 0001). It's a nifty colourless lip wax that you paint over your natural lipline after you've applied a lipliner. It melts into the lines forming an invisible barrier stopping lipstick from bleeding.

`When it comes to lipliner, opt for a soft one as they're much easier to apply. I flit between Armani Smooth Silk Lip Pencil 06, pounds 12, and MAC Lip Pencil in Plum, pounds 8 (020-7534 9222). Using soft, feathery strokes, follow your natural lipline, creating a soft light outline rather than a heavy solid one, then soften with your fingertip.

`I recommend using a lip brush with your lipstick rather than applying it straight from the bullet (that's the techie term for the stick). This will dilute the intensity.

`Choose a red lipstick with long-lasting, moisturising formulas. This is really important as brighter shades contain more pigments and can be drying.'

My fab four lovely lippies

l Clarins Le Rouge Passion collection of reds, pounds 13 each - they smell like sweeties, making your lips extra- kissable.

l Yves Saint Laurent Pur Lipstick in Copyright Red, pounds 15.50, a gorgeous pinky-red that suits most skin types.

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