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Red Hot Pinup Lips

Retro Red Pinup Girl Lips

There is nothing more iconic and feminine than a gorgeous red lip, and that has held true since Cleopatra used berries to stain her queenly Egyptian lips.

Retro Red Lips

Modern day pin-ups like Megan Fox, Dita Von Teese, and Angelina Jolie are still rocking this beauty classic.

A bold lip can be an intimidating prospect for even the seasoned beauty junkie, but I assure you that it is an absolute necessity to finishing off an authentic retro look.

Like any beauty process, the first step to the perfect vintage red lip is preparation, and nothing will ruin a fabulous kisser like lips that are decidedly unkissable.

Dita Von Teese Signature Red Lips

Dita Von Teese Signature Red Lips

A sugar based lip exfoliant will slough off any dry, crusty lippage and have your mouth smooth and baby soft.

The Lip Scrub by Sara Happ comes in yummy flavors like Red Velvet and Cocoa while Lush makes the deliciously mint chocolatey Mint Julips flavor.

Both scrubs come in little pots, so just slather on lips in a circular motion and gently wipe off with a towel or tissue – although they are so delicious you may find yourself just licking them off.

Once lips are nice and smooth, give ‘em a shot of moisturizer with balm or even good ol’ chapstick.

Try the Rosebud Co’s famous Rosebud Salve for super hydration that smells like heaven.

Rosebud Salve

Color Application

Lip Liners

A red lip definitely requires some shaping, so lip liner is a must.

If you’re going for it with a full coverage lip color, continue the theme with a coordinating lip liner, like MAC Cherry or Nars Jungle Red.

For a more subtle or sheer shade, or if you’re planning ondoing any reshaping or overdrawing of your natural lip line, try something a bit more neutral, lik e MAC Whirl.

Whatever your color choice, fill your lips in with pencil to add additional staying power.

If Your Lip Color Bleeds

If you have any issue with lip color bleeding or feathering, you may also want to pick up a clear or reverse lip pencil, like Urban Decay Ozone, which is applied just along the outside of your lip liner which keeps everything right where it’s supposed to be.

The Lip

Which brings us to the main event – lipstick, lip gloss, lip stain, what have you. The shades and finishes are endless.

If you’re looking for something low maintenance, try a stain like Revlon Just Bitten in Gothic, which will stay put for hours of eating, drinking and smooching.

For lip color that’s a bit more sheer, Tarte Lipsurgence Luster in Fever is a cherry red loaded with sheen.

Julie Hewett’s Oona Noir is a slightly deeper satiny shade, and the Revlon Lip Butters in Candy Apple and Cherry Tart are bright and cheery and totally wearable.

For a more traditional pin-up lip, go matte with the classic MAC Russian Red, which flatters beauties of every skin tone, or the incredibly chic NARS Jungle Red.

Or indulge in total decadence with Yves Saint Laurent’s Golden Cherry 24 Karat Gloss that’s a bright crimson peppered with actual flecks of 24 karat cold.

There are so many ways to rock a red lip, and there is a right red for every gal.

You’ve just got to be brave and start experimenting until you find the perfect shade that transforms you into the perfect pin-up!

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Red Hot Pinup Lips
Published November 27, 2012

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