Jake Gylenhaal, Taylor Lautner, Harry Styles, John Mayer . . . quite the assortment of guys who don't even seem to belong in the same sentence. The one thing they did have in common? My bet's on a fiery red lipstick stamp on their cheeks at one time or another by none other than Miss T-Sweezy herself.
You'd think it'd be that divine little voice of hers that would lure the men in, but I feel like her lovely red lips are her siren call, and I can't blame that random roster of Romeos for being taken under her spell because I think they're absolutely magnificent myself. Cat eye and a red lip? My girrrrl.
I'm not much of a songstress or lyricist, and I don't have millions of Twitter or Instagram followers, but what I do have in common with Taylor is that we're rarely without our red lips. Do you ever see her without them? And do you ever see me without mine? It's a rare occasion to be sure, but your best bet is if you catch me en route to the dentist (made that mistake once—his poor gloves!). Otherwise, good luck.
As you've probably gathered, T-Swift is my Celeb-Inspired Makeup Look today so I'm going to show you how to rock a red lip like . . . well, Taylor Swift.
Whether it's for Memorial Day weekend, the Fourth of July, or if you're like me, running out for your morning coffee, I hope you get a little FEARLESS and give red lips a chance to steal your heart.
(I linked the products I used down below in case you want to recreate this exact color.)
- Step 1: Start out with moisturized lips, then rub off any of the excess / overkill (chapstick seems to go on thicker than it needs to be).
- Step 2: I use a primer to make sure my lips last all day. I'm using one from Too Faced, and it's actually the only lip primer I've ever used.
- Step 3: Line your lips with a dark auburn / brown liner. The one I used was actually just a Maybelline eyebrow pencil. The liner should be darker than the lipstick shade itself. If you want to really closely mimic Taylor's look, make sure you accentuate the peaks of your cupid's bow (the dip and peaks in the top lip).
- Step 4: Apply a dark crimson red lipstick around the outsides of your lips like I did in the bottom left corner, and blend the color into the liner and lightly blend it all in towards the center with a lip brush. If you don't have a lip brush, don't feel the need to buy one. Those 10 long nubs on your hands will work just as well.
- Step 5: Apply a brighter red lipstick all over. The darker hue underneath will show through slightly and create a gradient effect that makes your lips look fuller!
- Step 6: This is optional, but a trick celebrities use for red-carpet events is to apply white eyeliner VERY LIGHTLY around the edges of your mouth to create more contrast. I think white is a little too stark, noticeable, and unnatural-looking, so I use a light flesh-toned pencil by NYX that I'm absolutely in love with (in fact, it got its own post—coming up!). No need to apply it under the center of your bottom lip (the shadows make your lips look even FULLER!), but make sure you get above that cupid's bow as well as the sides of the bottom lip.
If you feel like a total clown the first time you try this . . . that sounds about right. If you're one of those people who are thinking "SHE can pull it off because she's a perfect celebrity," or "She can pull it off, but I can't," don't fool yourself into thinking that. As someone who absolutely used to DESPISE anything but nude gloss or Chapstick on my lips, I'm just going to ask that you give yourself a couple of days to get used to it. I think it'll grow on ya.
If you don't believe me because you think I have some kind of agenda for pushing red lips on people, I'm presenting you with Exhibit A: One of my BFATs (best friends of all time) Keri. She never used to like anything but a nude lip on herself either, and she's unbelievably beautiful with or without a stitch of makeup . . .
. . . but then the curiosity finally won her over, and . . .
KNOCKOUT! Turning heads everywhere she went—wouldn't be surprised if she put a few guys in neck braces that day.
By the way, I let her borrow my NYX Matte Lipstick in Pure Red for her wedding, so this should sell you on the fact that it looks heavenly on the mouth and not just in the tube.
After all of this, I'll give you one guess at what color I grabbed for my own wedding . . .
That's how we roll. :)