Ruby Hammer shows you how to get the perfect red lip

31 March 2009

Red-hot lips are popping up all over the catwalks at the moment, but what's a girl to do when her lippy seems to slide off after about three seconds (or the first glass of champagne)? To get the expert know-how, we caught up with TV make-up guru Ruby Hammer, to ask her how to apply the perfect red lip and make it last all night...

Step 1: Use an old toothbrush to scrub off any dead skin so you can start with a smooth surface. Rub lip balm into lips and allow it to sink in for a few minutes.

Step 2: Use some of your usual concealer or foundation around the outside of the lip to act as a barrier and stop smudges and leaks...

Step 3: Use a lip brush and load it with a generous amount of lippy. Think of your lips as being four quarters. Take the lower right-hand side first, line the outside, then fill in that section of the lip before moving on to the three other quarters.

Step 4: Ruby's genius tip is to place one single-ply layer of tissue over the mouth, grab a large blusher brush and sweep a translucent loose powder OVER the tissue where it touches the mouth to act as a 'sieve' and take of any excess.

Step 5: Run a cotton wool bud around the inside of the mouth to remove any excess and prevent that lippy-on-the-teeth look.

Step 6: Go out and have fun. We guarantee your pout will still be perfect at the end of the night!

Check out this week's issue of Grazia to see the pictures of everyone from Scarlett Johansson to Mary-Kate Olsen working the red lip trend...

- Bella Blissett


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