The red lip holds forever beauty relevance and thanks to Valentine’s Day, February is the perfect time of year to master the look. Cosmopolitan’s Beauty Editor, Bridget March talks us through her top tips for achieving a flawless red lip that will work for date night now, and will translate just as well throughout the season.


Who are  your red-lip style icons? Keira Knightly merits the timeless red lip well, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley puts an edgy spin on it by styling it with wet-look hair. Emma Stone also proves that red hair and red lips make for a striking combination. What are your Top Tips for applying a red lip?


How To Achieve the perfect red lip: 1. Sweep away dead skin with a smoothing natural product like the Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub 2. Soften your lips with a non-greasy balm like the Neal’s Yard Remedies Shea Nut & Rosehip Organic Lip Formula 3. “Sandwich” the colour. Start with a red lip liner (I love the BareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipliner in ‘Amped’) to map out your cupids bow and define the corners of your lips to give them structure and grip for the lipstick. (See the Cosmo tutorial images featured) 4. Fill in your lips with a matching red lipstick and blot with a tissue 5. Set the colour with a soft sweep of translucent powder on a fluffy brush, or some makeup setting spray like the Urban Decay All Nighter.


Finding the right shade for you:

Identify your skin tone. Look at the veins on your wrists. If they’re mostly blue and purple you have a cool undertone, so go for a shade like No7’s ‘Brick Red and ‘Soft Paprika’. If they are mostly green you have a warm undertone and warmer reds such as bareMinerals ‘Live it Up will work best. If they are a mix of both, you have a neutral undertone and either a variant, or a “true red” colour will complement your skin.

Bridget's Top 3 shades to suit any skin tone:

Illamasqua ‘Virgin’, MAC ‘Ruby Woo’  work for most skin people and MAC 'Viva Glam 1' looks great on dark skin.