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6 STEPS FOR A PERFECT RED LIP

What does it take to create the perfect red pout? Makeup artist Angie Parker walks you through the process in six steps.


Written By NATALIA GARDUÑO

Photography By ANNA PALMA
Makeup By ANGIE PARKER
Hair By BENOIT MOEYAERT

Nails By MAR Y SOUL

Model PAIGE REIFLER

Makeup artist Angie Parker cut her teeth assisting world-renowned artists, such as Linda Cantello and Diane Kendal, before creating looks for Vogue, ELLE, and Harper’s Bazaar. In collaboration with noted photographer and VIOLET GREY contributor Anna Palma, Parker puts her twist on the most iconic lipstick shade: Red.

Selecting Tom Ford Lip Color in Scarlet Rouge for the job, the New York-based Brit channeled Blondie legend Debbie Harry and her vibrant contoured pout (think “Heart Of Glass” vibes). “It was a throwback to Blondie’s makeup looks in the ’70s,” explains Parker, “a little rock ‘n’ roll and a little polished.” The artist went a step further by breaking down the prep, routine, and kit essentials required to recreate the final effect. Here's how to nail it in six steps.


The PERFECT
RED LIP

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“I always like to start with a lip scrub,” says Parker. We recommend gently buffing away dull skin with Apa Beauty’s Lip Loofah. The sugar and sweet almond seed scrub conditions and replenishes moisture with a blend of jojoba oil, shea butter, and orange peel.

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Prime your ZIIP. The handheld device delivers noticeable yet natural-looking fullness in a cool 4 minutes. While plumping your pout, you can also target the skin above and below your lips to help minimize lines.

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Next, the artist suggests using a treatment to help nourish and soften lips like Dr. Macrene’s High Performance Anti-Aging and Filler Lip Treatment. The formula combines more than 20 actives, leaving your pout smoother, more hydrated, and pillowy.

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Your lipstick won’t stay if your lips are too greasy. So the artist used a makeup wipe to remove any lingering residue from the filler treatment before applying pigment.

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Parker advocates for liner to create long-lasting definition or to resize your lip’s natural shape. This creamy version from M·A·C can be used to line the lips or fill them in.

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Consider selecting a red shade that compliments your skin tone and offers hydrating benefits like this formula from Tom Ford. Ingredients like soja seed extract and Brazilian murumuru butter ensure the full-coverage pigment will never dry out or flake.