Power of Three: Red Alert

A swipe of red lipstick makes us feel special anytime of the year, but there is something particularly festive about rocking a crimson pout during the winter months. This classic look conveys confidence, sophistication, and sex appeal at the same time. Best of all, when you load on the lip color, there’s no need for tons of other makeup.

Step 1: Sunday Riley Juno Transformative Lipid Serum

There is good skin and then there is great skin (i.e. the editorial-worthy kind that literally glows). But even models aren’t born with luminous complexions — they fake it with lush face oils like Sunday Riley’s Juno Transformative Lipid Serum. The super hydrating blend of natural oils soaks in quickly and leaves skin beaming — which is just perfect for making a bold lip color really project.

Step 2: stila eyeshadow in Black Cat

While your lips are the focus of this look, that doesn’t mean completely forgoing eye makeup. Use a sultry shadow like stila’s dark metallic Black Cat shadow, and apply a light wash of color to the outer corner of your lid to create a subtle smoky eye. We like stila’s #9 all over blend brush, which gives us a light gradual application.

Step 3: Beauty is Life Lipstick in Kingdom

Finally, the main event: the lipstick! To get that precise red lip, be sure to first exfoliate with a product like Befine’s Lip Exfoliator so you’re applying your color to a smooth canvas. Once your lips are flake-free and moisturized, apply away (tip: a lip brush helps with flawless definition). While there are a zillion hues of red out there, we’re smitten with Beauty is Life’s Kingdom because it looks good on every complexion and has lovely blue undertones that make teeth look whiter.

For more easy makeup inspiration, check out the rest of our Power of Three series here.

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