How to wear red lipstick and smoky eyes

Learn How To Wear Red Lipstick & Smokey Eyes

Max Factor make-up Artist, Caroline Barnes, drops the secret makeup tips and tricks on red lips, smoky eyes, and flawless skin for this party season!


Caroline Barnes is one of the UKs most established make-up artists. With a wealth of experience across film, video, red-carpet and photography, she is well known for creating and celebrating natural beauty and glamour whist pushing creative boundaries to build, interpret and re-imagine new and classic make-up trends. Her outstanding reputation means Caroline has established an enviable roster of clients from Diane Kruger, Lily James and Anna Friel to Naomi Campbell, Nicole Scherzinger and Gillian Anderson. Known industry wide for her passion, skill and pure professionalism, both clients and brands adore working with Caroline.

1. Flawless Skin Makeup

The secret lies in using a radiant primer to give skin a candlelight glow. Opt for a hydrating foundation and build it up in the places you need it most, concentrating on the centre of the face where most imperfections lie. Then set with powder, buffing into skin with a small blusher brush on the t-zone only.
Tip: Top up hydration levels throughout the day with a moisturising makeup setting spray to combat cold weather and central heating. 

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2. How to Wear Red Lipstick

The trick to getting bright red lips right is a great lip liner – this helps your lipstick last longer and allows you to achieve a great shape. Fill in lips with a matte lipstick first, then apply a moisturising lipstick on top, pushing the colour into your lips with your ring finger so as not to over apply. This gives a balmy and flattering look to lips. 
Tip: Go for a shade of red that works with your skin tone, going cool or warm depending on your colouring. Avoid reds with brown tones if you want to brighten your teeth. 

3. Smoky Eyes

Smoky eyes don’t always call for black. Go for any dark shade; gunmetal grey or chocolate brown are two of the most flattering hues. Apply eyeshadow all over your eyelids, then use the same shadow and a small brush to line eyes on the top and bottom lash lines. Finally, inject definition by applying a black eye pencil on top, pushing the pencil in between eye lashes, finishing with mascara. For more dimension, try experimenting with an eyeshadow palette with a mix of different colours and tones. Also, check out how to get the smokey eyed look here.
Tip: If you dare to wear black, opt for a cream texture shot with a tiny bit of sparkle, which is a softer more youthful option than a black powder eyeshadow. 

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