I believe that everyone can look amazing in red lipstick – it’s all about choosing the colour and the texture that suits you.

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There is something empowering about wearing red. It always gives me a confidence boost. I could have barely there makeup on, but as soon as I pop a coat of red on something comes over me. I automatically feel put together – that is, if it hasn’t transferred to my teeth.

I normally wear a matte red – MAC lady danger all the way. Recently I have been giving a luxe satin finish red a go, after all it’s fun to mix things up.

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After washing and moisturising your face, apply a primer. At the moment I am loving the Infallible matte primer by L’Oreal, but you can literally use whatever you have on hand.

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I then use one pump of my NARS Luminous foundation. I should probably head into Mecca or Sephora in the next week to buy a new foundation for Winter. This felt a little too dry on my skin.

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Peace sign optional.

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You’ve heard me RAVE about this miracle wand by Charlotte Tilbury before. I use this every day (that and my YSL Touche Eclat). I apply this under my eyes and down the centre of my nose. My shade is 2!

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Brow time and for this look I decided to go with a wax and powder for a more natural look. If you like a more defined brow opt for a pencil or pomade. I use Browzing by Benefit.

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See, unruly brows. Again!

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I love these matte shade. They’re so perfect for day time when you don’t want to sparkle like Edward Cullen. Is that his name? I know nothing. These are by The Balm and they’re the bomb. Yes, I am pretty sure I am the first person to come up with that.

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Work the lightest brown shade into your crease. You could also use a matte bronzer for this.

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Next up: This incredible pot of gold by Charlotte Tilbury. I like these pots because they’re so simple to use. Even I can use them. Pop some of this onto your lid then blend out any harsh lines.

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Super pigmented. It’s like all our makeup prayers were answered.

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Annnnd then smoke it our underneath.

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I have a confession: I hated blush until I bought this one. It’s a really soft colour and it doesn’t make me look like I just ran up 12 flights of stairs. I love Nars Reckless. I find the cult colour of “Orgasm” (first time that word has been on my blog), a little too harsh for me.

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Apply to the apples. You know the deal.

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Usually this would come straight after the eyeshadow, but I got all flustered. Shooting yourself do makeup is tough. Apply a thin coat. This look is all about the lips! I’m using the Marc Jacobs Mascara at the moment and LOVE. And I am sure I am not alone.

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This highlighter from Mecca is so, so great. Just take a look at that glow.

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This glow. This is the glow. Apply to the cheekbones and all the other usual suspects.

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I have always loved red but have felt over the past six months the one I had been using wasn’t working for me. This red lipstick applies quite thin, so you need to apply a lot to be able to get a good coverage. I love the colour and the way it wears. Marilyn RUBY Red by Maxfactor.

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Precision is key! I love my travel lip brush I bought from MAC years ago best!

I hope you liked this simple and effect look! I feel like it’s a look everyone can pull off!

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Author: Ally Hayward

Hi, I am Ally, a writer and creative at Substance. I have worked in the fashion industry for 6+ years as a model and now on Substance. Substance is a lifestyle blog about fashion, beauty, health and self-improvement; hoping to inspire you to live a life filled with Substance. For more: @AllyMayHayward

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