Happy Valentine's Day, everyone! It's 24 hours dedicated to love, admiration, and in our case, a bold red lip. On a day like this one, when we dare to step out with a striking red lip, therein lies one major issue: getting it to withstand fancy dinners, innumerable cocktails, and those inevitable smooches. And though I can only relate to two out of those three things (just guess), I can still appreciate some professional guidance on how to make lipstick look great and stay in place.
Enter Dionne Wynn, a celebrity makeup artist who might as well have a PhD in the art of red lipstick. Her expertise has kept lipsticks on through hours-long photo shoots, movie sets, and the most exclusive awards season parties. I sat down with her for a crash course on red lips right in time for this lovers' holiday.
So whether you're showing yourself, your gal pals, or your bae some extra affection today, this is how to make sure that your lip never falters.
Wynn spilled all the deets in an exclusive with Revelist about how to make red lips extra kissable and what to look for in the pursuit of a perfect red lip.
If you're headed out on V-Day, or just want to brush up on your lipstick game for the future, this is how to keep your color in place, straight from the pros.
Keeping your lipstick in place surprisingly requires the same magical product that we use to keep our foundation in place: setting powder.
The trick is simple: "Apply the lipstick as you would, then separate a Kleenex. Hold the Kleenex on your lips, take a puff with translucent powder, and press it on top of your lips," she advised. "Remove [the tissue] and reapply lipstick again."
Do this, and Wynn says you'll make your already long-wear lipstick last even longer. Setting powders like these are perfect for keeping your lipstick in place. She also suggests Make Up For Ever's Aquaseal to ensure that your red lip will stay on through any party or romantic evening.
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Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal ($21, Sephora)
Aqua Seal instantly converts your favorite makeup products into waterproof formulas. Its lightweight, liquid texture intensifies pigments and shimmer for a dramatic, long-lasting result.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Finish-Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder ($44, Sephora)
A creamy, loose setting powder with five forms of coconut and cocoa butter sets makeup with a soft matte finish for up to eight hours. That lipstick won't be going anywhere.
NYX SFX Setting Powder ($10, Target)
This loose setting powder enhances the wear of any lipstick. You can also dust this versatile and velvety soft formula over your lips for a comfortable matte finish. It's both lightweight and totally translucent.
Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipstick in Mary Jo ($17, Kylie Cosmetics)
This lipstick has high-intensity pigment for an instant bold matte lip. The extremely long-wearing lipstick contains moisturizing ingredients for a comfortable, emollient, and silky feel that does not dry your lips out.
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery ($22, Sephora)
This creamy, full-coverage lip color provides intense hydration with bold, long-lasting pigment that stays put for up to 12 hours of continuous wear.
Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color in Uncensored ($24, Sephora)
A weightless, 12-hour liquid lipstick with a soft matte finish looks incredible on all skin tones.
Wynn's all-time favorite, however, is a color that you probably already have in your stash: MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo ($19, MAC Cosmetics)
Her sentiment is the same as any girl that made the iconic shade her first-ever red.
"My all-time go-to favorite red lipstick is MAC Retro Matte Ruby Woo," she said. "We've been through lots of clients and romances together."
And as for that "black women can't just wear any red" misconception, Wynn says we can do whatever the heck we want.