All images © Beau Bombshell, words by Heidi Griffiths

Firstly, have the confidence to ask for advice and remember, with any strong make-up look it is trial and error that will get the perfect look for you. Your local make-up artist will be happy to help and make-up lessons are relatively cheap or sometimes free. Why not hold a make-up party and have fun with creating looks? Alternatively, many department stores have some great services and staff who can help you find your ideal red – ask for help in choosing your shade but remember, there are no rules when it comes to your own look. You own it – you rock it! My tips are for those of you who want to try a red lip and start with the basics, but nailing the basics is key to perfecting your pin-up pout!


Invest in a red lip liner pencil, this is more important than the lipstick itself as strong colours can have a tendency to ‘bleed’ (spread out over the lip leading to a smudged look). Outlining your lips first with a liner that is a close match to your lipstick colour prevents bleed and helps your lipstick stay in place longer. If you have a thinner lip, lining the lips just outside of your natural lip line will also make them look fuller and more plumped.

Apply foundation to your lips – this will hold your lipstick in place and is a fantastic base.

Use your liner to draw around the shape of your lips. As I said previously, if you have a thinner lip, creating a line just outside the natural lip line will create the illusion of fuller lips. Accentuate your Cupid’s bow with your liner – this creates the perfect shape for your red siren lip look. The sharper your liner, the more sultry and sexy your red lipstick look will be.

Apply your choice of lipstick with a lipstick brush; this helps the lipstick to get right into the lip and provides staying power. Layer it up as much as you like but always apply with a brush, it really does make a difference (and your lipstick will last longer in the tube too).

Blot – fold a tissue in half and put it between your lips to get rid of the excess lipstick. This stops lipstick transferring on to your teeth, cups, wine glasses, etc.

Set your lipstick with a setting powder or translucent powder. Sweep a small blusher brush and apply lightly to your lips for real long lasting staying power. I found the perfect setting powder in Le Keux Pin Up Powder; this amazing powder sets all your make-up from your winged liner to your siren lips. This is my ‘must have’ product in my kit and is available at I am in love with their range of cosmetics but this powder is such an investment, not to mention that it comes in a gorgeous glass pot with the cutest little powder puff!

Red lips do suit everybody. Trust me, there has not been a client I have not been able to get to rock a red lip and feel confident about it. So go on… give it a try, be bold, be brave and release your inner siren!

Lisa Harrison
Written by Lisa Harrison
Lisa is the Deputy Editor of Vintage Life Magazine and Publisher at Dragoon Publishing. She is avid bookworm, collector of vintage homeware, loves travel, lazy weekends away and eats way too much cake!