Learn how to pick your best red lipstick and how to glam up your eyes!
Daphne Rush found her true calling and passion, as many people do, while in college. But for Daphne, finding that path didn’t take place in the classroom. Daphne first began playing with makeup while helping her friends get ready for their sorority functions. From that simple starting point, Daphne worked tirelessly to earn her place as one of Birmingham’s top makeup artists. Among her many accolades, Daphne has had her tips and tricks published in Good Housekeeping, she was featured on CBS 42 in a recurring beauty segment in 2011, she was voted Makeup Artist of the Year at Birmingham Fashion Week, she published editorials in B-Metro in 2013 and 2014, and she was chosen as the Key Makeup Artist for Birmingham Fashion Week in 2014 and 2015. Even greater than the list of Daphne’s accomplishments in her short career is her passion for the craft. “There is nothing more satisfying than mastering a skill or cultivating a new technique, then having someone really take hold and use what I have given them to enrich their lives,” Daphne says. While her tips and expertise are invaluable, she says the true key to mastering makeup is confidence — definitely a must-have component in order to rock the red lip.
The perfect red lip
Step 1: Choose your shade.
There are countless options to choose from. Daphne even admits to owning roughly 47 red lipsticks of her own. So how are you supposed to know which is the perfect shade for you? Daphne suggests these two tips for getting started: go darker than you think you should, and choose a red with an undertone similar to the undertone of your skin. “If you are more golden-olive in skin tone, you would rock out with MAC Viva Glam I, a deep brick red,” Daphne says. “Those with more rosy-toned skin might choose something more blue-based, such as MAC D for Danger, which is a velvety crimson red.”
Step 2: Master the application.
- Prep your lips. Make sure your lips are exfoliated, moisturized and primed. Daphne recommends MAC Lip Primer.
- Apply liner. “Rather than tracing your upper lip in an ‘M’ shape, make your strokes on each side mirror each other,” Daphne says. “This creates fullness, whereas the former can tend to deflate one side of the lip. I like to start in the outer corners and draw inward toward the cupid’s bow. I do the same on the bottom lip, but I like to mark the middle first to ensure each side of the liner meets correctly for a level, symmetrical lip.”
- Apply lipstick. Daphne suggests using a lip brush to apply color to your lips. “Using a brush instead of applying the lipstick directly to your lips will give you more control over where you’re placing the color,” she says. “And it will allow you to better blend it into the liner.”
- Seal the deal. To create a matte lip and increase the longevity of your look, take a piece of tissue and separate it, leaving you with only one ply. Place the tissue over your lips and press lightly to hold in place. Then, using a silica-based powder, dust a small amount of powder atop the tissue where it meets your lips. This will set the lipstick, creating a matte lip that will last all day!
A splash of color
Daphne loves to add a pop of color into a makeup look, and what better time of year than spring to try something bright and playful? A great starting place is determining which of your fabulous features you’d like to highlight with a splash of color. “If it’s your awesome cheekbones, don’t be scared of a blush that is an opposite tone from your skin. If you are more golden, try a pink! If you have more of a rosy complexion, a peachy color will stand out more,” Daphne says. “I find that for a lot of women though, it’s the eyes. You don’t have to spend a lot of time here; there are three great places to add a simple pop of color that won’t be over the top.”
Step 1: Incorporate a subtle touch of unexpected color as an eyeliner. You don’t have to go too bold here to make a major difference in your look.
Step 2: Apply a pop of bright eye shadow right under your crease. “I like to call it the ‘peek-a-boo,’ because you only see flashes of it when you blink but it makes your eyes sparkle,” Daphne says.
Step 3: Place a bit of bright shadow in the inner corner of your eyes for a big impact. This look is strong and unique, yet because this color is limited to only a small area, it avoids looking too over the top.
How to choose the best color?
When choosing which shade to use for your dramatic, colorful look, Daphne suggests utilizing the color wheel. Simply find your eye color on the color wheel, and then look directly across to find the contrasting shade that will best suit your eye color. For example, because they are complementary colors on the color wheel, green eyes are enhanced by rich purple shades.