Pull off the latest make-up trend – natural face with red lipstick

I absolutely love this French-inspired make-up look and thrilled it’s back in fashion this season! The bare-faced, bright red lip ensemble is so versatile and looks stunning with all skin and hair colours – from the fair skinned English rose to the Latino lady, this make-up combo is sure to suit absolutely everyone. A bold statement this may be, but this is a one-of-a-kind multifaceted look that you must try!

How to wear your make-up for this look

Apart from your bright red luscious lips, the key trick is to minimise any imperfections on your skin. After a quick prime, use a good quality foundation such as Mac Pro Longwear or Estee Lauder Double Wear.

Concealer is important to cover up any pimples or red areas, and dark circles around the eyes. My favourites are Mac Pro Longwear Concealer and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage.

Seal it all in with a setting powder and you’re halfway there.

If you have any raging red spots that you simply can’t cover, save this trend for another day as the red in the lipstick will do nothing but highlight them.

Blusher – he is where this trend gets versatile. If you have pale skin, use a bright, peachy blush on the apples of your cheeks for a fresh, fun, young look. However if you have tanned skin you might want to opt for a bronze veil of colour to further perfect your base, using light contouring to give a flawless finish.

As for eyes, go for a natural shade on your lids with a slightly deeper muddy colour round the sockets. This will open up your eyes without looking like you’re wearing a lot of colour. I love the Naked 2 Basics Palette from Urban Decay.

Put down the liquid eyeliner and ditch those flicks if you want to make your lips really pop. To make this look work you’ll need to apply a deep brown eyeshadow with an eyeliner brush, and keep your eyes looking as natural as possible. I’d recommend this angled Mac eyeliner brush along with Nars Bali. Sweep a thin line along the length of the top lids and light line half way from your outer corner to your inner on the bottom lids. Finish with a small, light flick on the outer corners, before smudging them outwards with your finger.

Apply a decent amount of brown mascara or a light coat of black, and your eyes are complete! They should be looking like they’re almost bear but naturally gorgeous!

Try not to fill in your brows too much unless you did some major over-plucking in the nineties.

I love Benefit Speed Brow for a opaque veil of colour that’s not too in-your-face.

Which red lipstick to wear for your skin tone

Now for the lips! It is not easy to find the perfect shade of crimson to suit your exact complexion, but hopefully this little guide should help.


Fair skin with neutral or warm undertones

A bright coral shade of red will complement you, and give a young, bright spin to this look.

Fair skin with cool undertones

Go for a raspberry red shade to warm your skin and complement your shade. It’ll finish your makeup off nicely, leaving you with fun and fresh-faced retro style.

Medium skin with neutral or warm undertones

Choose a strong red with a hint of pink for vintage chic. You can also go for a true bold red for a bit of Hollywood glamour.

Medium skin with cool undertones

A bright orange-red will give you a beautifully sun-kissed look.

Tanned skin

A deep brown or plum red will complement your caramel complexion and add class to your makeup. You can also go for an orange-red to ensure you’re right on trend.

Dark skin

A wine-red colour with blue tones will really make your lips pop.

There you have it! How did you get on? Send us a picture of you wearing your natural face and red lipstick, and we’ll feature you in our style icon section, on our Facebook page!

Evie Garnett

Evie is the Head of Beauty for Suit Your Look, specialising in hair and skin products. She loves nothing better than natural haircare and learning all about the science behind beauty ingredients!

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