Through beauty, joy!
Through lipstick, satisfaction!
…sorry. It’s the name, ‘Lara’. You get saddled with a proud Russian name like that, it’s only to be expected that you’ll burst out into faux Russian rhetoric with only the slightest encouragement. I’ll stop now.
Ok, now I’ll stop.
MAC’s Russian Red lipstick is a red lipstick icon; a matte red cream revered by makeup artists and beauty junkies alike as an archetypal classic red matte lip. Neither noticeably cool nor warm, it flatters just about every skin tone.
Due to Russian Red’s more modern matte texture – free of chalky dryness, it has enough slip that it can be applied straight from the tube without getting all patchy and ‘grabby’ – it bypasses a lot of the usual downsides associated with more old school matte lippies. That being said, I still swear by applying it with a lip brush over a lined lip for the best results.
Lara’s Cocktail for a Perfect Red Pout
- 1 x clear lip liner
- 1 x MAC Cherry lipliner
- 1 x MAC Russian Red lipstick
- 1 x lip brush
- Outline and fill your lips with clear lipliner. A good clear lipliner acts as both a barrier to prevent feathering on the lipline and as a primer. I like Too Faced ‘Borderline’ due to its balm-like texture and lightweight feel.
- Outline and fill your lips with MAC Cherry lipliner. I spend a little time making sure that my cupids bow (the two high points on your upper lip) is perfect, then smooth out and correct the lipline itself. No one on earth has totally flawless even lips, me included! Filling the lip with a smooth application of lipliner both adds an extra base for your lipstick to grip onto, as well as giving more colour as everything naturally wears away.
- Use your lip brush to paint on a thin, smooth layer of Russian Red. Blot and then make kissy faces as you admire your saucy red pout!
Russian Red is AU$36 for 3g. MAC cosmetics are available from MAC stores, counters at select Myer and David Jones stores, and from maccosmetics.com.au. Happy lipsticking, comrades!