BEAUTY: Perfect Red Lips

Hi ladies,
Naomi here, I don’t know about you, but I LOVE red lipstick on others but I always struggle to get the right shade for myself, so in her latest post our guest beauty blogger & pro make-up artist Aimee O’Farrell from The Beauty Game talks finding the right shade for you, top tips on how to apply red lippy and her best buys…. Enjoy xxx
Red lips are always in fashion and a look we are guaranteed to see on the runway each season. With so many to choose from, bright red, dark red, blue under tones and with so many brands to choose from I can understand why some women steer clear but I am here to help you get your red lips sorted for the festive season 😉

The Rules

As a general rule of thumb, the lighter your eye colour and the lighter your hair you would then choose a true red shade. Medium hair shades can go for a more pink red tone and darker hair shades and eyes would go for bold, deeper red shades. But there is the exception to every rule and that is why I suggest, sitting down with the make up consultant and having some fun by trying out a few shades. If you don’t try you’ll never know, and practice does make perfect, so stick with it.

The Tips


  • Line your Lips. If you follow the diagram above it will help you apply liner and this will make sure your lipstick does not bleed out past your natural lip line and look un tidy. Choose a liner shade that is closest to the lipstick you are wearing.
  • Prime your lips. After you line your lips set them with some translucent powder. By doing this it will prolong the lasting power of your lipstick.
  • Minimal make up: When you wear red lips it’s best to keep your eye make up minimal and add an extra bit of blush to the apples of your cheeks to make sure your cheeks don’t look washed out.
  • Fix the edges: If you make a mistake you can use a cotton bud to correct any errors and smooth out any harsh lines.


Best Buys


DIOR “Rouge Dior Lipstick” €36 – Shop here
“Rouge Dior Lipstick” is a rich, moisturising lipstick that feels like satin on your lips.
I have had the pleasure of wearing this lipstick in a few shades but my favourite by far is shade “941 Rouge Cannage.”


MAC “Ruby Woo” €20 – Shop here
MAC Ruby Woo is the ultimate vivid, matte, red that really suits all skin tones and truly lasts the night!! It ticks all the boxes and at €20 is not too expensive.
A helpful hint for anyone looking to buy a MAC lipstick, the “Back to MAC” scheme means if you bring in any six empty MAC packaging you get a FREE lip colour of your choice!!
Rimmel “Kate Lasting Finish Lipsticks” shade 111 €6.99 – Shop here
The Kate Moss for Rimmel range of lipsticks has some brilliant shades of lipsticks at an extremely affordable price range! Shade “111” is the ultimate Christmas Party lip if you are on a budget. And with Boots on “3 for 2” on make up you can add a few more colours to your collection.
And as Gwenyth Paltrow says “Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick ass red lipstick.” 
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Aimee xx

About Aimee

Aimee is a freelance make up artist and brow expert. Aimee has serval years experience in the beauty industry and is currently the counter manager in Lancome, after spending several years as the counter manager in Benefit Cosmetics.
She is qualified in make up, HD brows, spray tan, shellac and gelish. To make an appointment with Aimee or to see some of her previous work check out her Facebook page “The Beauty Game” here. Aimee does my brows and I can’t recommend her enough 🙂
Getting married? Aimee also specialises in wedding make up and is available now for trials.

Naomi Clarke is the owner and creator of The Style Fairy. Naomi, a qualified fashion stylist and personal shopper has over 12 years experience in fashion, personal shopping, blogging, styling and PR both in Ireland and abroad. Having spent 2 years working in the fashion industry in Sydney and then in Singapore, Naomi relocated back to Dublin to set up her own business in 2013 and so began The Style Fairy.