Photography Winston Chuang Beauty Direction Simone Wu Hair Alicia Tey/Mosche Hair Salon, using Bed Head by Tigi Makeup Larry Yeo, using Shiseido, assisted by Gwen Tan Model Samantha X/Ave


Red is the lip colour of the moment. But if you’ve shied away from it because it’s too bold or dramatic for you, or takes a practised hand to apply it mistake-free, there’s good news – you can wear it so the lips are softly defined. This reduces colour intensity and makes red lipstick highly wearable and beautiful. 


Step 1 Begin with well-moisturised lips as lipstick will make any dryness or scaliness look more pronounced. 
Step 2 With a foundation brush or your ring finger, dab some foundation around your lips. This creates fuller-looking lips, and provides a base that will make the lip colour pop, says makeup artist Larry Yeo

Step 3 Apply lipstick only to the centre of your lips. 
Step 4 Using your finger, spread the lipstick over your lips, leaving the edges undefined. 


1 Laneige x Playnomore Intense Lip Gel in #2776 (limited edition), $36
2 M.A.C Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Ruby, $36
3 Nars Lipstick in #9306 VIP Red, $38
4 RMK Irresistible Bright Lips in #08 Deep Red, $45
5 Rouge Dior in #999, $48


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This article was first published in Simply Her October 2015.