The statement lip has been a hot ticket in the beauty world for a good minute. Now, with the rise of teenage business moguls, they're only going to be louder, bolder, and more statement-making. While the vampy, dark lip packs a hefty amount of edge, we're huge believers in the classic red lip. Master it, and the world is yours for the taking. It's not as simple as buying a fierce rouge, though. To really make your lips pop, you've got to prep everything around them. Don't worry. It's not as scary as it sounds. In fact, when it's all said and done, it takes just about five steps. Don't believe us? Look no further than Clinique and Alli Simpson. Together, we're here to break it down for you. Pucker up! It's time for some proper lip service.
Photographed by Janell Shirtcliff; Makeup by Natalie Malchev; Hair by Bobby Eliot; Styled by Dani Michelle.
Prep your face by applying eye cream all over the eyelid, beneath the eye, and around the orbital eye area.
Clinique, Pep-Start Eye Cream, $26.50, available exclusively at Sephora.
Before making your way down to your lips, Malchev suggests applying a creamy eye shadow to the lid. Swipe with warm water to remove any extra mascara.
Clinique, Lid Pop in Cream Pop and Willow Pop, $17, available at Clinique.
To make your lips pop, use a slightly darker shade of foundation all over your face while applying a lighter shade under the eye as a concealer.
Clinique, Chubby in the Nude™ Foundation Stick in Grandest Golden Neutral, $24, available at Clinique; Chubby in the Nude™ Foundation Stick in Abundant Alabaster, $24, available at Clinique; Lid Pop in Cream Pop and Willow Pop, $17, available at Clinique.
For Simpson's bold, red look, Malchev prepped her lips with a sugar scrub. Once she used a tissue to remove the sugar, she applied the accompanying red gloss to add shine. The real magic comes next.
Clinique, Clinique Sweet Pots™ Sugar Scrub & Lip Balm in Red Velvet, $19.50, available at Clinique.
Malchev's pro tip: Apply a bright red color + primer all over to really make the gloss pop. To add extra highlight, add the cream eyeshadow from step 1 to the cheekbones for more highlight.