Beauty

How to Perfect Your Pout (Without the Use of a Kylie Jenner Lip Kit)

Queen of beauty Charlotte Tilbury lets us in on her secrets.

Iconic celebrity make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury knows a thing or two about lipstick. Just ask Emily Ratajkowski. Or Kim Kardashian. Or Miranda Kerr – all of whom owe their enviable pouts to Tilbury’s makeup savvy.

Now, the beauty maven is transforming her years of experience into Hot Lips, a line of 12 lipsticks inspired by – and named after – her favourite A-listers. Cue: Sexy Sienna (Miller), Liv (Tyler) It Up and Electric Poppy (Delevingne). Below, Charlotte’s low-down on how us mere mortals can recreate red carpet-ready lips at home.

HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR ‘SIGNATURE’ LIP SHADE?

To find your perfect shade decide first on your overall look and outfit. Next match your lipstick with your mood – are you feeling bold, seductive or powerful? Finally, match the shade to your complexion and eye colour.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO APPLY LIPSTICK?

Step 1: Prep

  • The key to youthful, soft and supple lips is all in the prep. Begin by applying Lip Magic to the entire lips; it’s the perfect base for any lipstick. To accentuate the fullness and shape of the lips, highlight the Cupid’s bow. Apply a small amount of the ‘Highlight’ shade from my *Filmstar Bronze and Glow palette ($97) using the Eye Smudger Brush ($48).

Step 2: Lip liner

  • A seamless, undetectable lip line can reshape and resize your lips. It also acts a stencil for your lipstick. Outline your lips using the *Lip Cheat ($35), starting with the corner of the top lip. Simply trace the outer edge of your natural lip line.

Step 3: Lipstick

  • Now fill in your stencil. Apply your chosen shade straight from the bullet, or for more precision around the corners of the lips use a lip brush.

IS THERE ONE COLOUR THAT IS UNIVERSALLY FLATTERING ON EVERYONE?

There are so many shades that I love and there are so many that are flattering depending on your skin tone, seasonal complexion and eye colour. However, if I have to choose, I would say my Penelope Pink K.I.S.S.I.N.G lipstick ($48) – which is the perfect nude pink – it’s flattering on everyone.

WHICH SHADE IS YOUR PERSONAL FAVOURITE IN THE NEW LINE?

I love them all, of course, but probably one of the more versatile shades is Super Cindy ($48). A timeless beauty icon, Cindy Crawford is the queen of sophistication and this taupey nude shade – which embodies Cindy’s fresh faced American beauty – makes lips look instantly fuller and irresistible.

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