My love affair with red lips started a long time ago. Now, I can’t imagine a life where statement lips aren’t part of my every day. There isn’t one red I’m loyal to but I like to stick to matte textures. My favourite thing to do is to mix different shades of red to get a shade that feels like a perfect fit for me (which changes daily). That way, I never end up with the same red. A new trick I recently picked up from a photo shoot is to finish off with a lip liner. Yes, a liner, which might feel super old school and retro but as I learned, key to creating a matte look that stays on forever. And I mean, even after I’ve had my two cups of morning coffee and drank four glasses of water after being dehydrated by drinking the two cups of coffee. This is the latest trick I’m into: use a hydrating product to moisturize my lips (you can’t go wrong with Elizabeth Arden The Original Eight Hour Cream). Doing this will help prevent chappy lips because matte lipsticks can sometimes dry out your lips. Then, apply your favourite red, I’m currently into mixing Nars Jungle Red and Heat Wave to create my perfect shade. Then I like to “seal” it with a lip liner like Annabelle Stay Sharp Self Sharpening Waterproof Lipliner in Glam Red. Not only does this trick fill in any holes, my lips look polished and the red colour stays on so I don’t need to touch up.