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My Imperfect Life
Naomi Jamieson

This super 'lived-in' bare skin and red lip pairing is our new makeup obsession

Natural makeup with red lipstick - a woman is pictured applying red lipstick to her lips/ in a pink template

Love a natural makeup look but want to spice up your everyday routine a little? Well, this 'bare skin with a red lipstick' vibe is sweeping TikTok and it's the ultimate way to rock a statement lippie the au-natural way.

If you're already feeling apprehensive, we get it—'natural' and 'red lipstick' are often two terms that don't co-exist—but it seems the classic, beauty signature is making something of a comeback and when combined with pared-down, 'lived-in' skin...we can't explain it, it's just pure beauty magic.

So, prepare to enter your 'French Girl' makeup era, as we break down the latest minimalist makeup trend, with a twist...

What is the 'bare skin and red lip' look?

So, what does this 'bare skin and red lip' vibe entail? Well, it's pretty much exactly as it sounds. It sees beauty lovers pair their best non-comedogenic foundations, with a red lip and a hint of blush, for a signature but minimal look. We've also spied beauty lovers forgoing mascara, for a really bare look, but this is optional.

Much like with the 'Red Wine' makeup look, the more subtle base and eye makeup, make the red, statement lip way more wearable—especially for those who might not have tried such a bold look before.


Clean skin and a bold lip

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As we can see, it's very chic and sophisticated—and most importantly, low-maintenance. Plus it's super easy, as it's really just the bold lipstick, while the rest of the look is soft and low-key. 

There's also an unfinished feel that we just love about this look, plus it's totally adjustable to your makeup preferences. If you prefer minimal coverage, you could opt for a skin tint or Glossier Futuredew-like product or even a tinted SPF (like Supergoop! Glow Screen). On the flipside, if you need more coverage—perhaps for a work day—you can of course choose a foundation and concealer combo but keep your eyes and brows more subtle.

Personally, we can see this look being big for fall, especially since we already know that red dresses are set to be a trend this autumnal season. Just picture this blotted-out red lip look with a cream knit jumper and trench coat, jeans and your trusty Birkenstock Bostons...perfection.

How to do a natural makeup with a red lip look

As mentioned, recreating the look is quite straightforward. All you need to do is apply your favorite base products (whether that's a foundation or skin tint). Now, you can then either apply a little bit of mascara or just curl your lashes.

Keep the rest of your makeup very minimal, we'd suggest brow gel and a tiny bit of blush and a very dewy highlighter, which could be mistaken for your own skin's oils but you know, tactically placed.

Then tackle the red lip. What's great about this look is that the lip isn't supposed to look perfect, so you can either blot it out with your finger, for a blurred vibe or just apply your lipstick straight to your lips, forgoing lip liner. Then make sure you carry your chosen shade with you throughout the day and maybe a compact too, for when it comes time to reapply or to clean up any unwanted smudging and bleed-out around your mouth, as red can be a tad unforgiving in that department. 

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