Your red lipstick FAQs, answered!

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A bold red lip is a great way to brighten up a lacklustre outfit, mood or day. Instantly.

But getting it right can take a little insider know-how.

Here at bh, we’ve gone through more lip colours than we can count. We fancy ourselves as experts, which is why we’re comfortable answering those questions that every woman asks before she rocks a bold lip…


What shade of red do I choose?

If you’ve ever trawled the make-up section of a department store (ha!), you’ll know there are many, many different shades of red. But luckily, there’s a sure-fire way to narrow your choices down: stick to hues that match your skin tone.

Fair skin: True reds
Olive skin: Pink or orangey reds
Dark skin: Wine or purple reds


How do I prepare my lips?

Before you swipe on a bold lippy, make sure your lips are well hydrated. If your lips are a little on the dry side, the colour can catch in the creases and end up looking flaky. To counteract this, apply a thin layer of Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm to your lips before you apply lipstick. The beeswax, coconut oil and lanolin in the balm will form a protective coating and prevent your lips from dying out.


Will the colour feather?

Unfortunately, red lipstick is prone to feathering. That’s why ‘they’ invented lip liner! Choose a lip liner that is the same, or one shade darker, than your lip colour of choice, and use it to line your outer lips. It will also make your lips look fuller (Kylie Jenner, we’re onto you) and help the colour last longer.

How do I put red lipstick on?

When applying red lipstick, it’s best to use a lip brush. Applying it straight from the tube can end in smears (and tears) – and those are hard to fix, even for us pros.

We recommend the Manicare Retractable Lip Brush. It comes with a lid, so you can pop it in your handbag for on-the-go touch-ups.

What do I do with the rest of my face?

You want your red lip to be the main attraction. Team it with bright cheeks or dramatic eyes, and you may end up looking like Heath Ledger in Batman. Just saying.. To make the right kind of statement, keep rest of your makeup neutral. Think long lashes, minimal eye shadow and naturally bronzed cheeks. For a little natural make-up inspiration, check out this gallery.

Will it end up on my teeth?

No – if you follow this handy tip. Put your index finger in your mouth, purse your lips and slowly pull it out. This will remove any excess colour on the inside of your lips, and keep your lipstick off your teeth.


Red lipsticks we're loving...



Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Color in Fatal Red, Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick in Ruby Tuesday, L'Oreal Paris Infallible 2-Step Longwear Lipstick in Red Infallible, MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, Rimmel London Kate Moss Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick in 107

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Member Comments

Posted by: KatieBurnie (Australia)

Also exfoliate your lips before hand! this will save you a lot of heartache especially with some of the thicker matte lipsticks which can be a little unforgiving on dry skin. Use some sugar and oil (olive/coconut etc) or a soft toothbrush and work it in for thirty seconds.
I love these tips though I'm starting to become more daring with my red lips and loving it!

Posted on: January 31, 2015 (12 hours ago)

Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

I'd love to pull off a red lip but I don't feel I can, and my lips are always horribly cracked and peeling :(

Posted on: January 31, 2015 (12 hours ago)

How to de-stress your skin

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Have you ever nipped out to the bathroom during a stressful day at work only to discover new (and very unwelcome) fine lines have set up camp on your forehead? Cue minor freak-out, adding even more anxiety to your crazy workday. Yippee.

Stress, anxiety and fatigue not only affect how we feel on the inside, but they also show on our faces as well in the form of breakouts, fine lines and wrinkles, puffy eyes, redness, and dry, flaky skin.

So, how do you deal with a stressed-out complexion? Try these tricks…


When stress strikes, the body releases a chemical called cortisol, which can send your blood sugar levels skyrocketing. This can damage the collagen and elastin in the skin, leading to fine lines, wrinkles and dryness. The solution? Get your hands on a moisturiser such as Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer Stress-Minimizing Daily Hydrator or Nuxe Crème Nirvanesque to replenish your skin’s hydration levels and protect it from inflammation.


Had a few sleepless nights lately? Has worry kept you up at night? If so, chances are you’re sporting a nice set of puffy peepers. Calm and cool the eye area morning and night with a soothing eye cream like Eminence Organic Skin Care Cucumber Eye Gel or Indio Eye C Serum.


In times of stress, it’s important to decongest and purify your skin to avoid ending up with inflammation and blocked pores, as these can lead to breakouts. Once a week, take fifteen minutes out of your day to slather on a mud mask, flick through your favourite mag, and sip on a chamomile tea. We love Davinci De Stress Mud Mask and Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Anti-Stress Mud Masque for super clear, refreshed skin.

Does your skin get stressed out? How do you de-stress your skin?




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Member Comments

Posted by: freaky (Member since 2007, Australia)

I knew stress produced cortisol but didnt realise the impacts on collagen production and high blood sugar. Thank you for this info. More of a reason to stress less

Posted on: January 30, 2015 (1 day ago)

Posted by: Michele309 (Australia)

Refresh your eyes with an eye mask...catch up on some sleep if possible.....relax with some music and a cup of tea to your eyes using a lavender eye pillow. All these things can be done on a daily or weekly basis....

Posted on: January 30, 2015 (1 day ago)

#CurlPower is the new girl power

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Hands up if you straighten your curly hair every day?

Well, put down the hair tools, because it’s time to embrace your #CurlPower.

Dove has just released a heart-warming video campaign to inspire curly-haired beauties to feel confident enough to wear their hair in all its bouncy glory.

The Today Show then went on to encourage viewers to share photos of their curly locks on social media using the hashtag #CurlPower.


Check out some of the lovely wavy ‘dos below:

Instagram: @_cebelamour

Instagram: @jyanezp

Instagram: @tayehansberry

Even our Editor, Carli – who NEVER wears her hair curly – has gotten into the spirit.


This movement (yes, we’re calling it that) is a great example of how beauty comes in all different packages. Regardless of whether you have curly, wavy or straight hair, we should all embrace our natural beauty.

Say it with me: #CurlPower!


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Member Comments

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

I have dead straight hair and my sister has BEAUTIFUL curls - which I absolutely love, but they require a lot of maintenance. She's always envied my hair and I've always envied hers. We learned early on that we tend to want what we don't have.

Posted on: January 29, 2015 (Jan 29, 2015 2:06pm)

Posted by: bmill229 (Australia)

They are all beautiful.

Posted on: January 29, 2015 (Jan 29, 2015 2:55pm)

It’s back! It’s really, really back!!

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Praise be the beauty gods! One of our absolute fave beauty products from the 90s and early 2000s is back – and we couldn’t be happier.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Ocean Waves Sea Salt Spray, which was discontinued way too long ago, has found its way back onto shelves (and into our hearts).

So the story goes like this (in a nutshell): John Frieda Sea Salt Spray was wildly popular, then it was discontinued and women all over the world went crazy stocking up on whatever was left. Demand was so high, people were even selling partially used bottles on eBay for ridiculous amounts of money.

In what can only be described as sheer desperation, women begged, pleaded with and begged John Frieda even more to bring back the beloved sea salt spray that gave them gloriously disheveled, beachy locks.

And after countless letters, faxes and emails, John Frieda listened and decided 2015 was the year to bring back the Beach Blonde Ocean Waves Sea Salt Spray, pleasing the fans that loved-it-long-time and introducing it to a whole new generation of girls.

A word to the wise: buy up as much as you can. You don’t want to be the woman paying over $100 for a bottle of used Ocean Waves Sea Salt Spray in 30 years’ time.

Did you use the old John Frieda Sea Salt Spray? How do you feel about its return?


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Member Comments

Posted by: Joole (Australia)

I never used the old one but I got this the other day! It held up my non-heat waves fairly well for 8 hours and had a very light unoffensive coconut with a hint of salt smell. Best thing is, it doesn't make my thin hair feel hard or stiff at all! It was a little drying on the ends but nothing Moroccan oil won't fix. Mini review right there, hehe. :)

Posted on: January 30, 2015 (2 days ago)

Posted by: MissM19 (Australia)

Never used it before but I wonder why he discontinued it if it was so popular?

Posted on: January 30, 2015 (2 days ago)

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Done! What an awesome prize. Good luck everyone!

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