Caitlin Chase, 23, copywriter/grad student
What do you love most about a red lip?
"It’s a striking statement that immediately makes any look more composed. It's also fast – which is key! I’m usually running out the door from the office to dinner or an event and don’t have the time to apply a ‘full face’ of makeup."
Why is a red lip such a great look for going out?
"It ups the ante of pretty much any outfit – a wonderful characteristic if I need to rapidly transition my look from day to night."
What are your favorite red lip colors?
"I tend to be very loyal to the reds that I love, so I only wear a handful of them. I’m a big fan of CoverGirl Outlast Lipstain in Wild Berry Wink, Nars Lipstick in Jungle Red, and Prestige Lip Liner in Tomango."
What are your secrets for making a red lip stay in place?
"The one downside to red lips is their tendency to bleed. In order to combat this problem, I usually create a base with either a lip stain or lip liner, and then apply lipstick or Burt’s Bees chapstick on top. I’ve had pretty good luck with both approaches."
Can you give us the step-by-step for your makeup look?
"I hate the feeling of a lot of makeup, so I try to keep it as minimalist as possible (hence my love affair with the red lip). This look consists of: La Mer moisturizer as a base, a little bit of Clinique All About Eyes concealer under my eyes, a few coats of Rimmel Max Volume Mascara, Nars The Multiple in South Beach, and last, but not least, Prestige Tomango Lip Liner with a topcoat of Burt’s Bees chapstick."
How would you describe your party-makeup style?
"Shockingly consistent! Generally, I stay true to the minimalist red lip approach – although occasionally I will opt for a dark eye for a change of pace."
Are you a fan of pairing a strong eye with a red lip?
"Generally, no. As a pale blonde, too much dark makeup tends to make me look ghostly and/or vastly overdone. I’ve found that less is more in my case."
How did you get into wearing a red lip?
"Impulse – for the win!"
Any secrets to keeping your lips soft in the winter?
"Lots, and lots, and lots of Burt’s Bees chapstick and vitamin E oil. It’s a bit of an addiction."
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