Rising star Emily Alyn Lind knows a thing or two about beauty. While she might be a relatively fresh face in Hollywood – she’s currently gracing our screens as Audrey Hope in the new Gossip Girl reboot – Lind is actually a seasoned performer that has spent much of her life in the hair and makeup chair, since she began acting at just five years old.
So it stands to reason that the now 19-year-old has picked up a few good beauty tricks from all that time spent on set, which she demonstrated in a recent video. Amongst Lind’s best tips? The secret to a perfectly pouty, effortlessly chic red lipstick. As the “last step” in her makeup routine, the star walked through every step of her intricate application process, which she swears by for a bold red lip look.
“So the reason that I’m very light [on my eye makeup] is because I always love doing a bold red,” Lind explained, before exfoliating her lips with a wash cloth to prep her pout for colour. “You want to get any dead skin off of the lips, especially before a red, because when it creases, it dries and it looks really bad. So just exfoliate so they’re very nice. And also the good thing about exfoliating is really it makes your lips look bigger too,” she added.
Then, using Gucci Beauty’s Rouge à Lèvres Satin Lipstick in Goldie Red ($58), Lind applies her lipstick straight from the bullet, perfecting the tricky corners with the very tip of the lipstick. Lind then takes a tiny amount of toilet paper, slightly dampened, and runs it around the outline of her mouth as a “perfecting brush” to clean up any mess.
To get a perfectly defined cupid’s bow, Lind then carefully wipes off the mid-section of her top lip with the same dampened tissue. “Make sure you do it very precisely and make sure it goes into the lip,” she advises, before reapplying the colour in the centre with her finger because “it’s gonna look more natural”.
A light dusting of powder sets the lip before Lind adds a final layer of colour, delicately patting the fiery red hue over her pout with her fingertips “to brighten it up [and] make it last all night.”
The end result? The perfect pillowy red lip stain that doesn’t fade or smudge.