Supple, Luscious & Bold! Makeup Artist Editi Udofot of Edee Beau shares 4 Ways to Reinvent the Red Lip

A few days ago a couple of friends and I decided to go shopping.  Realizing I hadn’t rocked the red lip in a while I decided to get some MAC ‘Rubywoo’ lipstick. I got to the store and the lipstick was sold out!

Apparently every Shade, Ifeoma and Halima now rocks the crimson pout leaving me without one of my own. I mean I couldn’t even get the ‘normal’ version at the convenience store close to my house. Red lips are every where!  

From the blogs to ladies on the streets of Lagos almost every lipstick wearing female had the same bland version of red lip on. Has the red lip lost its ‘IT’ factor?

For the answer I decided to get some professional advice from beauty specialist, Editi Udofot. Editi is the owner of the make up store Edee Beau in London with star studded clientele  like Omotola Jalade- EkeindeFunke ‘Jenifa’ AkindeleToolzOEku EdeworYvonne Okoro among others.

Editi shares 4 ways that the red lip could be re-invented giving back its ‘oomph’

The basic tools you would be needing to pull these looks together are: MAC Lipstick in ‘Rubywoo’ Ply Tissue – MAC lip pencil in ‘Currant’ – Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm – Urban Decay Stardust Lip gloss in ‘Andromeda’  MAC Lip Liner in ‘Cherry’ – Tom Ford lipstick in ‘Cherry Lush’  MAC studio finish concealer  MAC lipstick in ‘Russian red’ – MAC lipstick in ‘Lady Bug’  Carmex Lip balm

Eku Edewor

Yvonne Okoro

The Basics

Skin Care:  Every good make-up artist understands the importance of prepping the skin properly to help conceal imperfections and ensure your makeup lasts throughout the day. Using Clinique’s 3- step skin care products, start by cleansing the face using circular movements with the Liquid Facial Soap. Then using a flat cotton wool, apply the Clarifying lotion that suits your skin needs to tone the skin and finally massage in the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion perfect for all skin types.

Preparation: Making sure your fingers are clean, use the tips to apply a dime-size amount of Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer and let it set for 15 seconds. Now your face and eyes should be prepped and primped ready for makeup.

a) Face: You could use a Bobbi Brown foundation stick buffed into the skin followed by MAC Studio Finish Concealer to cover any imperfections and blended perfectly. Ben Nye Banana Powder (my secret weapon) was used under the eye to achieve that velvety flawless highlight. MAC Translucent Powder was then used all over the face to set the foundation.

Finally a MAC Blusher in ‘Breezy’ was then applied to the cheeks and for that extra dimension and structure to the face, Sleek Contour Palette in Dark was used around the perimeters of the face, the hollows of the cheeks and the corners of the nose.

b) Eyes: As the main focus of this makeup is on the lips, it was decided to go for a subtle contoured eye look. Prime using Urban Decay Eye shadow Primer all over the entire lid and blend properly.

Blend a flesh-toned eye shadow on the lid and up to the crease of the eye with a browner shadow blended in the crease itself to create that contoured effect. Line around the lash and waterline with MAC Fluidline in ‘Blacktrack’, coat lashes with Diorshow Extase mascara and for that extra oomph, apply some false Edee Beau lashes. Sculpt the brows with MAC Eyebrow Pencil in ‘Spiked’, set with MAC Eye shadow in ‘Embark’ and highlight with a MAC studio Finish Concealer.

Now that your face has been prepared, it’s time for the lipstick. The red lip has different ways of being applied but these are the ways that I love and are the most popular.

1. Two-toned lips: a two-toned lip might seem a bit ‘theatrical’ but it takes the art of lipstick wearing to a whole new level. It is basically applying two close colors of lipstick  to give the lip two varied shades.

EB Two Toned Lip

EB Two Toned Lip

Get the Look: a) First we applied the MAC Lipstick in ‘Rubywoo’ all over the lips *Edee’s Tip: Blot lips with 1 ply tissue and re-fill or re apply to the lips. This converts the lipstick into a stain ensuring the color lasts all day. b) Next we lined the lip with a darker color MAC lip pencil in ‘Currant’ and mixed the lips together to blend. The more you blend, the deeper the gradient goes. c) Finally we applied Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm over the lips for a moist supple look.

2. Glittery Red Lip: Some things just look better with glitter.

EB Red Glitter Lips

EB Red Glitter Lips

Get The Look: a) For this hot glittery lip we first applied the MAC Lipstick in ‘Rubywoo’ all over the lips *Edee’s tip: Blot lips with 1 ply tissue and re-fill or re apply to the lips. This converts the lipstick into a stain ensuring the color lasts all day. b) Secondly we lined the lip with a darker color of MAC lip pencil in ‘Currant’ and mixed the lips together to blend it in. c) Finally we applied a generous amount of Urban Decay Stardust Lip gloss in ‘Andromeda’ in the center of the lips.

3. Pale Red Lips: This is also called the “Kissed off” lip in some circles. For this look, it was important we lined the lips with a similar lipstick color.

EB Pale Red Lips

EB Pale Red Lips

Get the Look: a) For this look a MAC Lip Liner in ‘Cherry’ was first used to line and fill the lips. *Edee’s Tip: After using the liner, blot lips with 1 ply tissue and re-fill or re apply to the lips. This converts the liner into a stain ensuring the color lasts all day. b) Finally apply Tom Ford lipstick in ‘Cherry Lush’ with Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm over the lips for a moisturized supple look.

4. Ombre Red Lip: I have to say this is a personal favorite and can also be referred to as a two toned lip.

EB Ombre Red Lip

EB Ombre Red Lip

Get the Look: a) To achieve this look we applied MAC studio finish concealer on the bottom lip and used a darker lip liner. We used a MAC lip pencil in ‘Currant’ to outline the outside of the top lip and slightly brought the color down. b) Using a lighter shade of lipstick MAC lipstick in ‘Russian red’, we applied it in the middle of the top lip only. c) Finally we applied a lighter shade of lipstick of MAC lipstick in ‘Lady Bug’ at the middle of the bottom lip and applied Carmex Lip balm all over the lips for a moisturized and supple finish.

There you go, four ways you can let go of the usual red lip and go for something much fresher. Enjoy!

Credit Hair, Makeup & Photography: Edee Beau Assistant: Leah, Yewande & Diana Model: Habiba Other Photos:

64 Comments on Supple, Luscious & Bold! Makeup Artist Editi Udofot of Edee Beau shares 4 Ways to Reinvent the Red Lip
  • jay April 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    dont like any of the looks, less is more joor…would achieve a better look with my Island beauty red lipstick.

    • Feyi April 5, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      i do like the look but the brows are too harsh…too animated.

  • 5 KEYS TO DEVELOPING YOUR INNER BEAUTY April 4, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Not a lipstivk kinda girl but these look soooo good especially the pale red.

  • Bey April 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Dose Makeup are Heavy joor

    • Drama April 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      My thoughts exactly! I was just going to comment saying “i wonder how these models look without this heavy make up”……………………seriously, less is more. No man wants to move around with a masquerade. We want beauty tips, not tips on how to empty my entire tube of lipstick during one application! ha

      • pynk April 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm

        lol! clownzrus!

      • Purpleicious Babe April 6, 2013 at 6:03 pm

        lool @ masquerades… I thought it was alryt, it wasnt as heavy as I thought.

        J’adore lipsticks… I love them in different shades of red, purple and every other random colour… so yh..

  • Ginika April 4, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    The photo works and the make up is just on point… Love the tips!

    • Ginika April 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      This is like Art, the tips are like Fine Arts lessons in High school…

  • linsey April 4, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    really heavy makeup love the pale red sha

  • kemisola April 4, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Too much makeup, photoshop etc!! NO! Edee go back to the board pls!I DONT LIKE!!!

    • jane April 4, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      i agree o..the eyebrows looks so harsh.too much concealer. Its not meant to look like upside down nike tick..

      • Blondie April 5, 2013 at 2:49 pm

        Hahahahahahahahahahahaahaha *tears*!

        Your Nike tick comment is absolutely hilarious. Genius!

  • pynk April 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    too heavy abeg.

  • Bey April 4, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Lol@Island beauty makeup hahahahaha

  • kemisola April 4, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    kai! if i see this model for night i go pick race o! lol
    Goodness gracious me! This makeup is just too heavy! wow!! Less is more pls!

  • The Fairy GodSister April 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Agree with the Island Beauty comment chic.

    Eku and Yvonne look really nice. The model is too made up, and extremely photoshopped! Looks like a very very pretty doll. Doll.

  • fz April 4, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    the model is yvonne okoro herself am sure no 1 noticed yet …lol

    • Ed April 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      The model is habiba as stated in the credits

  • Anne April 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    She looks like a ghost. I know I’ll take to my heels if I should meet her on a quiet street. So wht is it with Nigerian women and daily bridal make-up , Brazilian hair and bleaching? In London, u can spot a Nigerian woman miles away and Congolese too. Outrageous!

    • Observer April 7, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      LOL @ daily bridal make-up! You’re so right! Girls do their make up today like they are going for a red carpet event, with Nike “just do it” eyebrows, different shades of foundation on their faces just to contour. What happened to just covering spots and highlighting good features? This edee beau’s red lips are too dramatic biko, we need tips for day-to-day not for va-va-voom. Normal people read your blog bella naija, not just socialites and event attendees

  • errrm April 4, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    kilodem. foroshop is toooooo much! kai and the brows sef…odikwa very risky!

  • Uby April 4, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I love the ‘ombre red lip’ and the ‘pale red’

  • konnie April 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Lovely lips and tips on how to achieve the look. I’ll try them.
    the rest of the makeup …mm mm

  • jcsgrl April 4, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    Too many instructions and products. I will just go straight to MAC make them show me the way…I’m into pink candy lips now

  • Tiny April 4, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Looooool, did you say the model is Yvonne Okoro? Why does she look like Michaella jackson? Really? Edeebeau is really trying herself

  • pynk April 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    looking like this is the quickest way to end your relationship!

  • Bims April 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Those eyebrows. Goodness me. The first picture actually made me jump, when I scrolled down to it. Kilode. Unnatural clownish looking eyebrows. All I could see were eyebrows. 2 brown angry lines. A lot of 9ja make up artists do this aaaaaaaaaaa LOT. I got a discounted voucher for a studio in London recently, and I jumped at it. As we never marry na, make we sef practice and get the feel of professional make up, and photographs. Meeeeeehn, that girl was good. My bridal makeup artist must recreate that look oooooo. She just accentuated my natural eyebrows small, not the ruler straight, thick and bold eyebrows most 9ja make up artists do. I had to commend her, and she said she does make up for magazine photo shoots. Odikwa no wonder. I looked like a glamorous version of MYSELF. Which is what you see in a lot of models in magazines. Not OTT as wey we dey do. Makeup should be soft and accentuate, not take over your whole face unless na Gaga effect you dey go for

  • Funke April 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Guys, cut her some slack. At least she made an effort. Don’t squeeze her hustle…

  • lola April 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    too much na! there s no way in hell would go out looking like this . makeup is meant to enhance not distract kilode otipoju jare, i think we should all relax when we apply makeup seriously

  • lola April 4, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    eku nd yvonne look nice

  • adenike April 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    @Pynk, you’re sooo right!!!! My fiance in his usual fashion will go “but Adenike, I never said I was goin’ leave you,take off your mask”.

  • Fifi April 4, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Dont like the eyebrows but the makeup is okay,its for a foto shoot so every tin has to b OTT,give d eb chic a break haba

  • Ibi April 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    like the idea. Shows her range but the makeup is too heavy for an everyday look. The powder literally stand out in some pictures

  • Sbaby April 4, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    This is not makeup again oh these ones are second wearable faces wahhhhhhhhhhhh talk about over use and misuse of makep I tire for all these fakery

  • Neo April 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    very nize and nachural

    • Mo’blezzin April 5, 2013 at 4:05 am

      okay am guessing “nize and nachural” are the antonyms for “Nice and Natural” abi?

  • R April 5, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Love the last one, so cool

  • ibukungeorge April 5, 2013 at 7:33 am


  • Anon April 5, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Horribly drawn eyebrows. I’m probably the only one who’s not a fan of red lipstick.

  • InCotonou April 5, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I prefer the “natural glow” look. If you can SEE the make up, then it’s probably not doing it’s job! A

  • ego April 5, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Horrible make up!

  • sheddyXL April 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Way to go EdeeBeau….am liking what I see*winks*

  • Ajoke April 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Nice looks but imo, the model should have been darker, most women in Nigeria are not that colour.

  • Amaka April 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Artistic! I’m trying it out already:)

  • why not? April 5, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Yellow pawpaw!

  • Ross April 5, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    This is high fashion make up for shows not every day thing

    • Uche April 8, 2013 at 2:16 am

      I agree it’s very high fashion, really like the looks not sure I’m brave enough to try them though

  • meeee April 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

    its too fake, too much makeup n all buh i like d red lips

  • April 6, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I love this, very creative!!!!! Love EdeeBeau’s work

  • lollipop April 7, 2013 at 3:10 am

    love all the looks

  • Chinwuko Muel April 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    love Bella Naija blogs….cheers

  • Sarah April 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Woah LOVE it

  • Inosend April 7, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Don’t for the life of me know y anyone would pile on loads of make up like this daily on their face….haven’t used lipstick in more than 10 yrs and ain’t missing lipgloss does just fine…less is more and I still look fab at 42 without all this drama…

  • Blessing Ndon April 7, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Wow! First of, as an aspiring Makeup Artist myself i have admit i admire your work and think your tips are very helpful. your a phenomenal makeup Artist and i think its great your able to share your talent with the world! Love this!
    *P.s* The Last Ombre look is my Fav! love it!

  • Sheila April 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Well done Edee, looking forward to my appointment on Saturday x

  • Abi April 7, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Nice but the eyebrow are a bit too much

  • Uche April 8, 2013 at 2:17 am

    I’m a huge fan of Edee Beau’s work

  • yoi April 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    its fake

  • HABBA April 9, 2013 at 12:36 am

    soo fake even the models skin looks fake! over processed skin. no1da 9ja men are running to oyinbo women.

  • Droom April 9, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Nice tip on the red color

  • Thomas iyinoluwa April 9, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Nice work,it’s creative and high fashionable,but the model should be correct in better africa america style,i have america female friends dt we attended fashion show together,fashion is all about creativities on d color,d dresses and make up,most of their make up did not fit their color and is too much,but with all u are doin great joy,work hard to take it to highest level,baby you are great.

  • Susan Ibie April 23, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Nice job Edee beau…Edee is very professional and has done lots of jobs for people I know. Well done Girl!

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