The art of layering is extensively used in fashion and beauty. Similar to how you layer clothes to build yourself the perfect winter outfit, makeup can also be layered to bring new dimensions to a look. And while layering is often restricted to the base to build-up coverage, did you know that you can also layer lipsticks to create new shades that you would otherwise have to buy. Fascinating, isn’t it?

When it comes to our topic at hand — the red lip, layering can help create the boldest, deepest and richest red lip you have put on in a while. We’ve put together a step-by-step guide that’ll help you create the glam red lips of your dreams. Check it out…

The right way to layer your lipsticks for a bold red pout1

Step 01: Prep and prime

Similar to your face, prepping and priming your lip before applying lipstick will help the product glide on smoothly, make it stay on longer and look creaseless and smooth. Start by exfoliating your lips with a simple sugar scrub to get rid of chapped flakes. Follow up with the Lakme Lip Love Chapstick SPF 15 - Purelipcare. It provides up to 22-hour moisturisation and keeps your lips nourished under layers of lipsticks.

Step 02: Apply a matte layer

Next, start by applying a matte shade. A matte formula adheres to your lip better and won’t smudge when you top it off with another layer. Start with a deep red shade like the Lakmé Absolute Matte Melt Liquid Lip Color - Red Smoke for an intense colour fill and velvety matte texture.

Step 03: Follow up with a bright, creamy shade

Follow up the deep matte red with a brighter and creamier matte red to make your lip colour pop. Our pick for this is the Lakmé Absolute Matte Ultimate Lip Color with Argan Oil -Rouge Splash. The nourishing formula does not dry out, is lightweight and keeps your lips hydrated. Swipe once all over your lips and then dab a little in the centre with a lip brush for added plumpness.

Pro tip: If you are trying to be totally *extra*, add the last layer of clear gloss on top of the lipstick for intense shine. In fact, you can also top your lipstick with a coral-hued lip gloss to take a notch higher.