Tracking the beginning of a beauty trend may forever remain something of a mystery; it's right up there with how they get the caramel in those yummy chocolate squares or which bag you left your must-have lippie in. When it comes to what's trending in makeup this spring, the beauty world agrees: red is back and reigning supreme. (Perhaps it's all the binge-watching of The Crown and listening to Taylor that we've been doing, but we digress.)

Plot twist: On the spring runways, makeup artists took it to the max with vinyl-like lustre at Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini. IRL though, a hot red pout is super easy to pull off, especially if you try a soft wash of colour. Maybe you're a cherry-red type of girl, or perhaps your skin tone glows with the warmth of a good coral. But, the hottest update winning over lips is a touch of gloss that intensifies the effect.

Step 1: It's important to condition your lips well to avoid any feathering. Begin with a transparent treatment or even a hydrating moisturizer all over your lips and allow it to air dry.
Try: Clarins Instant Light Lip Base

Step 2: Use a clear lip liner to create a waterproof edge without any hard lines. Just like a pigmented pencil, start at the cupid's bow and trace the entire outline of your pout to lock in the shape.
Try: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Ozone

Step 3: To update the look for spring choose a sheer red lip colour in a long-wear formula for added staying power. If you'd like to deepen the pigment, wait for product to dry and add on as many layers as you like until you reach your desired look.
Try: Stila Stay All Day Sheer Liquid Lipstick in Sheer Beso

Step 4: Want more of that light-catching shine? Add a dollop of clear lip gloss and apply it all over the entire lip. Reapply whenever you want to refresh throughout the day.
Try: Lise Watier Haute Lumière High Shine Lip Gloss in Crystal