How to Choose Your Perfect Shade of Crimson

FullSizeRenderSurfing the world wide web today I landed on Elle Uk, I’m not as crazy about their format, liked their older version better.  Why? Because it looked more like a magazine layout.

However they have a cute emoji guide that someone created to help us determine which shades of crimson we should be buying, like suggestions according to our skin tones.

I played the game for a  bit, but honestly I had a hard time figuring out which emoji was mine.

Are you guys going to play?

City Girl in Red Lipstick, New York, Blair Breitenstein, Illustrator

Courtesy of Blair Breitenstein
Courtesy of Blair Breitenstein

You guys by now know I’m an instagram junkie and love discovering amazing people with amazing talents, especially when red lipstick is involved.

Courtesy of Blair Breitenstein
Courtesy of Blair Breitenstein

Many of you may have seen Blair Breitenstein’s  work gracing various ad campaigns i.e Coach, Prada, Calvin Klein. I love the fact that in various pieces of Blair’s artwork, crimson pouts are a focal point. That and the fact that she looks stunning in red.

In this photo she’s sporting one of my favorite Velvet Matte Lip Pencils by Nars in Cruella, looks like I’m going to have to go out and re-buy it.

Courtesy of  Blair Breitenstein
Courtesy of Blair Breitenstein

“I wear red lipstick when I want to spice up my appearance, it makes me feel at least 10x fancier with barely any effort” – Blair Breitenstein, Illustrator

Also, in case you guys were wondering, you can purchase Blair’s work through her etsy shop.

nars-cruella She’s one Citygirl in Red Lipstick!

For more about Blair

Model Off Duty

Via Harpers Bazaar Instragram
Via Harpers Bazaar Instragram

When models are off duty and they can wear any shade of lipstick, guess which hue they choose? Yes, Red is their color of choice and why? Because it just adds that something extra  to our favorite wardrobe essentials.

Don’t they all look gorgeous?

Oh and Harpers Bazaar is one of my favorite fashion magazines, I subscribe to the American version and get the English versions digitally.

Here’s to crimson.

City Girl in Red Lipstick, New York, Jaqueline Diedam, Designer, Illustrator

Courtesy of Jackie Diedam
Courtesy of Jackie Diedam

Once again my love of design, illustration and red lipstick led  to my discovery of  Jackie Diedam on instagram. I’m glad I did, as  I discovered a new shade of Orange-red I’m dying to try.

In-between projects Jackie graciously agreed to share her joys of discovering crimson and I’m sure some of you felt the same way she did, at first.

” I used to hate red lipsticks, until I found out how to wear them in a fresh way. I love shades that are not discreet like orange-reds, because it brings all the attention to my face in a bold and confident way.”  – Jackie Diedam

Lips in Rio Rio
Rio Rio

In this image Jackie is wearing George, from Troi Olivierre Beauty and another favorite is Rio Rio from Topshop.

George $28
George $28

Basically, it’s go all-out or go-home!

I think we all agree with Jackie and she’s one Citygirl in Red Lipstick!

Mysterious Red by Nars

Mysterious RedOkay, okay I know I was supposed to go out and pick up a new shade of crimson, one I haven’t tried before but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

I’m just a huge fan of Nars and their Velvet Matte Lip Pencils, it’s almost an addiction since I leave near the Mac boutique too, and never go inside.

I had to pick up Mysterious Red and I’ve been wearing it everyday since. Occasionally with Jungle Red  as it gives it a different feel.

What do you think? can anyone recommend a good matte for me to check out?

City Girl in Red Lipstick, New York, Katie Rodgers, Artist

Courtesy of Katie Rodgers
Courtesy of Katie Rodgers

I’m a huge fan of fashion, illustration and red lipstick and what happens when my dream worlds collide? I end up discovering talent i.e Katie Rodgers of

Chanel Rouge Velvet 38 Fascinante
Chanel Rouge Velvet 38 Fascinante

I look forward to seeing her updates on instagram and I’m easily swept-away  into her world, wishing I could stay  in the land of tulle and lace.

Katie graciously took time out of her busy day to dish about her favorite hues and tell us why she chooses red.

Mysterious Red, Nars
Nars, Mysterious Red
I try other colors but always go back to red. I love how timeless it is. My favorite lip color at the moment is NARS Velvet Matte Pencil in Mysterious Red. I’ve tried a million brands of lipstick and NARS velvet pencils are my favorite. I also love Chanel Rouge Velvet 38 Fascinante. Red lipstick is not only a powerful look; it creates a powerful mind. – Katie Rodgers,
Courtesy of © Katie Rodgers
Courtesy of © Katie Rodgers, JLo in Elie Saab
I’ve been so inspired by Katie, that I almost bought a set of colored pencils and drawing paper, but I hesitated, and may still attempt at being more creative.
Here’s to Katie, she’s one Citygirl in Red Lipstick!

City Girl in Red Lipstick, Athena Calderone, New York, Interior Designer, Founder of

Courtesy of Athena Calderone
Courtesy of Athena Calderone

I’m a huge Instagram follower and recently started following various food and lifestyle blogs.  Why? I’ve developed an obsession with food and interiors, especially posts from women that wear red lipstick as a signature hue.

I came across and instantly fell-in-love with not only the amazing photography/recipes, but with Athena Calderone.

Mac Ruby WooNow she’s not only talented, but she knows a great shade of crimson when she see’s one and graciously took time out of her busy schedule to share her favorites and give us a quote.

“I’ve always been a fan of a juxtaposed bold look.  A red lip adds that strong edge that I continually crave – guaranteed to make me feel polished and put together.” – Athena Calderone,  Founder of
b0aaf3e0-ef8b-46fe-b6b8-4d22ea72d09cAthena’s Favorite Hues: NARS Dragon girl, NARS Red Square and MAC Ruby Woo.
Athena looks gorgeous in crimson and she’s one Citygirl in Red Lipstick!