Nobody needs lipstick, especially red lipstick. But why not? I’ve purchased 6 different shades within the last three months, preparing for the end of the pandemic, or for days like today when I will be outside and more than 6 feet apart from strangers. Violet Grey means it’s been tested and tried, perfect.
Korean beauty is luminous, glowing and not layered or caked on. The skin is the main focus and the pigments are the enhancers, not the focal point. The colors in the collection are beautiful, lips are hydrated and drenched in gorgeous color. Nothing heavy and perfect for those non-makeup days when you’re just running around or don’t want to try too hard yet look effortlessly chic.
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I’ve been meaning to post about AOC. Right after she stood-up for all women that day. She brought tears to my eyes. I’ve been called names, and leered at by strange men and I’ve never really talked about it, until her speech. I too was often told to not wear red lipstick, but I chose to be who I was regardless. Most men are intimidated by a strong woman and I am glad we are all sisters.
I can’t say I’m a big fan of Stila, but the color sure does look pretty.
Feeling chic and sophisticated? Want to channel your inner goddess? When the mood overtakes you, choose RED! Red lipstick is like a perfect black cardigan; you can never have too many. My obsession with red lipstick began at an early age, and being a history buff, I decided to research the history of red lipstick. I wanted to know more about this passionate, rich, and vibrant color. Welcome to my History for the Red Lipstick Connoisseur.
Red lips have fascinated men and women alike since 3,000 BCE. A bold, look-at- me-color that demands attention, red lipstick has been advocated by the world’s most powerful women. (This supports my theory that red lipstick is the equivalent of a man’s power tie)
In the beginning, the ingredients used to create this come-hither hue were iodine, mannite, and a purplish-red dye taken from seaweed. It’s said that ancient Mesopotamian women were the first to invent actual lipstick by using crushed precious jewels. Cleopatra, desiring a deeper red, a red fit for a queen, used crushed carmine beetles and ants. Queen Elizabeth I used a simpler recipe of beeswax and plant derived red dyes. …I would personally love a red lipstick made out of crushed rubies – talk about true decadence!
Red Lipstick for generations has attracted admirers, it’s a come-hither hue that commands respect and get’s you noticed. Red pouts have been favored by princesses, movie stars, prime ministers and stylish women all around-the-world.
The best red lipstick application will always be the Parisian way of wearing your favorite crimson, with minimal makeup, but the rules have changed thanks to a sleuth of makeup artists that created innovative techniques that compliment a variety of skin tones.
1. There isn’t ONE perfect shade of red for every woman – There are so many gorgeous shades suitable for every skin tone. The objective is to try on as many as possible and look in the mirror, which shade makes you look brighter, fresher, more radiant.
2. Keep Your Options Open – Sometimes the texture of a red lipstick can be intimidating, there are many new formulations of red, there are glosses, stains, tints, glazes, matte, sheers and shimmers.
3. Change Things Up by switching your traditional black eyeliner for a white iridescent eye liner, this will create a more modern approach to wearing red.
4. Try a Nude Lip Pencil instead of a red lip pencil,this will make your cupids bow noticeable and you may get to skip the botox.
5. Wear a Smokey Eye – you can wear full-on makeup, it needs to be applied correctly and blended, my advice is to visit your favorite counter and take a class, they are complimentary with any two item purchase.
6. Try colored Mascara like Purple, Grey or Green, this will add more depth and texture to your favorite red pout.
7. Go Ombre with your reds by using different shades of crimson, add lip gloss to create dimension.
My friend Michele Burke created an easy guide to help steer us in the right direction.
Michele’s Red Lipstick Tips
Warm skin tones: Have greenish-blue veins and creamy-white teeth, they look best in Fire engine reds, watermelon, oranges and nectarines. For pink reds I recommend coral, tangerine, peach or salmon.
Cool skin tones: Have bluish veins and their teeth are usually blue/white or gray/white they can wear maroon, burgundy, fuchsia or raspberry reds, anything with a pink undertone.
Keeping Your Red Lipstick From Turning:
My friend Alphonse over at Musebeauty.pro says that when looking for a lip color, place it on your pointing finger tip. Press thumb against the middle of finger to have the blood rush to the tip. This will mimic a shade closer to one’s natural lips. Also applying lip color on the back of your hand has a different base than natural lip color, that is why it looks different or why the color changes.
Everyone can wear red lipstick, it isn’t for the faint-of-heart but you can find tinted lip balms to get you started or try pink-reds before jumping into the world of crimson pouts.
Here’s to the New Modern Rules of Wearing RED!
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I was never one to shy away from wearing makeup, especially red lipstick. Wearing red lipstick for most of us is like wearing high-heels, either you do or you don’t. I definitely wear red lipstick and try not to wear high-heels, although I’ve been known to sport a pair on occasion.
The women I admired in my youth were Diana Vreeland, the Duchess of Windsor, Coco Chanel and Babe Paley. I associated red lipstick with strong, successful, stylish and glamorous women. These amazing women understood the power and allure that only a great red can give. Red lipstick is the equivalent of a man’s power tie.
Red Lips are a statement, like a great piece of jewelry, heels or that much coveted handbag. I wore the same shade of red lipstick throughout my twenties, until it was discontinued. Since then I’ve been searching for that perfect shade of red, and realized that no two shades of red are alike.
1) There isn’t ONE perfect shade of red for every woman – There are so many gorgeous shades suitable for every skin tone. The objective is to try on as many as possible and look in the mirror, which shade makes you look brighter, fresher, more radiant.
2) Never wear red with heavy makeup – When wearing red the rest of our makeup pallet should be understated and super-casual. The quickest way to add age to your appearance is to wear heavy makeup.
3) It’s okay to dump the matching lip pencil – a more modern approach to wearing red is to build color by using a lip brush or your finger tip.
4) Keep your options open – Sometimes the texture of a red lipstick can be intimidating, there are many new formulations of red, there are glosses, stains, tints, glazes, matte, sheer and shimmers.
5) Remove the thoughts of associating red lips with sexual connotations – red lipstick is the quickest youth giving, skin-illuminating, eye brightening beauty trick around.
Remember that you can achieve red without wearing red – bricks, berries, and sheer red glosses give the effect of wearing red without being high maintenance – Melissa Prestinario, Makeup Artist Chanel Cosmetics.
If you’re wearing red for the first time, try brighter shades in sheer textures, or apply red with a lip brush for that gorgeous buildable color.
I personally love red lipstick because it gives me that Je ne sais quoi that only a great red can give.
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I can’t wait to try the classic 999 in this new formula. We are all about to be vaccinated, but will still require mask wearing, let’s face it mask wearing is going to become the new normal. But I don’t mind if it means not inhaling exhaust fumes, offensive odors or deadly diseases. Let’s hope the new formula lasts after morning coffee and wearing a mask.
Honestly, I don’t know who has been wearing lipstick lately, or even a crimson shade for that matter. However I could not resist and had to order a few. I just hope the shades I had in rotation before the pandemic haven’t dried out, I’m afraid to find out. First on the list is Pop and Red by Victoria Beckham, I am thrilled she actually has three shades of red, but this was my favorite.
Another fun gimmick is that Chanel now allows for virtual lipstick try-ons, so cool. I knew Rouge Triomphal was a winner before trying it on, but I ended up trying on every shade in the New Rouge Allure Velvet le Lion– I love how they added a little Lion motif on the tip of the lipstick.
I did purchase another Surratt lipstick in Alluring, but I am too lazy to go upstairs and take another photo.
Do you ever wake up with dry-chapped lips? I used to, until I tried Homeoplasmine, a French beauty find that started off being balm for mom’s who breastfed their little ones. Someone’s brain kicked in and realized it was good for the lips too. Honestly, sometimes you think it’s not working, until you run out of it and then you know, you know?
Scrubbing dry lips is easy with Sugar Lip Polish fromfresh, it smells like candy, and another lip polish I love is Baume De Rose Lip Scrub by Terry and you guessed it, it smells like roses. Although if you don’t feel like splurging on a lip scrub, you can always use your toothbrush to slough away dead skin.
I tend to sport a crimson pout, but sometimes when I’m not wearing makeup, like lately I like using Baume De Rose Lip Care, it leaves a beautiful light pink on my lips, and I don’t wear lipgloss often, but if I did it would be you guessed it Baume De Rose.