Whether you’re attending office parties, holiday gatherings or just wanting to express your boldness, a red lip is your perfect statement piece. Since we are in the season where red is a predominant color, I’m sharing with you today on the blog my current reds and how to select a red suited for your skin tone.
I always think of a red lip as bold and daring, showing confidence and sophistication. Personally, I love a bold lip. As a child I loved playing with my mother’s makeup collection. She owned a NYX cherry red gloss with the lip liner that smelled so divine. I would sneak to apply after she left for work. She got it as a gift and never used it so in my mind its belonged to me, when I play dress up of course. The first red lipstick I purchased was some cheap crayon which I only used to take photos. From there on at the age of 22 I was in search of the perfect red lipstick. I was very shy and developed this belief from my mother that a red lip attracts way too much attention. Even when I got my first MAC lipstick I opted for a pink.
For the past couple years, I’ve been experimenting with reds. Thank goodness YouTube has evolved, where you can search what reds are trending and what can match you. Although it can be tricky, here’s what I learned when purchasing red lipsticks.
There is always a shade for you so have no fear.
First you need to know if you have a warm, cool or natural undertone. To find out you can check the color of the veins on your wrist. If its blue, then you have a cool (pink) undertone and if they’re green then you have a warm undertone (yellow). Same rules apply when matching your foundation.
Cool tones tend to match with blue-red shades while warm tones are best complimented with orangey-red shades.
Another way to figure out your undertone is by using the jewelry test. If you tend to wear more gold accessories, most likely your undertone is warm. Silver, then its cool while both are neutral.
I gravitate towards both gold and silver jewelry so it’s not an issue for me. Some days I love a darker red while on others I prefer an orangey-red. It all depends on my mood or my outfit.
Currently I own a few red shades. I’ve been loving MAC’s Ruby Woo lately which is said to be cool red but quite honestly it switches up on me. Weird how one day its dark and the other orangey. LA Girl Matte Flat Velvet lipstick in the shade (bite me) I would consider a dupe to MAC’s Ruby Woo, affordable and long lasting. Sacha Cosmetics Intense Matte Lip Velvet in the shade (hello boys) is also an inexpensive orangey red. Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit is another affordable bomb red lipstick in the shade (missy and fierce) which applies like a gloss but dries matte.
As with any type of lip product you’ll need to exfoliate before application to ensure it lasts long and doesn’t crumble. Add some concealer to make your lipstick pop even more and for a smooth application. Lining also helps with definition of the lip’s and or for fuller lips.
A trick I do when exfoliating my lips which may seem weird is that I apply a matte lipstick which highlights all the dead skin then I remove with coconut oil. This way when I’m ready to exfoliate with a scrub it isn’t so harsh.
Hope you’re wearing a bold red lip this holiday season and don’t forget to tag me in your posts using the hashtag #AFabRedLip ….
Stay Fab, Smooches.
Arm Swatches from top to bottom:
Freedom- Pro Lipstick (pure vamp)
Diorouge (080 red smile)
Diorouge (999 matte)
MAC (M.A.C Red)
Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit (930B Missy and Fierce)
MAC (707 Ruby Woo)