Wednesday, January 19, 2011

R is for Red Lipstick

Hello my Dear Readers! I hope you're having a fantastic Wednesday! :) Today I am sharing another excerpt from the book The One Hundred by Nina Garcia..."A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own." It shares the A-Z staples each woman should have in her wardrobe, and today we are continuing on with the letter R. :)

R is for Red Lipstick:

Ms. Garcia writes:

"Nothing says Hollywood glamour like a red lip. Every actress, model, and style icon lays claim to a tube or two. And all these women will tell you they know the best red lipstick. They've spent hours at the cosmetics counter and have it figured out. It's Chanel Red No. 5. Or MAC Ruby Woo. Or Clinique Angel Red. CoverGirl Really Red. Lancôme Red Desire. Anna Sui Rouge Chine. Mary Kay Red Salsa. Elizabeth Arden Slink. NARS Fire Down Below. Trucco Blood Red. Etc., etc. 
     Yes, clearly everyone has it figured out.
     The fact of the matter is you have to spend an afternoon hitting the cosmetics counter yourself. Red lipstick is much like the little black dress or your favorite pair of jeans. One size does not fit all. Skin tones and lip size and face shape all play a role. So, you just have to try them all on and then take a good, long look at yourself in the mirror. Much like the perfect dress or the perfect pair of jeans, you will know when you've found "the one." And then you, too, can tell everyone that you have this red lipstick thing all figured out. You know the very best one. In my case, it's Chanel Red No. 5."

"If you don't wear lipstick, I can't talk to you." --The Late, Great Isabella Blow

How To Wear Red Lipstick:

*Choose the right shade of red. For fair skin, go for a red that has blue undertones. For ruddy skin, choose a pinkish red. Olive skin looks best with warm reds that have an orange, gold, or brown base. Dark brown skin is stunning in a bright fuchsia-red. But of course, confer with the women at the cosmetics counter.

*Keep the rest of the makeup simple. Red lipstick is statement enough. Don't overdo the eye makeup or the blush or you urn the risk of looking like a clown. Let the lips be the focus.

*Make sure you know how to apply it. It is a bit of an art form. This is not the lipstick you can throw on in the back of a taxi. Again, confer with the women at the cosmetics counter and also see below.

"Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick."--Gwyneth Paltrow

How To Apply Red Lipstick:

*Apply a lip moisturizer first and then a thin layer of foundation.

*After the foundation dries, add a layer of face powder, which will help set the lipstick so that it will last longer.

*Next, line the lips with a pencil that matches your lipstick. Keep within the natural line of your lip.

*Apply a think, even coat of the lipstick.

*Blot. Always remember to blot!

*Apply a second coat and you're ready to go.

(All the information above is from the book)

A handful of Reds:
*My Personal Favorite: Lipstick Queen

What are your thoughts on Red Lipstick? Do you agree with Ms. Garcia? Do you ever wear red lipstick? If so, do you have a favorite? Please do share! :)

Have a beautiful and blessed day!



  1. wonderful post! I wear red lipstick almost everyday.

    There are some women that don't have lipsticks .. but are wonderful too

    look my post you'll understand


  2. Hi FFM! I do not own a red lipstick, but I was recently admiring some of my favorite pop-culture icons who look so good wearing a simple outfit with bold red lips. Gwen Stefani is one of my favorites. I was wondering if I could pull it off since one of my personal goals is to experiment with bolder color in my wardrobe and accessories. Guess I'll put that Macy's giftcard to use at the cosmetics counter.

  3. I love the look of red lipstick. I definitely cannot pull it off. I've tried. I look much more like a drag queen than a beauty queen, ha!

  4. The last time I wore red lipstick I was teenager...After I read this post I am on the way to the store to get my "first" red lipstick back!

  5. *Raises hand* total red lipstick gal here. Always have been, always will be. (Charla Krupp and your pink lips for women over 40 be damned).

    Red lips suit my coloring. (I'm a fair, green-eyed brunette). As I've aged I've lightened up on the formulation, going more sheer and using a lighter hand. I've also branched out into burgundies. I no longer wear the darker, vampy reds I used to love. And though I wear red lips often, I don't wear them every day. I do wear them with a nude lipliner to minimize feathering.

    I don't believe there is a red for everyone. It doesn't suit some people, just like the nude lip popular today doesn't suit me. At all. Different strokes!

  6. Great post!

    I have a few different reds that I love, all Revlon actually. I've tried and own several clinique, lancome and MAC, lippies but Revlon is inexpensive, doesn't bleed, doesn't have any strange "flavors", has a huge color selecton and stays on like nobody's business. (Because its so inexpensive I don't feel bad buying several colors)

    Revlon "Firefox" (a BRIGHT retro red, not for the faint of heart, lol but I still love it)

    Revlon "Love That Red" (Classic Red)

    Revlon Matte "Strawberry Suede" (This is actually a pink/red but totally awesome. My favorite.)

  7. I honestly can say I have never met a RED LIPSTICK that I have 100% liked! It's very fussy--and you always gotta check it to make sure it's ok--for me, I prefer wine or bordeaux--but normally wear a mauve/brown--more on the pinker side!

  8. I love wearing red lipstick. My favorite though was a red done by Avon called Hollywood Lights. The tube lights up inside with 4 little lights and has a mirror. It was really fun to use. I stocked up when they discountinued it. The perfect red in a gloss!

    As far as standard red lipstick I like Lancome and Clinique.

  9. Thanks for all the comments ladies and for sharing your favorite reds! I have always had a hard time wearing red lipstick until I discovered the Lipstick Queen Medieval. It actually works on me and I couldn't me more thrilled, since I've always loved the look of a red lip with otherwise simple "Old Hollywood" glamourous, IMO. :)