Red lips suggest all sorts of sexy things and always have. Women have been staining their mouths red for centuries, maybe longer. These days we have lipsticks, chubby lip crayons, long-lasting gels and lip glosses to help create that red pout we find so appealing. Last year I published a post on my favorite red lipsticks from the drugstore. Since then one of the colors I reviewed has been discontinued and I’ve found more colors I like so I thought it would be fun to create another post on the subject.
Personally I find red very easy to wear, but I’m a child of the 1980′s when bright colors and heavy makeup was the fashion. I’ve never really forgotten the look, or let go of it. I’m surprised when I talk to people who say red lipstick is tacky or inappropriate for women over a certain age. For me it’s just normal: a kind of everyday glamour that improves my mood and finishes my look. It doesn’t matter if I’m wearing jeans or an evening dress, red always works.
The trick to wearing red is to start with your skin. I personally think red needs a clean canvas to really set it off. I like wearing a sheer foundation, a hint of blush and dusting of powder for a clean, clear complexion. (Check out my favorite foundations here.) Next apply the red lipstick. At this point you might be done. Red lipstick is a statement all on it’s own and a lot of eye makeup isn’t necessary. Sometimes all I wear with bright red lips is mascara. If you’d like more detailed information here is a good tutorial on how to wear red lipstick.
So here are three more favorite red lipsticks from my favorite beauty emporium: the local drugstore!
Natural Red Lips
My most wearable red lipstick, the one I grab when I can’t decide if I want to make a statement or be more natural, isn’t a lipstick at all. It’s a chubby pencil by Sonia Kashuk and it’s called Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Rosey Nude 10. (I’m wearing it in the first photo.) The funny thing is it’s more of a brick-red than a rosy-red, and it’s definitely not nude.
- Color - a natural looking brick-red
- Staying Power - Stays put for several hours
- Feel - Rather dry, but not uncomfortable
- Bleed - This lipstick does not bleed at all.
- Scent – The color part is unscented, but the pencil is made of wood and it kind of smells like it.
- Price - $7.59 at Target
Sheer and shiny bright red lipstick
Boots Sheer Temptation in Smoulder is a beautiful, sheer, classic red. It’s a lipstick that looks like a gloss and perfect for those times when you want a subtle red lip. Like most glosses it needs to be reapplied frequently.
- Color - Bright true red
- Staying Power - Like most glosses the color doesn’t stay for very long.
- Feel - Smooth and creamy
- Bleed - It honestly doesn’t last long enough to bleed!
- Scent – No scent
- Price - $9.99
Sparkly Orange-Red Lipstick
L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in Blazing Lava #303 is a fun, sheer, sparkly orange-red lipstick. I usually wear it in the summer and early fall, but it’s a great color year-round.
- Color - Sparkly red-orange
- Staying Power - This lasts on my lips for a few hours.
- Feel - Creamy
- Bleed - I haven’t noticed any bleed wearing this lipstick.
- Scent – a classic, old-fashioned lipstick smell
- Price - $9
The Red Lipstick Challenge
I’m currently taking part in a red lipstick project like this one. I’ve read so many articles by women who are uncomfortable with red lips. I read their blogs and think to my self “I wear red lipstick all the time!” but that isn’t totally honest. The truth is I don’t really wear it EVERY day. I wear nude colors, and sheer gloss, and burgundy and fuchsia and coral too. So I decided that until February 14th I will wear red lipstick from the time I leave the house in the morning to when I take off my makeup at night. I want to see how it feels to REALLY wear red ALL the time. If you’re interested in the project please follow me on Twitter @thestyleconfess. I will photos and thoughts on wearing red lipstick daily under the hashtag #RedLipstickChallenge.
What do you think of red lipstick? Do you wear it? Would you try one of these lipsticks?