You red it here!
Don’t be a shrinking violet when it comes to lip colour and play safe with a neutral lipstick. A red lippy can transform your life!
Go bold with the lippy, says Suzie Abel
MAYBE YOU think that a bright lipstick is too harsh or just doesn’t suit your look. Maybe you’re worried about the dreaded ‘bleeding’ into those little lines around the mouth and, of course, there’s always that horrific ‘lipstick on the teeth’ syndrome.
Well, if I haven’t put you off yet, let me tell you how powerful and confidence-building a red lip can be. Somehow it gives the face more definition and style, and draws the attention to the lips and away from any areas of the face that are not on top form.
Don’t be alarmed when people look at you. It’s great and means you look cool!
There are a few little tips, though, that may help you pluck up the courage to give it a go:
Generally speaking orangey reds work best for blondes and bluey reds for brunettes but these days, anything goes. I’m dark and one of my all-time faves is Lady Danger – definitely one of their reds with a hint of orange and a stunner for impact.
A lip pencil carefully applied just inside the lip line and using a lip brush will help keep the lipstick in place. Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat lip pencil in Kiss & Tell goes with any red. One of her top sellers is Red Carpet Red, a lovely velvet matte.
An old fashioned tip – apply one coat, blot with a tissue split in half and dust some loose powder through the tissue with a powder brush, apply a second coat and there you have it, extra long-lasting wear. YSL Vinyl Shine in Rouge Vinyl is so clever. It has all the pigment of a lipstick, the lasting power of a stain, yet the effects of a gloss – it’s brilliant!
For all day moisture, splash out on Scarlet Rouge from the Tom Ford Lip Color range, full of soya seed and Brazilian muru-muru butter for a creamy finish. Bobbi Brown has Parisian Red too which just glides onto the lips – so easy.
Many modern lip colours have an amazing staying power of their own so don’t think it’s going to takes ages when you make the move to red.
I can promise that MAC’s Ruby Woo, applied carefully, will last through a meal and several glasses of wine and you’ll still have to remove it properly at the end of the night – it’s a real stayer.
I hope I may have persuaded you to be bold and step out of your comfort zone when it comes to your lipstick. Give it a try – I guarantee results!
Top left: MAC Lady Danger
Left: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Lip Cream
Right: Charlotte Tilbury The Perfect Red Kiss Lip Set
Far right: Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge