Do you ever get dressed, be-bop around your house for a while, walk the dog maybe, answer some emails, eat some corn Chex, get ready to leave the house and just suddenly feel…blah? Like your outfit is kind of off, but you don’t have the time/energy/desire to change into something else? Well, that’s kind of how I felt in this getup.
So what did I do? I slapped on some red lipstick. It kind of changed my whole outlook. There are many opinions on which shade/brand of red lipstick is universally flattering. I happen to be a MAC lipstick kind of girl. It’s not super Chanel-level expensive, but it’s nicer than the drugstore. I have on Russian Red in these shots, but Jennifer says Ruby Woo is the best. Either way, I wholly recommend getting yourself to the makeup counter and trying out some shades.
Some very general tips for your red lips experience:
- Bluish or purplish-toned reds look best on those with “cool” complexions (pinkish palish skin)
- Orange-toned reds look best on those with “warm” complexions (olivey darker skin)
- Lipliner is pretty key unless you have surgeon-steady hands. Also helps the lipstick to stay put and not bleed into the little creases above your lips. Your surgeon hands don’t prevent those creases!
- Moisturize before you apply so you have a nice even surface. Some lipsticks will stick to every little piece of dry skin and magnify it, so beware!
- Matte lipsticks will stay put all day and be super-dramatic, but it’s kind of a commitment. So try out a sheer first if you’re not used to the color yet.
A pop of red on the lips is something I recommend to many of my clients who haven’t got a lot of color in their wardrobes. It’s a super easy way to add a little interest and polish and it’s usually less expensive than a necklace!
October 13, 2011