Can Red Lipsticks Change Your Life?
There’s an old saying that goes, “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together.”
Even the grand Elizabeth Taylor knew of a red lipsticks’ magical properties.
Women have been wearing red lipstick for centuries. Styles have changed, and with time, connotations of lipstick – and really makeup in general – have changed, too. What used to be considered scandalous is now an everyday part of routine for most of us. Red lipstick is versatile. It can be powerful and awe inspiring, but it can also be mellow and sweet.
However you choose to wear it, one thing remains – red lipstick is here to stay! Unfortunately, there seems to be a cloud of questions surrounding it. When can I wear it? Is it appropriate? What shade is best for my skin tone? Today I’m helping debunk some of the myths that surround red lipstick and will be answering some questions for you.
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Blasting Misconceptions on Red Lipsticks
When is it appropriate to wear red lipstick?
Red lipstick is appropriate any time of year – I honestly believe that – but there is something about bold red lips in the winter time that just feels right. I love putting on a neutral face, simple eye makeup, and having my lips steal the show with a *POW*!
The short answer: Whenever you want.
While you may not want to make a statement in every situation, red lipstick is more versatile than you may think. I think it’s important to look at the whole package before deciding if something is appropriate for the situation.
For example, it’s probably not appropriate to wear super bold red lipstick with a dark smoky eye to work (I guess it depends on what you do-haha). However, you can probably get by wearing red lipstick with a neutral eye look to work. In my opinion, saying you can’t wear an entire category of lipstick certain places is just closed minded. That’s like saying “that sleeveless top isn’t appropriate for work,” even if you pair it with a nice blazer.
What red lipstick is best for my skin tone?
Lip colors can be difficult to match for individual skin tones. So many people get caught up in the “correct” base colors that I think women miss out on lipsticks simply because they aren’t supposed to look good on them. You simply have to try on lipsticks to know.
I’m very fair. *Shocker, I know*. I should be looking for reds with blue undertones because I’m super pink and fair. While I love reds with blue undertones, I don’t limit myself to them. Life is too short to limit the shades of lipsticks you can try, you know?
Universally Flattering Red Lipsticks
Like I mentioned before, I think you really have to try on lipsticks to say for certain if you’ll work on you. However, there are five that I think can be pulled off with any skin tone. At least I feel like these 5 shades should be given a chance by any skin tone. Each shade is a little different from the next, which I’m personally really excited about because I think this list gives you a little something’-somethin’ different than others like it.
Related: 5 MAC Lipsticks for Fair Skin
Russian Red is a MAC staple. It’s your typical blue-based red. It’s bright. It’s matte. It’s not drying. It goes with virtually everything. Russian Red is the poster child for universally flattering red lipstick.
Ellarie from ColourPop is a true cranberry. It’s sexy and deep, without being over the top. The berry in this shade could make a fair skinned girl turn away in a flash – but not so fast! Don’t be afraid of the berry. The berry tone in this lipstick doesn’t make your teeth yellow!
Desire from the matte creme liquid lipstick line by Milani is neutral to warm in undertone. It is a super bright, more orangey red. And it works, even on my pink fair skin. In fact, I love the contrast. I can see this being a red lipstick “bae” for my olive toned girls.
Monte Carlo is another winner from NYX. It’s a cool toned red, but it’s not as vibrant as the others. If you like red lips, but don’t want to take the plunge into something super bold, this lip color is for you! There’s quite a bit of pink it it.
Cabaret Blend is a true wine/berry. This lipstick from Milani is the epitome of what should look really bad on me. Wine teeth, anyone? — Humph. Would you look at that? It’s stunning.
The Best Red Lipsticks on Fair Skin
Now for some lip swatches! For the record, I did nothing to my teeth. So clearly none of these make my teeth look super yellow. 🙂 So, if you’re worried about that, I got’chu girl! And if you didn’t already know this – red lipstick stains, so my apologies for getting slightly out of the lines occasionally.
What are your favorite red lipsticks? Have any makeup myths you’d like to see debunked?