The Perfect Red Lip


The Perfect Red Lip

This week I’ve been reading a lot about how a Red Lip is “in” this Fall and Winter. However, I would like to say that the Red Lip has absolutely never gone away. Another thing about red lips that has me annoyed is that so many, for so long, have said that redheads simply can’t wear one. To this, I say “Nay!” and so do a lot of other people now.

For redheads, it’s harder to make a red lip look really good, but it most certainly can be done. First, if you’re a ginger, you have to determine you skin tone.

  • Warmer Skin tones, (and more Orangey hair hues,) should look for a more orangey-red and corals.
  • Cool Skin tones look best with a blue-based reds. Darker reds look best, especially when you get into plums.
  • Neutral skin tones have it easier. You can pretty much wear any shade of red and have it look fabulous.
QUICK CHECK
Do you look better in Gold or Silver jewelry?
Golds = Warmer Skin Tone
Silver = Cooler/Neutral Tones

The rule for Red Lips has always been: the paler the skin, the bigger the pop.
If there’s one thing Gingers have going for them, it’s fair skin. Work that red lip!

GINGERS W/ COOL SKIN TONE – RED LIP

With her cool skin tone and darker, auburn hair, Emma Stone looks great in these red shades.
(I particularly love in the first photo how her green earrings are complimented by the red tones.)

GINGERS W/ WARM SKIN TONE – RED LIP
Mad Men’s, Christina Hendricks and this model (from Montreal’s Spring/Summer 2011 Fashion Week) are two redheads with very warm skin tones. The more Orangey-Reds chosen for each lady compliments their tone. Each lady’s hair color and lipstick are all shades of read, but what makes them so cohesive are their Orange qualities.
As a result, the over-all look is Orange; only on a redhead can an “Orange Look” be so beautiful. Blue eyes shining through appear that much more illustrious.

GINGERS W/ NEUTRAL SKIN TONE – RED LIP

Christina Henricks (with a much more subtle blush than seen in the picture above), Isla Fisher and Nicole Kidman are all seen here with neutral skin tones and very bold red lips. Simple eye makeup, which is the way to go with a bold lip, and these redheads look amazing…
IT CAN BE DONE!

When doing a Bold Red Lip, I have the most success with the following steps:

  • I use a very sheer foundation (depending on the look, I sometimes use a shade slightly darker than my own) and blend it in with a very light, daily moisturizer. That way my face looks delicate and not heavily weighed down by layers of foundation.
  • Because I like my red lips to be glossy, I use a small amount of powder to blend over my face for a more matte look. SKIP BRONZER (unless used lightly in a warm look).
  • KEEP THE EYE MAKE-UP SIMPLE! I like to use liquid liner and mascara in either dark brown or black (the blackest black) and one SHEER layer of a very light eye shadow, a neutral shade. (White, Off White, Light Light Tan)
  • *OPTIONAL* Because the eyes are so simple, I especially want my lashes to stand out, but not too glam (the red lip is what is glam about this look). Using cheap, drug store lashes, I apply a whole set. But before doing so, I trim the ends (as well as the length sometimes) giving them a more uneven, natural look.
  • Most fair skinned girls, especially Gingers, have a very rosey tone making blush unnecessary. If you do choose to use a blush, make sure it is sheer and lightly applied to the apples of your cheeks. A super sheer light light pink shimmer looks nice and is what I choose with my Red Lipped Looks.
  • I personally think it looks horrible to line the entire lip… ever. Unless I join a Puerto Rican street gang, I’ll pass on a dark, complete lip-lining… However when I do red lips, I line the inside corners of my lips and a little in the center of the top and bottom (to even out any discoloration and unevenness.)
  • Then I apply the lip color (I’ve yet to try a stain, but I haven’t heard good things from friends who have). I’ve found Cover Girl Outlast lip color to look and work the best. I use the top gloss the color is partnered with, but I also apply a clear gloss for extra shine when I want it.

Obviously, Red Lips look great on EVERYONE! I’ve compiled a few photos of “Red Lip Lovers” to demonstrate how a Bold Red Lip looks on women of various hair and skin tones.

You can see how these beauties have partnered their red lips with other elements to accommodate their individual spin on the classic red lip.

BLONDIES
Christina Aguilera and Gwen Stefani are two platinum blondes who are regular red lip rockers. Emma Watson, who always looks fab, shows a bold red lip in such a down to earth way.

Lauren Conrad, Hilary Duff and Hayden Panettiere are all more subtle blondes
who flawlessly execute a bold red lip.

BRUNETTES

Leighton Meester, Audrina Patridge and Ashley Greene.
Brunette Beauties with varying skin and hair tones, all with beautiful bold red lips.

Megan Fox is a Dark Brunette and regular rocker of red lips.

RAVEN-HAIRED
Dita, oh Dita. When I decided to dye my hair black, it was in hopes that I would look something like this. The dye didn’t hold very long and I had to strip my hair as a result…
Still, I definitely want to dye my hair black again sometime.

OLIVE/TAN COMPLEXIONS
Kim Kardashian, Jessica Alba and Penelope Cruz all looking lovely with their red lips. Each is able to go a little darker, a little more with their eye makeup because of their darker skin tone.

DARK COMPLEXION
Rhianna, Beyonce and Zoe Saldana all wear their red lips well. Also, like with tan and olive skin tones, these ladies can go a bit darker with eye makeup and even a little darker with their blush. A sheer, shimmery peach pair nicely.

BEWARE: WHEN RED LIPS GO WRONG
Any amount. Of any other color. WILL make your red lip look more like clown-wear.
So, if you’re following: TOO MUCH of other colors only makes this worse. (Unless youre audition for the circus, then you-go-girl) Rhianna’s dark skin tone does allow a lot more room for adding color, but only if you really know what you’re doing, (I still wouldn’t suggest any other colors in your look.) Leighton Meester’s purple raccoon eyes definitely clash with the red lip. (Why so serious?) That being said, I actually like it… for a runway, concert, etc… for a regular, average person… steer clear… it won’t look good, I promise.

A nice classic black eye liner is the best way to go with red lips.
Too much liner can make you look like an anorexic ghoul, i mean, Mary Kate Olsen
or like a whore in a Robert Palmer music video.

SO WATCH OUT!

and REMEMBER: SIMPLE FACE & EYES with a BOLD [RED] LIP.

  • Another thing to keep in mind with red lips is your nail color.
  • Just about anything other than a red looks good. Black, Blues, Neutrals, light Pinks, etc.
  • Stay away from Corals, Maroons, Plums, dark Pinks, etc.
  • Only if the Red Nails REALLY match the Red Lips… nearly identical… will it work.
  • Otherwise, the two colors will clash and that will only make both the lips and the nails look bad.

Jets Win!!!


This afternoon, in Overtime, my New York Jets beat the Detroit Lions! WoopWoop (I’m not so sure why the game was so close… but they won!!!) And as we stand right now in this week’s football pool, I am up against one other person and it’s coming down to Monday night’s game. (With the exception of one week I have made it down to the final few when the Monday game chooses the winner… even thought I’ve only won once… I’m a gal who knows my football!!!)

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4 comments

  1. the entire first half of ur blog had me cracking up. idk why i guess i just know you, and know how ur writing it…anyway, i disagree with "everyone looks good in red lips" i def do not. BUTTTT, you are the one person i know who can rock a red lip anyday of the week…seriously.AND i love that the jets won of course.:))

  2. Red Lips are one of the best tricks you can pull out of your kaboodle! Always makes a statement. Sarah, I bet you could totally rock it! and Felicia, you can rock anything! Thank you so much for reading, it means a lot!

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