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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

How I became a Red Lipstick Girl

how to wear red lipstick

Ask me at the beginning of last year about how I felt about Red Lipstick and I’d given you a firm answer of NUH UH. I didn't really like the way reds looked on me, and it didn't really suit the way I used to look. The main reason I got into red was because I went blonde, Simple as that. As a brunette, I felt I couldn't carry off reds well, but I think on reflection…. I just never looked around to find a red to suit my dark hair and warm toned skin.

Red’s come in various forms including blue reds, pink reds, orange reds and true reds. On me, I like true reds and orange reds. Blues don't tend to suit me, and I don't really like pinky reds! I can’t stress the importance of finding a lipstick that is right for your skin and hair tone because it will change your attitude towards a bold classic lip completely. Picking the right formula was another struggle. After a few experiments, I decided I liked the way matte and velvet reds look on me. Glossy reds are nice, but I found they looked a bit too overdone. Matte felt somewhat understated but still oozed sophistication with a retro edge. Matte red lips also give off a retro old school Hollywood vibe which compliments my usual makeup look.

So the bottom line is with red lipstick - there isn't one shade to suit everyone. It really is worth making the extra effort to try different shades and work out which is going to be the most flattering on your colouring before committing. Red lips are bold, sexy and super glamorous. They can take a look from ok… to WOW in seconds and can dramatically change the way your feel. It's actually scientifically proven* that red lips are like a beacon to men, they love that stuff. Plus sometimes a punchy red can make you feel more confident and dare I say it… sexy… So do it - Go forth and try red lipstick. If this peachy pink girl can be converted then so can you!

*slight exaggeration, but I asked some guy mates and they said red is a winner!

How do you feel about red lips?

43 comments

  1. love how you're wearing red lipstick but its subtle and effortless! the revlon red is gorgeous :)

    Rachel x
    Style Soup

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  2. My partner loves a red lip on women so I would agree men love it, I am a blue red girl but I have an uber pale cool complexion :)

    http://beccahillblogs.blogspot.com.au/

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  3. I was completely petrified by red lipsticks, but this year I purchased a clinique foundation and got 4 free samples of Chanel lipsticks, absolutely fell in love with one of them and couldn't stop wearing it. I don't think I'm quite ready to pay full price for a Chanel lipstick without bursting into tears because of the price, but I'm getting there! xxx

    http://a-city-girls-thoughts.blogspot.be/

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  4. Looks lovely on you, I stick to dark vampy reds myself but I do love a bold lip!

    www.chlotalks.blogspot.com

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  5. Lovely shades :) I'm quite fair skinned and I have blonde hair, so tend to stick to bold reds rather than corals if I'm going for a bright lip. I actually think most brunettes pull off a red better than us blondes!

    http://chloesthoughtss.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. You have lovely lips. I've not found a red that suits me yet but I really want to as it makes you look so much more glam! India xx
    www.touchscreensandbeautyqueens.wordpress.com

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  7. I love the look of red lipstick but i find it a really dareing colour to wear and i just dont have the confidents. i think reds look lovely of you and im a little jelouse of your confidence to wear it .
    smozzy
    xxx
    http://todaisiesblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  8. I definitely tend to prefer matte reds on me too. I like the glossy look but I just don't think I can pull it off, and I always feel like it's going to slide around and get all over my face!
    xx
    Stephanie | Love, August

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  9. The colour looks great - definitely all about getting the right shade!! xxx

    www.stylapetite.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. I've yet to find the red for me *sigh* I'm still hiding over in the berry tones. Curse you, comfort zone.

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  11. I've never been able to find a shade thats suits me, I've always thought it suits blonde hair far better. But now I'm determined to find my colour!
    RosieLM Blog xx

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  12. I love the look of the Hourglass shade - the finish looks amazing! Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

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  13. Revlon Red looks amazing on you Lily! Wish I could pull off a red lip!

    pearlsandsparkle.blogspot.com

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  14. i had the same experience, i couldn't find any reds that suited me but i was wearing the wrong tones. russian red is my go-to as it's blue tone suits my cool skin, plus rimmel lipliners give me a nice colour and finish and suit nearly all skin tones too :) great post again !
    Lauren x
    Britton Loves - www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. MAC lip pencil in redd is my go-to. So easy to apply and stays on forever. Your makeup choices are always so up my street. Feminine but not too frilly if you know what I mean. QworterLifeCrisis

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  16. I used to be the same until I discovered orange reds, particularly NYX matte red lipstick from their range

    www.walking-in-heels.blogspot.com

    xxx

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  17. I really love my Cruella Lip Pencil from Nars but I totally agree that you really have to try out tons of shades before finding the right one for your own complexion and colouring (:
    Looking lovely as always
    casualllyawkward.blogspot.com

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  18. I love using Mac's Russian Red as I think it suits my skin tone. All the ones you've picked definitely suit you so well!

    Little Black Russian

    x

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  19. i always ran away from reds, even when a friend gave me ruby woo as a present. but i tried it recently, and yep, i'm a convert! not necessarily for everyday, but 2014's resolution is more lipstick! xo

    hanne-xo.blogspot.com

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  20. I am also a recent red lipstick convert. In fact I am a bold lipstick convert! I only ever wore nudes and neutrals until a friend convinced me to try a couple of bright colours. I am a blue red girl :)

    Love Lana xx

    lovelanaxx.blogspot.com

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  21. I swear by Russian Red from Mac.

    xXx
    Blog: http://unspeakablethoughtsunspoken.blogspot.com
    Shop: http://unspeakablethoughtsunspoken.tictail.com

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  22. I really got into reds this summer, surprising how easy they are to wear!
    Samantha
    sjmcdf

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  23. I love a red lip. I am not shy when it comes to lip colours.

    RIKKI //
    RIKKI POYNTER MAKEUP

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  24. I'm really un-confident about wearing red lipstick however I love darker shades such as purples & dark reds.

    www.ameliaowl.blogspot.com

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  25. Mac Russian Red is definitely one of my favourite lipsticks ever x

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  26. I'm with you on not suiting flat out RED lipstick and tend to favour a more coral-toned red if I'm going to go there at all. All of these shades are gorgeous and really suit you, I especially loooove the Revlon one on you!

    Raffles Bizarre Blog

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  27. i love red lips but they don't always suit me.. it depends what i'm wearing really!

    love Katy @ THE RAWRDROBE

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  28. I started wearing red lips this year as well and now I love them! It definitely was all about finding the right color though. I find that I love orange reds on me as well as deep berry colors.

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  29. Red lipstick is so classic, I love it! I think Ruby Woo is a great red that suits a lot of people, or LimeCrime's Velvetine in Red Velvet.

    lxvechild.blogspot.co.uk
    lxvechild.com

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  30. looks great on you!! red lipstick are a classic for sure xx

    www.sparklethiscity.blogspot.com

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  31. Red lipstick looks gorgeous on you!

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  32. That was me beginning of last year too, but I really got into them after the release of MAC Riri Woo in the summer.

    -Nita
    xsimplynitax.blogspot.com

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  33. I'm trying to transition into more bold lip shades so this was a good post for me! MAC Russian Red is always one I pick up to look at in stores. It's such a lovely colour!
    xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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  34. It's such a good feeling when you find a red that really suits you! x x

    zoeblogsbeauty

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  35. Love your blogs, definitely tempting me to try more red shades! x

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  36. great post!!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  38. Great article.
    Face Boutique by Irina
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