Statement red

26Nov10

Christmas time is full of opportunities to eat and drink to much, and also try out some festive looks that you haven’t tried before.

My personal favourite? The matte red lip. Obviously.

What better way to scream Christmas than with bright red lips? In my opinion it brightens the complexion, makes your teeth look whiter and immediately makes you look like a renegade at any party. Although it may be a little work in the beginning, and it requires a little attention throughout the evening; this one is well worth the effort!

When wearing a red lip I always like to pair it with a flawless complexion, simple eyes (mostly just loads of mascara) and either slightly bronzed cheeks or a soft blusher.

If you have no clue how to begin with red lips, you have to know whether you’re warm or cool toned in order to find your perfect red. Cool toned ladies can opt for a blue based red like MAC Russian Red (a true red), while warmer toned beauties should rather opt for yellow toned reds like MAC Lady Danger (more of an orange) or brick reds. If this makes no sense to you then check this out.

Celebrities like Dita Von Teese and Gwen Stefani lean to the cool side and so wear classic blue reds, bright vivid cherry reds and deeper plum or burgundy reds.

Stars like America Ferrera and Salma Hayek both have a warmer undertone and find brick or slightly yellow or brown based reds far more flattering.

People with cool tones tend to have a pink undertone to their skin, while warm tones have more of a yellow or olive. But beware, just because you have a Mediterranean complexion or tan easily that doesn’t necessarily make you warm toned. It really is a matter of going to your nearest makeup counter and trying some different reds on.

These are the general rules of the game but really there are no rules that have to stick hard and fast.

If you’re not sure on how to apply red lipstick best… I pass you on to none other than the best: Lisa Eldridge and her tutorial for statement lips a la Dita Von Teese.

Hope you enjoy and that this helped!

Alexa

xx

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4 Responses to “Statement red”

  1. Your look is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve always had issues choosing a good red lip, because I’m pale and blonde but my skin has sort of golden undertones, if that makes any sense. I finally found one that suits me, though, although I have no idea if it’s a true red or more bricky or what have you. Long story short, great post, and I love your look! 🙂

    • That’s great, I think everyone can work a red lip, it just takes a bit of experimenting. I recently bought a brick red lipstick in an attempt to try a warmer red, and it looked horrible. Just goes to show that undertones really do play a role. I looked so ill, I ended up putting it in my makeup kit.

      Glad you enjoyed the post, thanks for the feedback!

  2. Thanks for this post and the video. Enjoyed it loads. I have been regularly visiting your blog since last May. Always enjoy it. Don’t know why I never commented so far.


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