Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I Tried It: Red Lipstick

I've had this picture hung up on my inspiration board for a while and the Fiance has been digging how I look with lipstick on so I was on the hunt for a nice red one. So I used Maybelline's website tool Color Sensational Shade Finder to help find a good shade for myself. Have you ever used their tool before? It's so fun!

You put in your skin tone and if there's a specific shade of lipstick you're looking for; pinks, naturals, plums, reds or pearls and it automatically uploads lipsticks colors for you on the right. You don't have to pick just one shade either but look for all the shades or just a few. Then you choose items that characterize you like a strand of pearls, heels, a flower, glass of wine etc. to further narrow down your colors. I changed my items a few times and then went with the color that came up most often.

 Maybelline Color Sensational Lipstick - Red Revival
Dun, dun, dun. The winner is Maybelline Color Sensational in Red Revival.


It's a matte color and I topped it with Victoria Secret Beauty Rush clear lipgloss. Wearing red lipstick is so bold. I literally expected every person I saw comment about it, but naturally only my closest friends had anything to say. It made me feel like a bombshell or at minimum a MAC beauty artist since I wore an all black outfit with it.

The only downside to the red shade is that you have to be so careful applying the color to get it just right because you don't want it to smear and since it's so bold it really shows off the shape of your lips. You also have to reapply it a few times since it does wear off from talking and drinking. I expected it to be a bigger pain in my rear than it was, but I don't know if I could go everyday rocking it since I was so conscious of my lips and whether or not I need to reapply or if it had smeared across my face.

Overall it was such a fun experience. I know that may sound lame because all I did was wear bright lipstick, but it's true! I've only worn bright pinks or nudes before so this was a whole new ball game. It was fun to change up my make-up and not just my eye make-up, which is what I primarily focus on.


For my make-up, I took a few hints from Olivia Wilde's beauty look above and wore a simple shimmery nude color on my lids, black liner all around my eye, a gold highlighter in a C shape on the top of my cheeks and outer eye area and two coats mascara. For my lips I put foundation as a primer for the color, then carefully applied the lipstick straight from the tube. I've read before that a lipbrush is easier to apply color and I tried it that way, but it was more of a pain than just being careful. After it was applied, I blotted a few times and topped it with gloss.

How do you like it? Have you worn red lips before? Have you tried any bright colors?
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