That depends on the sort of look you like – red doesn’t have to mean full-on sultry siren…
and now it’s back and even bigger.
Newby Hands shows you how to wear red this autumn.
From Marilyn Monroe to Angelina Jolie, Kate Moss to Rihanna, the sexy red lip always looks modern and super sexy; the problem is, however, that while we love the idea of it for many of us it’s just a bit too intimidating.
Red lipstick is uncompromising (is that why so many of us stay with the beige?) and you have to feel confident to wear it properly, but there are different ways of making it work for you – rather than feeling it’s ‘wearing’ you. Here are my tips on how to ensure you look and feel fabulous in your perfect shade of red this autumn.
Forget all that confusing talk of blue-reds and orange-reds (I’ve never understood it myself), all you need to do is forget what it looks like in the packaging and actually try lots of shades on your lips – then look in the mirror. Suddenly there will be one that makes your eyes look brighter, your teeth look whiter and your skin glow – that is the colour for you. Try it, it really does work.
The classic glossy red is for make-up addicts, true lipstick lovers and the brave. Wear it rich and glossy with a dark eye (smoky metallics or even dark browns look more modern than black), but keep a light hand with the blush. Try YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in 01 Le Rouge for that classic red lip or bareMinerals Pretty Amazing Lipcolour in Strength for that high gloss finish.
As worn to such perfection by Kate Moss; her trick is to underplay it so virtually every time she wears a full on red lipstick she just keeps her hair simple, adds a bit of mascara and bronzer and that’s it. Try Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery for your vibrant, stay-put lip colour or Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Ultra Lipstick in Rouge for a deeper red tone.
Easy-to-wear red, this can also be your compromise for those who love the look of red but don’t feel brave enough. Mix a bit of red lipstick with a lip balm to get softer intensity while still getting most of the colour, or use your finger tip to dab on a red lipstick – this makes it softer and easier to wear. Try Nuxe Rouge Lip Care, it’s perfect for adding a splash of colour or Korres Wild Rose Lip Butter for a sheer tint.
Worn more as a long lasting matte lip stain than a creamy lipstick, it looks just as good in a strong, bright red as it does in a darker tone. Either blot your lipstick down or use a lip pencil all over the lips and gently blot (add a bit of balm if it feels too dry). Wear with black eye liner, mascara and either a bit of bronzer or the new contoured cheek. Try Lancôme Rouge in Love Lipcolor in 170N goes on like a creamy lipstick but has a matte finish or Dior Rouge Lipstick in 638 has that bold fashion red look.
Blotting the lipstick before applying a final lighter layer helps keep it on the lips. If you end up with red on the teeth, not just the lips, try this trick. After applying the colour, put your index finger in your mouth, close your lips around it and then slowly pull your finger out, taking any excess with it.