As I mentioned in last week’s blog post, A Beautiful Ritual, wearing red lipstick is a statement. It took me a long time to get comfortable wearing it. I love the way it looks on other people, so I was determined to get over my anxiety. My problem was that I wasn’t used to seeing myself with bright red lips and I wasn’t certain if the lipstick looked good on me.
When I went out with friends, I would look to them for approval. I’d never ask but I figured somehow I would know what they thought.
The truth is, you wear red lips because you want to and it makes you feel good, not because your friends think you look good.
I’ve found that a good way to get comfortable with this new look is to wear the lipstick when you are around people you don’t know. That way you won’t be worrying about other people’s reactions.
Once, when I felt at ease with my bright red lips, I met up with a friend. “Hello,” he said, staring at my lips. Instead of feeling insecure and wanting to run to the ladies room and wipe it all off, I figured I might have overdone the red a bit and laughed.
Last week’s post generated three great questions. Let me try and answer them.
What you need to do is determine which red is right for you. To do that, you need to know what your skin’s undertone is.
If your coloring is dark blue, reds will probably be best for you. Lighter colored skin usually looks best with yellow-reds. But that isn’t always true.
Another way is tell is something called the jewelry test. What looks best on your skin—gold or silver jewelry? If it’s gold, you have warm undertones (yellow reds are best). If silver is best, you have cool undertones (blue reds are best).
This test really worked for me. As much as I love gold, silver looks best on my skin.
If you’re still uncertain, go to a makeup counter and ask for help. Once you know your undertone, ask to test some lipstick colors to see if you like them.
Those lines happen mostly with age and they happen to most of us. Elizabeth Arden was one of the first companies to develop a product that worked to seal those pesky lines. It was a big deal at the time and everyone raved about it.
Now, there are other products on the market, but Elizabeth Arden’s Advanced Lip Fix Cream is still getting great reviews. It costs $22.50. I’m going to order it. I’ll let you know what I think.
That is a great question. The answer is yes, absolutely! What you need to do is define the outline of your lips and then give them dimension.
Start by outlining your lips with a lip pencil the same color as your lipstick. Define the upper edge of your lips; it will help them to look larger.
Add the lipstick and blot it. Reapply the lipstick and then add a brighter one in the center of both the top and bottom lip. This will add dimension to your lips and make them look fuller.
The best way to know what works is to try things out and then see if you like them. Then practice, practice, and practice some more. You need to feel comfortable putting the lipstick on, keeping it on and seeing yourself with it on. I think red is beautiful and is well worth the effort!
Let me know your experience with red lips?
How do you make it work?
If you have other questions leave them in the comments. I'll get back to you.
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