For some reason after turning 28 this year, I fell in love with red lipstick. It happened unexpectedly, but as I can see from the updates on my friends’ social networks — it has become a common obsession. So I came up with an idea — to gather as much information about bright lipsticks as possible and share my thoughts, revelations and discoveries with you.
Lipsticks are different. If you try something once and it doesn’t fit well, it’s hard to be convinced – like when your are in the bar, the lights are dim and your friend pulls out a lipstick from her handbag for you to try it on, in case you’re not confident with it, it can leave you with a bad lasting impression. I was always certain that I shouldn’t put on my lips anything but colorless lip balms, all because I’d tried some nude shades that my mom used to have. On top of that, I once bought a bright red lipstick from German brand Manhattan, amateurly applied it at home and thought to myself “what a disaster!”
For some reason I associate bright lips with the trashy style of early 90’s (believe me, in Russia it really was trashy). I actually started having doubts when some of the bloggers whose taste I trust, were applying bright lipstick effortlessly and it looked good on them. Also, a great inspiration was a number of videos for newbies from Lisa Eldridge on how to apply lipstick. So one day I asked my boyfriend if he thought bright lipstick would look good on me. The day after, we ended up at the MAC counter and I bought a classic shade, Russian Red. I applied it right away in the store and was very excited about my new look.
Following that there were a couple of months when I was searching for the best shades, textures and overall look. I bought bright Ruby Woo (the one that some bloggers believe suits everyone), fuchsia shades, burgundy, ladybug red, brick orange, and cherry-colored lipsticks. And of course, a couple of pencils. Now, owning this small collection I’m ready to share some thoughts — A few things that I will definitely keep in mind when buying a new shade:
Lipstick can either make your look complete, or on the contrary, stand alone and be a bright highlight by itself. These are two different approaches, and most of the time I prefer the first one — even the brightest lipstick can add the perfect touch to your look and end up looking quite natural. That’s why I don’t quite feel at ease wearing MAC’s Ruby Woo: my lips seem to live on its own.
SO: decide, what option is the best for you, “you + lipstick” or “you. and lipstick”.
I’m not quite an expert on color types, but I’m pretty sure they do exist, because when I’m wearing warm-toned MAC Lady Bug sheer lipstick: even though I adore its texture, finish and color, its shade looks very strange on me.
SO: try lipstick on before buying it. I know, not all stores provide antiseptics to clean up the products , but if they do — go for it! Don’t be shy, it’s better to spend more time in the store than waste your money on a pile of lipsticks that don’t suit you. So try all the lipsticks you like! And the ones you dislike in the beginning too, because…
…those shades that I first thought were absolutely not my type, are two of my favourites now: MAC Viva Glam I and Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 40 La Sensuelle — the first seemed to be too brown, but ended up being just the right one (probably thanks to the blue undertone), and Chanel looked like the one I already had, but it was ABSOLUTELY different in the end.
SO: again, don’t be afraid (personally I don’t like putting my make-up on in public, but I force myself when I’m at the store), ask shop assistants for any advice (sometimes they are friendly, even in Berlin), and don’t hesitate to try anything – some shades that look weird at first might be the right ones!
To be continued.