The sexy-red-lips look popped up at nearly all the runway shows for the fall 2006 season, and now the trend has taken Canada by storm. We know what you’re thinking: “It looks good on other people, but just not on me…” Truth be told, pulling off this look can be a little bit tricky—but don’t fret: we at divine.ca have compiled a few tips and pointers to help you on your quest for the perfect red pout.
Shades of Crimson
Just because a shade of lipstick looks absolutely fabulous on your friend doesn’t mean it will look the same on you; different reds better complement different skin tones. Because the type of red recommended for a specific skin tone can vary greatly depending on whom you ask, our advice is this: rather than buying what someone else tells you will look good on you, go to your favourite makeup counter and pick a light shade of red, a medium one, and a dark one. Ask the clerk to disinfect the tester tubes and try each of them on. Decide which one you like best, and then try slightly different shades and finishes (matte, frosty, shiny, creamy, etc.) This may seem a little time-consuming, but you’re bound to find the perfect shade of crimson that will make everyone do a double-take when you walk into a room (which makes the time investment well worth it).
Benefit lipstick in Such A Red; $19 at select The Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart locations
Lancôme Color Design lipstick in Stiletto Red; $24 at Lancôme counters
Guerlain Kiss Kiss lipstick in Excès de Rouge; $31 at Guerlain counters
Cover Girl Outlast Smoothwear lipstick in Red Satin, $12.99 at drugstores
Lise Watier Rouge Gourmand lipstick in Cherry Blossom, $18 at Lise Watier counters
L'Oréal Paris Rouge Scarlett Limited Edition lipstick in Buttoned-Up Red, $10.50 at drugstores
Size Really Does Matter
Because the red lipstick look is so intense, you need to make sure that your mouth doesn’t look like it has taken over your whole face-- especially if you’re a naturally fuller-lipped gal. If you are, choosing a darker, matte shade of red will downplay the size of your pout.
Conversely, if your mouth is on the thinner side, you should opt for a lighter, shimmery shade of crimson to avoid creating what could look like a tight red line on your face from afar. You can also try dabbing a bit of clear lip gloss on the middle of your bottom lip (over the lipstick) to make your mouth look fuller.