OK, I confess. I am a sucker for red lipstick. Always have been, always will be. Although I have way more than plenty, I can’t seem to resist. Because in these often dark, dreary and chilly days of winter, I find a good lippie perks me up like nobody’s business. And with New Year’s Eve coming up later this week, I have yet one more reason to happily go red; just add a bit of champagne and voila — instant celebration!
My latest lipstick love is Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Majella, a deep, mysterious red (shown at right). Although it’s so intense on me that I feel the need for foundation and some eye makeup to help pull it off successfully. I have long adored Nars lipstick pencils, having worn their Matte Lip Pencils in Forbidden Red, Cruella and Damned in the past. BTW, I have to cringe a little at that last name. Seriously, what am I to say should a sweet, elderly lady in church compliment my red lipstick and ask me for the name of it? 😉
Although not an out-and-out true red lipstick, I am still quite fond of Chanel’s matte La Sensuelle, which has very plummy undertones. Also, I’m still enjoying the dickens out of my old standby: Estee Lauder’s Perfect Silent Red from way back who knows when? I will be heartbroken when that one is gone for I’ve yet to find an exact dupe for it.
But the great thing about red lipstick is that pretty much everyone can wear it. It’s just a matter of finding the right shade to go with your coloring. I do well in reds with a blue undertone, but don’t look so hot in those gorgeous peachy or orange-reds, or lippies that have a lot of brown in them. I often wish I could wear those, or some of the great sheer pinks and peaches, too, but my skin is so fair that I look washed out and ghostlike in them. But it’s OK. For that’s the beauty of lipstick: There’s a shade out there for everyone.
So please share: What’s your current lipstick, lip gloss, or lip balm/Chapstick obsession?