Red Lips

• 20 January 2013

Almost five years ago, I began reading Stephanie Nielsen's blog.  What I remember most about my first impression is how glamorous she made stay-at-home-motherhood look.  I found Steph's writing and images very honest, genuine and refreshing, so I came back for more.  I started noticing her ever present red lips and pretty, vintage dresses.  Since I usually hang around home in my pajamas (awesome bed head included), I remember being fascinated with her look and thinking, "I could never get away with red lipstick...but she sure looks fantastic!".

Fast forward about 4 years...I am attending Mighty Summit.  My lovely roommate was Christine Koh (another genuine, fantastic, down-to-earth kind of gal), who also donned red lips during most of the summit.  Since I'd spent the last few years warming up to the idea of red lips (I have a history of being a late adopter...surprised?), I had to ask.  "May I try on your red lipstick?".  Of course, Christine replied, "of course" and I bravely spread her Chanel stick across my lips.  And that, my friends, was the beginning of my new love affair with red lipstick.

Since red lips are more of a statement than your average, nude lipstick, I highly recommend bringing a friend along while you scope the makeup counters at your local Sephora or department store.  It's hard to feel like any store associate will truly be honest with you.  Be sure to not put anything on your lips that day, besides a clear gloss for moisture (more tips about wearing red lipstick here).

If you are looking for a red lipstick with warm undertones, I was guided to the following:

Laura Mercier - Red Amour - considered a moisture-rich, "classic, neutral red".

Nars - Red Square - a warm, orange-red with a matte finish.  Rumor has it that it was also recommended by Jenna Lyons.

Bobbi Brown - Old Hollywood - one site recommended this color for those with warm skin undertones and light-colored hair.  Bobbi calls it a "bright, cherry red".  Made the Top 5 Red Lipstick lineup here.

You may also be interested in reading this basic tutorial about "how to wear red lipstick".  It's perfect for red lipstick virgins like myself and offers great tips.  And one other note, if you want to wear red lipstick into public, but are feeling a little unsure about doing so, try wearing it around the house first (or during an evening when you are staying in).  Sometimes it just takes a little time to get used to new things, even if it's something you are actively pursuing.

If you have any lip color recs or other tips, please chime in!  I loved all your comments on this other makeup post.  Did you know I took you up on a few of your recommendations?

image of the red lipstick I ended up going with...


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