I never used to wear much red lipstick in my 20s, I always found it a bit OTT. But as I get older, I understand it’s appeal to feel ‘done’, I remember a friend saying she loved it because if she wasn’t wearing any makeup, the pop of red made her feel a ‘little’ glamorous and I tend to agree.
On holiday especially, when I like to let my skin breathe, I often go out without make-up but a bright lip and it’s the obvious choice now Christmas is on its way. I asked Facebook a little while back on everyone’s favourites, and there was a great discussion on it, so thought I’d share the ones I love…God knows why I have so many red lipsticks, maybe that’s why I am struggling to afford a new kitchen! But I am also highlighting their differences by doing this post so…they’re all justified.
1. Bobbi Brown ‘Bright Poppy’
This colour is super matte, and almost a vibrant orange. In my head, it’s very Jenny Lyons, which is why I chose to wear this shade for my J Crew event. As I often have a (bit of a) tan, I like to opt for a red with a hint of orange as find it a bit more flattering (some reds make my skin look quite yellow).
|Clothes: Next (old)
This lipstick, to me, is the perfect red – it feels so grown-up, like the kind of lipstick my mum always carried in her purse when I was younger (when she wore YSL ‘Poison’ perfume). It glides on super smoothly and when I wore it for a hen weekend, all my friends asked about it as it stayed put the entire day.
|Jumper: £19.99, H&M. Jeans: £34.99, Gap. Boots: Tabitha Simmons (old)
This lipstick came as part of a lip duo (named after the ever gorgeous Vivien Leigh), and I must confess to not trying the accompanying lip gloss – sticky red lips makes me tense, especially with light hair. This is almost a dark pinky red, again, very matte – and works so well with light colours.
|Trench: J Crew(old). Top: $59, Storets. Jeans: £54.95, Gap. Shoes: £49.99, Zara.
I had no opinions on Smashbox until a few friends raved about their primers (which also, I never knew anything about until last year). Now I’m hooked on the primer
, the hydrating foundation
and basically everything about the brand. it just works, and this red is the perfect classic red – it looks darker than it comes out and I believe it’s set to be iconic.
Possibly the darkest of my reds (but looks even darker on the site), this is a great cheap fix. Easy to wear, a matte finish and perfect for everyday use. I really rate Topshop beauty, I also love their lip bullet pencils and they do the best red nail polish in ‘Pillarbox’ for £5
So I also found out that these were none of your choices for red lippy! What can I say, I like to be different. So I’ve included a few below (along with some great buys this month, if you’re not spending all your money on Christmas!):
Heels: reduced to £28, Wallis
Chambray jumpsuit: £80, Hush
Wool coat: £139.99, Mango
Leather bag: reduced to £97.30, Radley
Matte lipstick in ‘Ruby Woo’: £15.50, MAC