The Winter months generally mean less colour both indoors and out. The bright hues of Summer look somewhat out-of-place and paler skin, like the fading colours of the landscape, needs perhaps a little more zjujh.
Enter RED… lipstick.
Red? Who me? Nope, I don’t do red… I don’t even do lipstick!
Ok, before I lose you…
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine…
Yes, it’s a bold colour to wear but red can be just THE thing on a dull dreary day that means you walk a little taller and as you know, when we shine… others see our light, benefit, greater good etc etc!
So now we’re all on board, about three years ago I bought my first winter red lippy after bravely consulting the Clinique counter, now it’s a no brainer and contrary to my initial misconceptions, it is quite easy to wear! Here’s my favourite five at the moment:
Making RED work.
Red lips look better against white teeth which you can do yourself for less than fifty pounds (I buy my whitening gel from here ).
Second, if your feel it’s too ‘shouty’ a la “look at me”, tone down the rest of you. We naturally wear lots of black, grey, navy, purple, i.e. dark colours in winter so keep what you’re wearing down to one or two shades. This means the lips won’t be in competition with any other colours you have going on and will balance out the look beautifully!
Finally, wearing red lips is great because the eyes just need to be a flash of mascara and we’re good to go. Who doesn’t need quick-and-easy on a morning?!
Reds are hard to reproduce accurately on screen but here they are swatched.
I absolutely love first on the left because it’s playfully crazy and on a bad weather day it brightens any outfit. The most easily wearable colour is the 4th one (French Flirt by Lily Lolo, this is a great natural-looking shade and I can just bob on without having to be too careful.
Rimmel No 1 by Kate Moss (far right) is the most recent colour which I sought out after seeing it on an Instagram post by Katie Portman. Not owning any Rimmel make up and not sure what it would be like because it was so darned cheap I thought I’d give it whirl – LOVE it! Smells like cherries and the colour really is fantastic. Definitely my fav at the moment – thanks Katie!
The two Clinique shades are timelessly classic and look great with black.
Finally, unless you’re going to a posh evening dinner red nails can be a bit matchy-matchy, but very dark colours tend to tone in well with your clothes and not shout for competition with the lips.