Yet again, Taylor is being featured in my blog this week this time it is for her red lip. One of my favorite trends that I think raises the bar of any outfit, the red lip is a classic staple that has been around for centuries. It is a trend that has graced the lips of women through the ages, and the mark has been passed on occasionally to the men via stolen kisses at secret rendezvous.
For me the red lip is more than just a trend to be sported on a night out on the town, it is a trend that can be sported any time of day because guess what, the red lip is one of the most daring trends out there. It is a trend that has been around for centuries and can be worn by all but has been truly sported by few in recent years, hence today’s tribute.
I am a woman of firm belief that there is a shade of red lipstick out there for every woman, and it may just take some time to find it. And to you women who think the red lip is too bold for you, I respond by saying the red lip isn’t too bold for anyone. There are so many different ways to wear it. Here are just a few:
1. The Classic Red Lip
The classic red lip as sported by Ms. Hathaway
Here, the classic red lip is being sported by Ms. Hathaway. The star of many films including some of my favorites, such as Les Miserables, The Princess Diaries, and a fashion classic The Devil Wears Prada, Ms Hathaway has become a classic beauty. As you can see here, Anne is sporting the classic bright red lip, which is not exclusive to light skin tones. The key to the red lip is to know which shades are right for you. Since Anne has a pale complexion, she can easily sport a bright red, or a more orange-red lip and still be able to pull off the classic look. If you are more darker complected, try a bright red, or a red with more blue undertones. The bright orange-red on a more darkly complected woman will upstage the woman that it is actually on.
This type of red lip can be best achieved by totally filling in your lips with a red lip liner, similar to the shade you are using, then using either a matte or lipstick with a slight sheen. Now the key to get a red lip to last all day is after you put on the first coat, through a tissue, apply a translucent powder on top of the lipstick in order to set the color. After that, you may apply a second coat to add a little bit more sheen to the lip. Or, if you so desire you may also use a red lip stain, or a red gloss instead of the classic lipstick.
The classic red lip can be easily sported with colors such as bright yellow, black, white, red (as long as you reds match), navy, bright blues, purples, and hunter greens.
2. The Berry Red Lips
Here we have Kiera Knightley sporting a berry lip. The berry lip is a much softer look than the classic red, but at the same time it still packs a punch. Simply by adding a little bit of lipstick Ms. Knightley has prevented her lips from getting lost on her face. The berry lip is a much easier way to start wearing lipstick for someone who does not normally wear it. It does not stand out nearly as much, and it can go with almost any outfit.
Preferably for me, if I were to wear the berry lip, I would sport it with more sheer materials,ivories, camels, browns, navy blues, blue-greens, purples, brownish-blues, mustard yellows, and kelly greens.
3. The Brown Reds
Jennifer Lawrence with a Brownish Red Lip at the Golden Globes 2014
Now, brown reds for me are any red that is clearly not a berry, or clearly not a classic red or red-orate. There is a hint of brown undertones. Jennifer Lawrence at the Golden Globes this year sported a nice brown red with her Dior Couture dress, and may I say she looked stunning. Although she could have sported a classic red lip with this look, the brown red lip with this look is very well suited to Lawrence. The nice thing about a brown red is it lets your outfit and your personality do all the talking, and we all know Lawrence has a lot of that.
The brown-red lip, in my opinion could be worn with almost anything, just like most of these other red lips.
A Lipstick and Lipgloss from Rihanna’s line for Mac, Viva Glam
What the main difference between all three of these different shades of red boils down to though are not the colors that you are wearing, but personality and the outfit of the day. Normally, I sport the classic red lip because I like to be bold and stand out, but at the same time, it also tends to go with entirety of my wardrobe. The majority of my wardrobe is made up of black and white staples with cheetah print thrown in the mix, all of which is conducive to a classic red lip. If I was wearing a lacy top, a top with a lot of movement, or earth tones, I would be more inclined to put on a berry or a brownish red that day simply because it matches the persona that I am trying to portray. Overall though, whichever lip color you choose, you have to go with your gut feeling because that its the color you will feel most comfortable in.
And to those of you who are afraid to try it, try it out at home for a day before taking it out on the town. And if you don’t like it, it isn’t the end of the world. It’s makeup! You can change it! Ciao!
Be Kind & Be Loving!