Friday 15 December 2017

How to rock red-hot lips

DOES anyone else have a sense of deja vu?

The annual revival of red lips as the hottest, must wear beauty look for autumn/winter, is making me feel decidedly Groundhog Day. However, I'd still like to get my kicks by rocking a glamorous, and grown-up Mad Men red pout.

But I'm not really a red lipstick gal. I'm not even really a lipstick gal, truth be told: my failsafe lip make-up is a neutral lipgloss, (if it's good enough for Jennifer Aniston).

While most women love the idea of red lips, we consider them difficult to wear well, regardless of age, skintone or personality.

I decided to step out of my comfort zone and commit to wearing only red lipstick for a minimum of five days. MAC LIP LINER IN RUDD, € 14.50 and RIMMEL COLOUR SHOW OFF IN BE BOLD, €7.22, were my products of choice. Initially, I felt ridiculous, especially at the supermarket with my “look at me!” lips, and it took a couple of days for the sensation that I looked like a child who'd been at mammy's makeup box to subside.

By the end I felt naked without my red lips in place and, even though my five days are up, I'm still sporting them for both day and evening wear.

I'm definitely reaching for red when I want to command attention, stand out from the crowd, and feel fierce.

Give red a go — after all, what have you got to lose but your inhibitions?

- Pale skin with cool (pink) undertones: Opt for a classic blue-based true red.

- Warmer (yellow) skin tones: Tomato and orangey reds should suit you best.

- Thin lips: Go for a red lipgloss, or dab a little clear gloss on the centre of lips over red lipstick to add fullness.

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