Nov 7, 2011

Red Alert

Hi readers! I'm really excited about today's post! You've all heard me talk about my best friend Megan, and if you've ever looked at the pictures in any of those posts, you've seen how cute and stylish she is! Meg is my go-to beauty guru. I ask her any and everything, and it's to her credit and patience that I wear mascara, tights, and love nail polish as much as I do. She's great about suggesting beauty products that will look great, but also force me to step outside my comfort zone a little bit. Meg's going to start doing a monthly guest post for me about beauty related topics, and I'm thrilled about it! Today she's here to talk about a month-long experiment she tried - I'm sure you going to love her as much as I do!

I read an article once about a woman who wore red lipstick everyday for a month. I see women in red lipstick ALL the time and I'm amazed at how instantly classy, beautiful, and put together they look. I've attempted red lips in the past but never felt confident with it. I recently decided that NOW was the time to try my own "red lipstick every day for a month" experiment.

A week or so into my self-imposed Month of Red I thought to myself, "I shouldn't be the only one to benefit from this!" Luckily, Becky agreed with me and now all you lucky ladies (People? Are there any dudes who read this fabulous blog?) get to find out what I discovered along the way!

I started out with only one tube of lipstick, two glosses, and one lipstick/gloss hybrid. After three days, I was only wearing the lipstick, and was bored with the same shade over and over. I decided to use this as my opportunity to try out some new products, shades, and textures. I've always been a lip gloss kinda girl. A pink, neutral, lip gloss kinda girl. No longer! I wanted to be Gwen Stefani!
 Wearing H.I.P.

The first thing I learned is that not everybody looks good in the same shade of lipstick. If you've tried red in the past and thought it looked horrible, try again. When all was said and done I had a roster of two glosses, three lipsticks, and that hybrid.

About a week in, I was already over my little experiment. Red lipstick requires work! It's not hard to wear, so much as time consuming. At least more so then the skin colored lip gloss I was used to. A red lip makes you SO much more aware of everything that goes into you mouth - or comes out of it! At my job, I talk ALL DAY LONG. I was very aware of my lips and teeth. I don't know that this was a downside but it required an adjustment period. Also, I re-evaluated just what "wear red lipstick every day for a month" meant. I decided that as long as I wore it at some point during the day, it counted. If I drank or ate if off, I was not morally obligated to re-apply. Some days I did, some days I didn't. (Rebel!)

In addition to being more aware of my mouth, I also became more aware of my whole face. Since I tend to wear neutral lip colors, I add color to my face in other ways such as blush or eyeliner. There were a few days I felt like I was perilously close to being Clown Girl! Hard to say if this was true, or just my own paranoia, but I found a red lip is the easiest to pull off with a simple, clean make-up look.

A few tips and tricks:
*Don't feel like you can only apply and wear lipstick straight out of the tube. Blot it, wipe it, layer it! Do what makes you feel comfortable and what you think looks good.
*A red gloss sometimes is an easy way to try out the look. It goes on quickly and having a built-in applicator makes things much smoother. (However, I found that sometimes my two glosses and the hybrid would feather/bleed outside my lip line).
*If you still aren't sure, then do what I did...take advantage of a CVS sale to buy one, get one half off! That way you can pick up a few different shades and textures to find one that fits YOU.

Products I used (all drugstore brands so easy to find!):
*Maybelline ColorSensational in Red Revival - A deeper red, had a strong smell, and the formula felt more matted...liked but didn't love, wouldn't buy again.
*Rimmel London Moisture Renew in Berry Queen - More of a berry red...I liked wearing this one in a more smudged on capacity, but it kind of smelled like sunscreen. It wasn't my favorite but I didn't want to throw it out either - might buy again but in a different color.
*Revlon ColorBurst in True Red - Very much a true, BRIGHT red...if you follow me on Twitter (@rosehillmb) you've seen pictures of me obsessing over it. I LOVED this lipstick - the color, the formula, the feel, and it stayed put! It was the most expensive lipstick I bought but SO worth it. I could put it on and almost forget I was wearing it! I would highly recommend this line and plan on buying other colors!
*Revlon Super Lustrous lipgloss in Firecracker - Another Revlon winner, smells good, covers well, not too opaque so you can build up the intensity...this was a more orangey red, and reminded me of my favorite Zoya nail polish, Maura.
*Jemma Kidd at Target lipgloss in Dress 2 Impress - Liked it but didn't love it, it was a pretty color but didn't make an impression.
*L'Oreal H.I.P. - H.I.P. stands for High Intensity Pigment and it stands up to that name! This color felt like it needed the most upkeep but it only required one application to create a full color lip.
 Wearing Revlon True Red

In the article I read all those years ago, the woman mentioned how red lipstick was a bold departure for her style-wise. While I might be prone to pink lip gloss, I'm also partial to bright green eyeliner or purple eye shadow. The point being I'm not scared of big, bold beauty and style statements. For me, red lipstick was more about sticking to a goal and trying something new, then doing something that scared me.

If you aren't ready to take the red lunge, try something else. If you don't wear anything on your lips now, try graduating to my stand-by pink lipgloss, or a more neutral lipstick. All in all, this was a fun beauty look to try out. It certainly took the fear our of wearing lipstick, especially a bright, bold color like red.

What do you think? Would you ever try wearing a month of red like Megan? I don't know that I could start with red lipstick, but I think this has inspired me to truly conquer eyeliner. (I'm notoriously afraid of it). I can't wait to see what Megan talks about next month!


Kate Sparkles said...

Wow Megan you totally rocked it!
Ballet recitals aside, I think I've worn it successfully one time. I've tried before but it always feels a little clownish and even at 23 I still don't feel old enough to wear strong colours on my lips.. I like the idea of applying, blotting then covering with gloss.. but I'm definitely not ready to tackle a whole month of it!

Lucy The Valiant said...

Okay, you've inspired me! I've never been able to find the right red for my skin tone, but I have the feeling that I'll start looking again after reading this!

Sarah said...

I love that red on you! I just bought some Revlon lip butters, and one is pretty red. I'm going to give it a try this week and see how I like it. Red definitely makes me look more awake - and my teeth whiter :)

Amber said...

Great guest post! I have never worn red lipstick and rarely wear any lipstick really, I am super low-maintenance when it comes to make-up and a little bronzer and some mascara is basically my makeup routine every day! I sometimes throw on some lip gloss.

You look GREAT in red lipstick, I'm not sure it would suit me as well!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oh fun! This was such a fun post to read (hi megan, please come back to blogging!).

I am afraid of red lipstick - but I LOVE it on others, especially on Megan! It looks stunning and striking in my opinion. I just worry I won't be able to 'pull it off' but I am trying to wear lipstick more because the rest of my make up is pretty ho hum and boring! So bold lips might work for me. Especially with a stripey french shirt! ;)

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

I can't pull off a matte red, but a lipgloss red I can do! My favorite everyday gloss is Bare Essentials Brandy, which is pretty red! I love it!

Erin said...

I LOVEEEEE the red lipstick. This was on my last 101 in 1001 list.

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