Sitting on the Eurostar on my way to Paris, I noticed that all French women had one striking accessory in common: The statement red lip.
True to French, effortless style, Parisienne’s wear the rich lip slightly out of context: Not in the evening combined with a Little Black Dress, but during the day paired with a messy bun, skinny jeans, and simple T-shirt on their way to the Boulangerie.
I used to be afraid of the vibrant lip, thinking that it looks gaudy and that only fuller Angelina-Jolie-lips can carry it off. Quite the opposite is true: Smaller lips can appear fuller and the right colour can do wonders for your complexion.
Since Rebel introduced me to the red lip, I’ve never looked back. If you are hesitant, read my fool-proof, beginners guide on how to wear red lips:
Choose the right colour: If you are not sure what colour suits you, try out MAC’s iconic and much coveted matte lipstick Ruby Woo. It’s a blue-based red that looks great against cold, fair complexions as well as darker olive complexions.
Chose the right texture: If you are a red lip beginner, stick to matte or creamy-matte textures, very classic, very retro. They last longer and are often more heavily pigmented, whereas creamy lipsticks tend to smudge more easily.
Wear the lipstick in different ways: Here’s a great tutorial by Lisa Eldrige showing 5 different ways to wear a lipstick. If you are afraid of the strong colour, try wearing the lipstick as a gently-bitten stain.
Romantique is wearing MAC Ruby Woo. Rebel is wearing a mix of MAC Ruby Woo and MAC Viva Glam 1.
RED LIPSTICK HALL OF FAME (Tried and tested by Romantique and Rebel)
MAC Ruby Woo – a 100% matte, blue based red. Foolproof colour wich suits fair and olive complextions.
MAC Russian Red – cool red, slightly more creamier than Ruby Woo. Loved by Alexa Chung, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Madonna and many more!
MAC Lady Danger – It’s a perfect bright bold red hinting at orange.
MAC VIVA GLAM I – Rebel’s favourite, this is a slightly darker blue-based red with brown undertones. Perfect for autumn
Chanel Pirate – another classic, fire-engine red
NARS Annabella, NARS Carmen and Topshop Rio Rio – all of these red lipsticks have slight orange undertones. Great with a tan, ligthly orangey lipsticks are brigtheners for the face and perfect for summer.
Tom Ford Bruised Plum – A great versatile plummy-pink lipstick that you can wear lightly as a stain (which will give you that “I have just eaten berries” look) or for a full on autumn berry colour).
Revlon Fire and Ice – A bright red which pulls either warm or cold, depending on the undertones in your skin. Launched in 1952, this is an undying make-up hero
Quasi Parisienne Alexa Chung is wearing Russian Red lipstick by MAC for Glamour.
Rebel wearing Viva Glam 1 lipstick
Rebel wearing Lady Danger by MAC
Alexa Chung wearing the dark berry lipstick “Bruised Plum” By Tom Ford
French actress Marion Cotillard is another fan of Russian Red. In this picture, she is wearing an organey-red. Try the new NARS Audacious lipstick in Annabella.
Gorgeous Love, from “TheGirl named Love” blog, wearing Revlon’s Fire and Ice
Hopefully the photos will inspire those of you who haven’t dared to jump into the wonderful world of red lips yet. A red lip has become my favourite fashion accessory, vamping up every outfit. Tell us about your favourite lipstick colour and why you’ve chosen it. We’d love to hear from you!
Swatches of our favourite lipstick colours