This morning as I left the gym at 8 AM (this happens very infrequently, trust me), everyone was staring at me as I walked out. Assuming their stares were because my hair looked awesome (p.s. it didn’t) I just brushed it off until I realized when I got to my car that my bright red lip gloss that I had just shellacked over my lips was definitely what was scaring people off (reminding me once again that Northern Virginia is NOT my paradise). I was on my way to work and I was feeling a little fun, so I chose a red lip instead of something more trivial and simple. What’s so wrong with a bright red lip at 8 AM? Nothing, I tell you! People just aren’t willing to take a risk these days.
Anyways, it got me thinking about how much I love a good, strong red lip at any time of the day, and how I don’t fully believe that women understand how powerful this look can be! A red lip tells such a story to your viewers! It says you’re confident, risky and powerful. All of these early AM thoughts led me to feel so compelled to share with you all of my favorite red lip products, in the hopes that you too will start a Wednesday morning off with a red, glossy lip that says “Hello, world, I’m obviously here to kick your ass.”
I got this color idea from an InStyle issue I read when I was first wading the waters with doing a red lip. They suggested this color for people with fairer skin, and I love it! I will say, if you don’t apply it correctly- with a primer, liner and lip brush- you’re bound to have a slight mess on your hands. But the color lasts and it has a great shine.
If you’re looking for a great everyday, easy to apply red, then this is the perfect color for you. I have yet to find a woman that doesn’t love this color. It has a great texture too, it keeps your lips very moisturized.
If you remember, earlier this year I talked about loving matte lipstick, so it was only natural to want a brilliant shade of matte red as well. My friend Christina at MAC helped me find everything I could ever want and more in this Ruby Woo color paired with ‘Redd’ lip liner. Matte red is totally the way to go, by the way. The color stays on for hours without even a smudge.
Do me a favor and do a bright, red lip for work tomorrow. Take a picture and send it to me! I promise you’ll feel insanely beautiful the whole day!