I’ve always loved red lipstick but it’s not for the timid. My own signature style always includes red lips, partially because I have these terrible hooded eyes. Actually my wife introduced me to the color I love. We have the same skin coloring and what works for her, works for me. That red lipstick is also symbolic with the classic style, my favorite, is so much the better. I soon learned that beautiful, red lips are striking, sexy and, and the best accessory ever.
Fashion blogs often warn about red lips over 40 and I’m a lot over 40, so…. but finally, Popsugar tells the truth. Are you ready to accept these truths and are you woman enough to stand with those demanding attention.
So here is Popsugar’s reasons why you should never wear red lipstck.
You might get mistaken for a celebrity.
Who wants to deal with the paparazzi?
You won’t be able to wear any of your other makeup.
Red lipstick is so powerful that it negates the need for eye shadow, heavy concealer, and even blush. Your other makeup will get jealous.
There are too many shade options.
From lip gloss to lipstick, matte to creamy and everything in between, who can pick just one?
The color is too durable.
You won’t need to reapply for nearly the entire day.
You’ll become obsessed with a precise pout.
You’ll get so much practice lining and filling your lips, you’ll be able to do it in your sleep.
You’ll be ready for a night out at a moment’s notice.
Won’t you get tired of all that partying?
It’ll become your signature look.
You’ll be known as the “girl who wears red lipstick” to pretty much everyone.
Your smile will look too bright.
You’ll leave your mark on everything.
Coffee cups, tissues, strangers’ shirt collars . . . nothing is safe.
You’ll look like a badass.
So, are you willing to be daring?
Red lipstick never goes out of style and can be one of the most powerful weapons in any woman’s beauty arsenal. Yet, many of us assume we can’t wear it. To the many women who wrongly believe they can’t wear red lipstick, I say you can, indeed, find your perfect shade and you will own it.
The secret to choosing the right red lip color is in knowing your skin tone
Some more hints from FabOverFifty:
The paler the skin, the bigger the pop. So, go light on the eyes and the blush, otherwise you’ll risk looking like a clown. Skip the heavy eyeliner and opt for mascara only. Play up those lashes, ladies (black for brunettes, brown for blondes and redheads), and, make sure to apply the mascara to your bottom lashes to open up your eyes.
Try to match your lip liner shade exactly to your lipstick, or use a darker, more complimentary tone. A lip pencil creates a more defined edge and gives it, and the corners of your mouth, more depth.
Matching a red lip color to a red outfit isn’t a mistake, but it will make your “look” a bit predictable. If the dress is in the same color family as the lipstick, they’ll look good together, even if not an exact match. When wearing a red outfit, I sometimes wear a soft coral lip gloss called Peony, from Glo Minerals. It’s sexy and does not fight the red in the clothes.
When wearing red lipstick, avoid:
• Deep reds if you have thin lips since they tend to make lips look smaller.
• Overplaying your eyes. For the look of Old Hollywood Glamour, pair red lipstick with the lightest possible eye makeup. A little mascara and soft beige tone shadow work beautifully.
• Applying it casually. It may take a bit of practice to use precision, but it’s worth the time.
• Leaving red lipstick on your teeth. After application, be sure to blot lips.
When wearing red lipstick or gloss, the lips are the eye catcher, so keeping the rest simple creates a classic, elegant, versatile and an oh-so-sexy pout. After applying your foundation base, apply a very light dusting of bronzer and follow with a soft application of blush to the apple of the cheeks. This creates an iridescent glow to the face.
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