My Red Lipstick Road Test, Gwen Stefani-Style

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Posted 10/05/10 at 05:48PM by Total Beauty

When asked why she prefers red lipstick, rocker mom Gwen Stefani recently said, "My husband really loves the red, so I keep the red because I want to keep the husband."

In my 20s, I wore a lot of red lipstick -- but I've shied away from it in my 30s. It just seems too ... bold, especially for everyday. And I would hate to look like a reject from the '80s "Addicted to Love" video. But Gwen's quote has made me reconsider. After 12 years of marriage, I certainly have to work at keeping things fresh. Maybe red lipstick would help me do just that? This was my thinking last week, anyway.

Which is why I went straight to the mall and bought a tube of Gwen's reported red lipstick of choice: MAC lipstick in Russian Red. Game on!

I applied the lipstick for the first time yesterday morning before work. I usually wear only blush, lipstick and mascara to the office, but my face looked naked next to those bright red lips. My solution? I stepped it up a bit by adding foundation and eyeliner, a la Gwen (recreate Gwen Stefani's signature makeup look by watching this video). I instantly felt more glam.

My 9-year-old son immediately noticed my transformation. He said, "Mommy, are you going to a party?" Well, if you consider sitting in a cubicle for eight hours a party, I guess the answer is ... yes.

My husband gave me a look and said, "Oh, you look nice this morning." He usually doesn't comment on my work attire, so maybe the lipstick was working? I'd love to have the heat Gwen and Gavin seem to have -- and if it comes by way of a tube of red lipstick, all the better.

When I got to work, the comments kept on coming. The highlight: our I.T. guy called me "Marilyn Monroe." It's amazing how a swipe of red lipstick can make you look and feel dressed up -- in an instant.

After work, I reapplied my fire-engine red confidence-booster and headed home. This time, I put a coat of powder over it -- apparently it's one of Gwen's secrets to sporting perfectly red lips, and it did help the color last longer.

So, what was my husband's final reaction, you ask? Well, he was way flirtier with me during dinner, and I felt sexier too. Looks like I might be wearing red lipstick more often. Gwen is definitely on to something.

By Julie Taylor
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1-6 of 6 Comments

  • Posted by GigiSD on 04/13/13 at 02:28pm

    Enjoyable read, but I have trouble with deep red lipsticks. I need to find the perfect undertone so that I don't overwhelm my very fair skin.

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  • Posted by EricaF123 on 04/13/13 at 01:56pm

    Look nice on her

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/20/11 at 12:45am

    I have a hard time pulling off red lipstick! My lips are nice and full... but when I put red lipstick on, it's really dramatic... and not really in a good way. Maybe next time I have date night with my boyfriend, I'll give it a try! (I'll have to remember to keep my eye makeup simple though).

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  • Posted by Bon_Bon on 02/21/11 at 01:34pm

    I love Gwen Stefani, she's so different yet elegant at the same time!!

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  • Posted by kenya on 11/28/10 at 12:49pm

    i dont understand how women like gwen stefani and christina aguilera always wear red lipstick. thats the only color they wear! even in public. it seems too much. like, this only works for pale women.

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  • Posted by pynkNymphette on 11/23/10 at 05:29pm

    I LOVE my red lip sticks! I have so many in all different shades. I just recently received a crimson, blood red color in a give away that I totally adore and get compliments on all the time. Glad someone else has hopped on the bold lip train :]

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