Why Red Lipstick Scares Me (And Which Other Shades are Hot for Fall)
Posted 09/03/10 at 10:36AM by Total Beauty
Even the idea of wearing bright red lipstick instills a serious fear in me. I just don't have the moxie to pull it off, I guess. In my mind, it just screams, "look at ME and my mouth" and begs for a gross "lipstick-on-the-teeth" moment that makes the people around you cringe.
Having said that, many people pull off red, pink and even this fall's crazy-popular purple (like YSL Rouge Volupte Perle in Mesmerizing Purple,$34) with aplomb. I think it's all in the attitude. Think Angelina Jolie or Scarlett Johansson -- those two have the cojones to pull off anything.
My mom is a big lipstick person and has forever been trying to cajole me into putting "some color" on my lips. She even went so far as to teach me that putting a bit of concealer around the edges of the lip will keep darker shades from bleeding (such an attractive look), but, still, I shy away from it.
Back in the 80s and 90s, I was a big fan of the pale, frosted lip look. Think Heather Locklear circa "T.J. Hooker" and that was me. Big blonde hair, big frosty mouth. Big fat groan when I look at pictures from those days.
And, while I've moved beyond the frost, I still like a more natural mouth with some shine to it, so this fall I'm sticking with tried and true shiny nudes. However, as a nod to my mom, I'm going to start incorporating some touches of pink and/or peach to my lips in the hopes that they'll bring some color to my face. (All of this staying out of the sun and wearing sunscreen has really made me pale.)
Happily, these pinky nudes are in style and there's no shortage to choose from. I really like Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok, $25 and Tarina Tarantino Conditioning Lip Sheen in Cameo, $22. And, when it comes to a super shine gloss, CoverGirl ShineBlast Lip Gloss in Ignite, $8.49.
Are you a color chicken like I am? Tell us which shades you gravitate to.
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