For the longest, those were my sentiments regarding finding the perfect shade of red lipstick. Back in college is when it began. Basically, it was trial and error. Playing around with lip colors, experimenting with an assortment of shades… pretty much, just trying to find ones that worked with my complexion. Some successes and even more fails – but eventually, I recognized my pattern and made a very fashionable discovery…
I LOVE RED LIPSTICK!
What a sexy color, eh?!
Starts off as seduction in a tube… then, with the right application on your lips, it turns into pure fire! Come on now fellas – you know that you are intrigued by this look. Ladies – when it’s done right, red lips are guaranteed to turn heads! Don’t even get me started… red lips exude glamour, incite mystery, scream sophistication and yes… sometimes whisper risqué. They evoke an attitude – no – they ARE an attitude. An attitude that any woman can easily possess… it all rests in finding your perfect shade!
Ah’ight now ladies – what took me years and years to learn, I am giving to you in one sentence; the trick to finding your shade of red is simply determined by your skin tone. To be exact, your skin tone temperature which is determined by your undertones. Are you a cool? Or… are you a warm? Google it — the tests and quizzes that can be found are endless. But the long and short of it is this: red lipsticks are divined into two categories – cool shades that are blue-based and warm shades that are orange-based. Generally, the rule is that blue-based reds flatter specific skin tones as do warm-based reds. Soooo… if you have a basic understanding your skin tone then you will be able to identify the red color category that suits you best.
Me? All of that experimentation helped me discover that I lean towards blue-based reds. Haha – and my preferred brand for that “knock ’em dead” red… MAC. My red collection? 6 MAC tubes that I keep in rotation. And out of them, there is one that takes the lead… it is my weakness — Ruby Woo (http://www.maccosmetics.com/products/spp/shaded.tmpl?CATEGORY_ID=CAT168&PRODUCT_ID=PROD310&SKU_ID=SKU1136). This is truly a universal color. Whether cool or warm… I can’t say that I have met a person that the color didn’t compliment. A vintage color, great matte finish and long wearing. Can you tell? Ruby Woo has wooed me!
MAC should be proud for I definitely promote brand loyalty. But recently…
I did stray and try something new. Haha – I think lured is more appropriate. For months now, I have been tabbing pages in my fashion magazines – dog earring sensational ads for red lipstick that seemed to be calling me to come hither. Always the same ad for the same brand. Since I am already a brand ambassador for the fragrances, I guess it was just a matter of time before I delved into other products. And so it is… this girl’s added a 7th tube. How fitting that it is the 7th addition… my favorite and lucky number!
My new shade? CHANEL’s Lune Rousse (Red Moon)… and for the record, it has me captivated. Compared to my beloved Ruby Woo, this is a much deeper red. Equally as flattering, this blue-based red is a modern day version of what on-screen stars wore in those classic black and white movies. Without a doubt, I could easily see Bette Davis, Ava Gardner or Joan Crawford applying this sultry color to their lips! I’m sold and easily offer my recommendation… apparently I am not alone.
Lune Rousse is currently sold out on CHANEL’s website. For my search, I went to two major department stores, both sold out. Thank goodness for UPS… my tube – compliments of a Oregon Nordstrom. Who knew lip color could be that popular…
Interested in my new find? Looks like you are going back to Google (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?client=safari&rls=en&q=lune+rousse+lipstick&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=6035504906788449720&sa=X&ei=lXgjT6PcEufz0gGu6IDfCA&ved=0CFIQ8wIwBg#ps-sellers). Haha- such a long link for such a little tube, eh?
There is something hypnotic about lips painted red… especially when the lip color is your perfect shade. I’ve found mine — what’s yours?
Initially, the search for the right red might appear arduous, but with patience and persistence…
it’s worth it.