28 Days of Classy and Fabulous Things: Day 4 – The Red Lip

04/02/2011 § 4 Comments

**QC’s 28 Days**
In February I will be bringing you daily tips
to cultivate more classiness and fabulousness in daily life!

Day 4: The Red Lip
The Red Lip has long been a defining element of glamour.  Memories of my grandmother (the lovely lady pictured on my About page) always include her wearing dramatic red lipstick.  I can’t recall if she ever wore another shade.  Her coffee cups and cocktail glasses were always spotted with her telltale vermilion marks — just like my cheeks after her kisses, of course.

Truly, The Red Lip makes a statement.  It demands attention.  It is nostalgic.  In this era of super shiny lip glosses applied on the fly, taking the time to perfect a red pout is the classy move.  For some, it might take an extra smidgen of confidence to apply The Red Lip for the first time — but just picture the fabulous ranks you will be joining!  Would Ms. Kelly look as amazing as she does in the picture above with a muted lip?  I daresay not!

The Red Lip is universally flattering, but it might take a few tries to find the best shade for your skin type.  One of my favorite reds is MAC’s Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo.

I usually wear Ruby Woo with MAC lipliner in Cherry, to get a finished edge — The Red Lip cannot look mussed!  While I love the matte finish of this lipstick, it does have a tendency to be a bit drying.  So be sure to apply a thin coat of lip balm or moisturizer beforehand.  The color is brilliant and is much more durable than a shinier finished lipstick would be, but you’re going to need to reapply at least once to get you through the day.

My other favorite red is NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella.  This pencil is a great product that I actually own in a few shades aside from bright red.  The finish is a bit creamier than the Ruby Woo and is much less drying.  It has remarkable staying power — I’ve actually been able to go a full day at work without having to reapply — and the fact that it is a pencil means you don’t need an additional product to get that finished edge that is essential to achieve The Red Lip.  The only disadvantage I’ve found, and it’s minimal, is the shade of red is not quite as brilliant as Ruby Woo.

Still a bit nervous about trying The Red Lip?  If so, I suggest starting with tinted lip glosses to build up your confidence.  A favorite red lip gloss of mine — that has just the perfect balance of sheerness and color — is NARS lip gloss in Bad Education, a sheer crimson red.  MAC also offers their Lipglass in Russian Red, which is a good shade, but I’m not a big fan of how super sticky Lipglass is.

Browse NARS here.  Browse MAC here.

Earlier: Quite Continental’s 28 Days of Classy and Fabulous Things

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§ 4 Responses to 28 Days of Classy and Fabulous Things: Day 4 – The Red Lip

  • Anya Schmitt says:

    I love the idea of red lipstick, though I have to admit that I have never gathered the courage to wear it. I will try your tip of going with a lipgloss first though I would love to work up to the brand that coins themselves as “The Vintage Experts”– Besame by Gabriella Hernandez. I would love to know what you think of her line of make-up! Thank you again for the tip. Cheers!

    • Wow, looks right up my alley – I will definitely be investigating Besame further! Thanks for the suggestion! And good luck with your Red Lip, I’m sure you’ll love it!

  • I love red lipsticks, but for the day, I prefer to wear light rose ones. That’s surely why some people think that I’m just a teenager ahahah.
    And I tried the Nars pen and I must admit that it is really great. I think that it will be my next beauty purchase !

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