I've always envied girls who could wear red lipstick without being completely awkward. I always told myself, "I wish I could wear red lipstick, but it looks terrible on me." And, "It doesn't work with my skin tone. I would look like a vampire or a lady of the night—maybe a bit of both." And, "I'm too cheap to try out a bunch of lipsticks in order to find the right shade."
However, I'm here to say: THOSE ARE LIES. (Well, except for the cheap part. Obviously.) In any case, I'm now having a love affair with ruby red lipstick.
Inspired by my friend Katelin's goal of finding more reasons to wear red lipstick, as well as generally wanting to be as much of a bombshell as the lovely Ashley, I randomly decided to give red lipstick a whirl. Which meant, of course, digging through the closet to find my grungy, old, theatre make-up container. (It's a Caboodles organizer. Covered in stickers. 90s style. Don't hate.)
It is actually where I've stashed all the make-up I'm too much of a hoarder to throw away, so it holds about a decade of lip glosses, eye-shadows, mini body lotion bottles, and theatre base. But I did come across these beauties, which seemed to be exactly what I was searching for:
Lipstick: Clinique "Berry Cream" (I couldn't find it online—the only one by that name on their website isn't as red, so I'm guessing they don't make this one anymore.)
Lipgloss: Tarte "Danny+Sandy" (Again, I had a hard time finding this, because apparently I only have old-timey make-up. But I did find one on Ebay. Oh, and I used the red side of the lipgloss, not the pink one.)
The lipstick itself is quite dry, so I'm glad I had the red gloss to go on top. It evened out the color beautifully, and made me feel a little bit like someone in a Maybelline commercial. I kept making kissing faces at myself in the mirror. Eisley was like, "What the heck, ma. Take it down a notch."
I don't wear much make-up, so seeing myself with bright red lips kind of freaked me out initially. I don't even wear eyeliner anymore, since I've now had to perfect the art of applying all my make-up in five minutes. But I think that's the beauty of red lipstick! I had on jeans and a button-up, my hair in a messy bun, and no more than one coat of mascara, which made the red lips dress up my look the perfect amount. I think it would have been too much for the day, had I curled my hair and put on a dress. Actually, I ended up putting on another coat of mascara later in the day and instantly regretted it, because I started having theatre flashbacks. TOO MUCH MAKEUP AHHHH.
Honestly, though? I'm kind of excited to rock the red lipstick on a regular basis. It makes baby smooching difficult (poor Eisley was covered in kiss marks by the end of the day, which was pretty creepy), and is kind of annoying to maintain (I think I ate at least a couple oz. by the end of the day), but it made me feel a little bit glamorous.
I was even brave enough to leave the house with this look, except that the wee one decided to have an exploding diaper situation five minutes into our drive. However, I was DETERMINED to show my look to someone, so I made it happen. You're welcome, McDonalds employee at the drive-thru window. You're welcome.