January 12, 2012

on the great lipstick experiment...

the great lipstick experiment.

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:

items used.

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.)

before & after

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.

the great lipstick experiment.

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.

36 comments:

  1. It looks beautiful on you! I think I have the same thought for red lipstick on myself. I'll have to try it again soon.

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  2. De-lurking! (nervouuuss)

    How... how did you DO that? Every time I try on red lipstick I look like Raggedy Ann! I blame my smaller-than-average mouth. But seriously, that is the perfect shade for you and I'm in total awe!

    (Whew! That wasn't so bad!)

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    1. Aw, you're a gem, Melissa! Thank you so much for de-lurking. I love seeing new faces around here. ;) And I say you should still go for the red lips—I almost think it's easier for girls with small lips/mouths to wear such a dynamic color. Try it! Even if you just wear it at home for the day while wearing yoga pants. I don't judge.

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  3. LOL to the last line. Also:

    "(It's a Caboodles organizer. Covered in stickers. 90s style. Don't hate.)"

    Don't worry, I don't hate. I LOVE! (I too have a Caboodles organizer. Fave!)

    Love the look, and you're right, it seems like a great way to "glam up" a bit without taking too much time or going overboard. :)

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  4. Kerri! You look like a little movie star. From the golden days, not the Lindsay Lohan days. Love the red :)

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    1. Oh, my gosh. You made my day. <3

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  5. That color looks so pretty on you and how great that you had it stashed away?!

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  6. It looks beautiful!!! The folks at the McDonald's drive in must have been swooning!

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  7. High five Keri! I love wearing red lipstick but it was definitely a process. First I wore it around the house by myself, then with my husband, then around friends. One day, I decided to be brave and wore it outside and couldn't deny how fabulous I felt! The biggest risk I took was wearing it to church which was, of course, a terrible idea. The greeters at the door were like, "Whoa! Saw you comin' a mile away with THOSE lips!". It was quite funny.

    Also, thanks for pointing out the amount of 'work' that goes into wearing red lipstick. Seriously, it gets everywhere and I laughed when you wrote you ate a couple of ounces by the end of the day. SO TRUE. I see so many bloggers who just rock the red lips and I always wonder if I'm the only goofball who can't keep it in place all day.

    Anyway, I loved this post! You look gorgeous!

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    1. Oh, my gosh! Your church story totally made me giggle. In a way, doing something slightly drastic like wearing red lipstick is almost easier around strangers. Because they don't know how you look every other day, you know? I'm pretty sure if I wore the red lips around people who know me well, they'd be like, "WHAT IS THIS." But you never know. ;)

      And thanks for the sweet compliment, m'dear!

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  8. You look lovely! Red lipstick seems like too much work for me, honestly, what with the carefully applying & reapplying & trying not to get it everywhere & checking throughout the day to be sure I don't suddenly look like a washed out hooker. I can't bring myself to do it, so I like when other people rock it & I can live vicariously through them.

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    1. Washed out hooker? Impossible, lady. ;) But I totally know what you mean…it's a lot of maintenance, so I give mad props to the ladies who have red lips on a regular basis. I don't know if I have it in me!

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  9. Okay, you've inspired me to bust out the expensive red lipstick i bought in hopes that I might wear it one day and actually wear it one of these days. A good tip that I read is, when you're going to wear red lipstick, but it on before you do your eyes or cheeks, so you can see when your make-up is getting to be a little bit much. :) Have fun!

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  10. That SERIOUSLY looks SO good on you!! And that's a good reminder that it doesn't take much to brighten your whole look. And while it probably looks weird and so bold to the wearer - to a passerby it really doesn't look so crazy. Just gorgeous! Keep rocking it!

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  11. That colour is so pretty! I don't wear as much makeup as some girls in my class, but I do wear a bit, mainly for confidence. I feel like just a coat of lipstick could do the job of foundation, blush and eyeliner!
    Also, Moorea Seal started a project about getting us all to wear red lipstick (http://www.moorea-seal.com/2012/01/red-lipstick-challenge-participate.html)

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    1. Ooooh, thank you for giving me the link to Moorea Seal's project! That is so fantastic. :)

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  12. yay! so glad my post inspired you to try it out. it really does make you feel more glamorous, i agree. also, definitely making an event of the red lipstick party. cannot wait.

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  13. love how the red just pops and makes your look so glamorous! :) i'm sure the mcdonald's employee greatly appreciated your swinging by.

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  14. I am soooooooooooo one of those people that really really wants to rock the red and just can't. But you're inspiring me... perhaps I CAN pull it off?? I might have to give it a try!

    I think you look gorgeous!!

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    1. Do it! Do it! You never know until you try. :)

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  15. You look like a million bucks...enough said! XO

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  16. I think you are one of those girls that could pull of anything. If I tried red lipstick I would look like I complete freak!

    You look beautiful!

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  17. I love that you still have a caboodle! Hehehe

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  18. Cute! I love it. It was hard for me to get into at first too, but now I almost always wear it. You rock it!

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  19. Um, sweety, you look like a freakin' bombshell! So gorgeous!!! You should link up with Moorea-Seal's red lipstick challenge!!!

    Your outfit is perfect, as well. ♥

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  20. You look fantastic! Very glam!!

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  21. You're a doll. I don't have the balls to try it. I'm still working up the courage for black polish.

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    1. Ooooh, black polish is fantastic on short nails. Maybe try out dark, dark red or dark, dark purple first? I say go for it!

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  22. It looks really good on you!

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  23. you have such a 1940's vibe about you with that lipstick! absolutely gorgeous. I'm working on my own red lipstick moment this year too.

    I totally had a silver caboodle (that I purchased from claire's in the seventh grade) and used up until age 23 when it fell apart.

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  24. You look so pretty with the lipstick on! I don't wear any make-up at all, but I do like that idea of putting one thing on, such as lipstick, that can really brighten your look!

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  25. Haha, I love the last line! I totally wasn't expecting that. You ROCK the red lips.

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  26. I think I have the answer to all your problems in two words!
    Lip. Stain. (!)

    -You can layer it to make your red pack a punch, or leave it subtle. Especially if you're unsure how you'll look in red.

    -It does *not* kiss off onto babies, napkins, or teeth!

    -You can put whatever gloss you like over-top, or just put on chapstick for the rest of the day-- soo low maintenance.

    -Tons of applicator types from liquid brushed on to marker-like exactness!

    You won't be sorry, Benefit's Benetint/gloss on the go is great for natural rosiness but more red with layering. And there are a tonne of drug store ones :)

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  27. Love the color! Looks great with your skin tone! :)

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  28. It looks gorgeous on you. I too have only recently gotten up the courage to sport the red lips in public and I'm totally digging it. It's awesome realizing you can pull something off that you never thought you could, huh?

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