Now that I have been wearing makeup for a while I am starting to get antsy to try new things with it. Normally I either wear just one or two colors on my eyes or a smokey eyes with a neutral glossy lip. I have been dying to try things the other way around with more emphasis on the lip and less on the eyes.
If you have never worn red before it is a challenge to shop for, at least for me, I felt like everything I put on made me look like a clown. One of the counter ladies recommended that I wear a color all day to see how i felt about it and I pass that on to you. By the end of the day I felt a lot more comfortable in it. Also I kept asking people if I looked ridiculous and nobody did.
Still finding THE perfect shade of red is still a hard thing to do and ultimately i decided to just bite the bullet and make a purchase. This way I can get used to wearing it and still be on the lookout for the perfect shade. I settled on this:
NARs Velvet lip pencil in Dragon Girl. You MUST line your lips to wear red or it will look silly and bleed all over your face. This product has the double blessing of operating as both liner and lipstick. My only quibble is that it is really dry so you need to use a primer or chapstick or something too. Nonetheless, I feel like i got a deal - two products in one!
Some additional red lips tips I have received are to either put some base or a neutral primer on your lips prior to applying the color OR to apply the color, blot, and then reapply. I have tried both and either will both prevent bleeding and also create a deeper more vibrant color.
I love the retro feel to this look and I've got a lot of compliments on it. It takes some balls to do it girls! This shade is still a little pinky to my liking so I'll keep looking. Your favorites in the comments are welcome!