Five Shades Of Red

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Written and Illustrated by Charley B / *ArtistNotIncluded
You've thought about it. We all have...

You've thought about it in Department stores. You've thought about it at home.

However, there comes a point when you have to stop thinking about it, and just try it. Anyone can wear red lipstick with a little know how, and it really is as simple as this:

  • Orange based reds: are best suited to yellow skin tones.
  • Blue / pink based reds: are best suited to cool skin tones.
  • Dark berry based reds: are best suited to darker skin tones.

However, there are, once in while, those Red lipsticks that emerge like Heroines from a sea of near-miss shades. Lipsticks so epic, beauty consultants would be met with a plethora of stiletto related injuries if they were to ever utter that dreaded word, "DISCONTINUED".*
Here are 5 of what I believe are strong contenders for the best shades of red lipstick out there:
Illustrated by Charley B / *ArtistNotIncluded
'Lady Danger' by MAC:
The comic book character 'Lady Danger' otherwise known as Valerie Vaughn was a pampered rich girl turned journalist, who sought out danger wherever she could. Turns out she wasn't so popular and fizzled out in comic book land, but 'by golly' did she kick some arse in the make-up world!
This gutsy matte finish coral red, looks particularly at home on olive skin tones, but it really does work on anyone who has the confidence to wear it.
'Lady Danger' by MAC, £15.50 :
Illustrated by Charley B / *ArtistNotIncluded
'Brat Pack' by Lipstick Queen:
One word, Luxury, with a capital 'Luh'. Inspired by the glamorous years of Hollywood, the Velvet Rope range by Poppy King will leave you air kissing your bare lip day's 'buh-bye'. 'Brat Pack' is a classic red that deserves bubbles, and I'm not talking bath bubbles 'sweety'.
'Brat Pack' by Lipstick Queen, £35 :
Illustrated by Charley B / *ArtistNotIncluded
'Fatal Red' by Maybelline:
This creamy, 'one size fits all' shade is ideal for first timer's, as it's colour and texture would fulfil anyone's expectations of a Red Lipstick. It doesn't pack a punch like Revlon's 'Fire and Ice' or have the quirky allure of MAC's 'Lady Danger', but Maybelline's 'Fatal Red' does what it says on the tin. It's a true Red.
'Fatal Red' by Maybelline, £6.99 :
Illustrated by Charley B / *ArtistNotIncluded

'Fire and Ice' by Revlon :
This shade could be mistaken for one reserved only for the brave at first glance. However, there is a reason 'Fire and Ice' has been around since 1952. This near neon red is an unexpected 'Chameleon' shade, that looks different on everyone who wears it.  On some people it looks pink, on others a spicy tomato red. Either way this classic should be a secret weapon in every woman's make-up bag.
'Fire and Ice' by Revlon, £7.49 :
Illustrated by Charley B / *ArtistNotIncluded
'Red Lizard' by NARS:
A modern take on a classic that will leave you reaching for your curling tongs and throwing on 'La vie en rose'. A sumptuous full bodied red, 'Red Lizard' is perfect for darker skin tones but also looks deadly divine on fairer skin tones as well. Dramatic, bold, colours like this need no introduction, keep the rest of your make-up simple and let your lips do the talking. 
'Red Lizard' by NARS, £20.00 :

*Please note that no matter how amazing any cosmetic product is, I do not under any circumstance recommend stiletto related violence due to discontinuation. Put the Louboutin down!

Stay tuned for the next edition of '5 Shades of Red' entitled '5 Ways To Wear Red' where I show you how to wear 1 lipstick 5 different ways.

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