As I often hear Sam Fine quote, “makeup is an emotional purchase”, so isn’t that emotion heightened when we actually put it on? Our makeup speaks before we even say a word; along with the rest of what makes up our outward appearance. Lipstick has been a part of our “makeup” as women for ages, dating back to when Egyptians used henna to paint their lips. In those times, it was also said that wearing makeup (specifically lipstick) was evil and that it was worn by women who were trying to seduce men. The British parliament even passed a law condemning lipstick that read, “women found guilty of seducing men into matrimony by a cosmetic means could be tried for witchcraft.” We’ve definitely come a long way since then, and I think it’s safe to say that lipstick has new meaning. As a child, I was taught that red was a color only adults could wear and that if I wore it, it “said ” things about me. I wasn’t allowed to wear red nail polish specifically, and at that time I just went along with the rules and didn’t think much of it. As I got older and experimented with makeup and such, it’s so ironic that RED became my favorite lip color to wear.
When I wear a bold red lip, I feel powerful, sexy, mysterious, fun, unpredictable, and confident! The negative stigma that RED once had from what I was taught had no meaning to me; it was as if I was wearing all the red I could from those years lost..HA! It is indeed the perfect accessory and I don’t see myself ever parting from it. Now don’t get me wrong, I’ll wear a subtle nude or a flirty pink when it calls for it, but red ultimately says I’m at my best! Similarly, many of my friends and “twiends” (Twitter friends) are also partial to red, and so I decided to do an #AddictedToRed photo series! There are so many brands, shades, tricks and techniques we use to get our perfect red, so why not share them with each other?! Due to my feelings about red lipstick and how it makes me feel when I wear it, I also wanted those featured to weigh in… see what they say. Let’s paint the town red!
“When I wear red lipstick, I feel stunning, seductive & sexy! It’s like I’m wearing confidence on my lips!” – Alexis
“When I wear red lipstick I feel powerful and sexy like a pinup doll! “- Asi
“When I wear red lipstick it gives people yet another reason to stop and stare!”- Brandee- Nicole
“When I wear red lipstick I feel glamorous,
#BlackGirlsRock in Red!”- Natalie
“When I wear red lipstick, I feel chic and bold. I love how red compliments my brown skin. I feel like my inner Grace Jones shines through my red lip! Can you say, WORK?!”- Cammay
“When I wear red lipstick….well, that’s really tough to answer because I wear it everyday!”
Now, for some of the FAB red lip wearin’ VETERANS! They show us how it’s supposed to be done!
The Gorgeous SanTara of The Gorgeous Ingredient wearing MUFE mat8; she worrkkksssss a red lip like nobody’s business!
Brow architect Jennifer James looking ultra FAB wearing ‘Front Row Red’ by Black Opal, love it!!
Blinging Beauty Tracey brown wearing Tarte LipSurgence natural lip tint in Lust.
“When I wear red lipstick, I feel…normal.”
..And of course we have our honorary celeb guests who rock a red like it’s no tomorrow…
My stylecon, June Ambrose, who rocks a red like…everyday lol. I’ve asked her on plenty of times what her red of choice is, and she notes MAC Ruby Woo as well!
Kerry Washington, who was painted into this divine red lip by the legendary Mr. Sam Fine! Gorgeous.