Addicted To Red!

It’s probably pretty obvious by now that I LOVE rocking a red lip! I remember the days when I was scared to wear red lipstick because it was so bold and daring, but now you can’t get me out of it! The other day one of my Twitter friends said something that is so very true, “If you have on red lipstick, then you’re dressed!”…how true is that?! Red lipstick is definitely the icing on the cake.

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!

Eileen of Miss Whoever You Are wearing Revlon’s ‘Really Red’
When I wear red lipstick, I feel unstoppable!”- Eileen
Aaminah wearing Beauty Scene of NY #06 Stacey Red, and  Sephora lip gloss, ‘Bronzed Beauty’, on top. “When I wear red lipstick, you can’t tell me ANYTHING!!”- Aaminah
Lisa wearing ‘Cherry lush’ by Tom Ford.
“When I wear red lipstick, it reminds me of an era where women were women. It makes me feel powerful, invincible. I AM woman.”- Lisa
Alexis wearing MAC Russian Red.

“When I wear red lipstick, I feel stunning, seductive & sexy! It’s like I’m wearing confidence on my lips!” – Alexis

Tineey wearing Youngblood Cosmetics in Vixen.
“When I wear red lipstick, I can take over the world! *cue pinky & the brain music :)” – Tineey
 Armand in MAC ‘Ruby Woo’.
“When I wear red lipstick, I feel powerful. I immediately grab your full attention without your permission :)”- Armand
Nichole wearing Inglot, shade #409

“When I wear red lipstick I feel unstoppable and all eyes are on me. I love it.”- Nichole
Asi wearing ‘IMAN Red’ from Iman Cosmetics
“When I wear red lipstick I feel powerful and sexy like a pinup doll! “- Asi
R’Chelle wearing MAC Russian Red.
“When I wear red lipstick, I feel like a woman.”- R’chelle
Brandee-Nicole wearing Victoria Secret Perfect Lipstick in Stiletto.

“When I wear red lipstick it gives people yet another reason to stop and stare!”- Brandee- Nicole

Dollie wearing Maybelline Color Sensational #645.
“When I wear red lipstick I feel unstoppable; I feel fierce!”- Dollie
Patrice wearing Revlon #5014.
“When I wear red lipstick, I feel bold and sassy!!!”- Patrice
Kimberly wearing NARS ‘Jungle Red’.
“When I wear red lipstick, I feel that I command your attention, not demand it. I feel beautiful!”- Kimberly
Stephanie wearing a shade from Wet N Wild.
“When I wear Red Lipstick….I am invincible!”- Stephanie
Tori wearing  Revlon’s Certainly Red # 740
‎”When I wear red lipstick, I hope to radiate a sense of elegance.”- Tori
Natalie wearing MAC ‘Ruby Woo’.

“When I wear red lipstick I feel glamorous, in Red!”- Natalie

April Antoinette wearing Turbulence lipcolor by Loreal HIP.
“When I wear red lipstick, I feel powerful!…Like I bring a little heat and flare to whereever I am!”- April Antoinette  
Merli wearing MAC ‘Amplified Heartless’.
“When I wear red lipstick, I feel like I’m every woman!”- Merli
Cammay wearing MAC ‘Ruby Woo’.

“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

Danielle of the Style And Beauty Doctor wearing ‘Plum Passion’ by fashion Fair.

“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!

“When I wear red lipstick, I feel a little coy; lots of confidence with a splash of sassy.”
Felicia of This That Beauty, who I like to call the red lip extraordinaire! Here, she is wearing Stila Cosmetics ‘Fiery’!
“When I wear red lipstick, Twitter goes crazy!” – Felicia

Brow architect Jennifer James looking ultra FAB wearing ‘Front Row Red’ by Black Opal, love it!!

 “When I wear red lipstick, I feel powerful – yet ultra feminine.”-Jennifer 

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!

The FAB Tracee Ellis Ross, who just tweeted me saying “Luv me some RUBY WOO!” when I told her I was including her in this post! Speaks for itself! haha
Our go-to relationship expert, Dr. Michelle working a BOLD red lip at her ‘Ms.Typed’ book launch!
Teyana Taylor, statuesque beauty. I’m going to take a wild guess and say she’s wearing MAC Ruby Woo?! haha…

Kerry Washington, who was painted into this divine red lip by the legendary Mr. Sam Fine! Gorgeous.

So, what are YOUR thoughts on red lipstick? What are your FIRST thoughts when you see someone wearing it? How does it make YOU feel when you wear it? I’d love to hear your feedback!
Thanks for reading,
Sharontina B.


  1. Jennifer James Beauty November 18, 2011 / 8:25 PM

    LOVE ♥ LOVE ♥ LOVE ♥ this! What a fresh take on such a timeless classic! How beautiful to see such a diverse group of women express their FIERY FIERCENESS! Thank you for including me, what an honor!

  2. RevealingBeaute November 18, 2011 / 8:54 PM

    Great post Sharontina! I love seeing my sisters of every shade wear red. What I love most is that there's a shade of red for every woman! "When I wear Red, I feel, like me"! -Frances

  3. tineey November 18, 2011 / 9:00 PM

    Amazing post! I LOVE this entire thing sooo much. Thanks for included me <3

  4. MAKEUP BY SHERRY BLOSSOM November 18, 2011 / 9:50 PM

    Love this!!! So awesome to see the fearlessness of these women to wear red lipstick: beautifully and boldly!When I wear red lipstick I am unafraid, showing my confidence through color and feeling beautiful all at the same time!

  5. HeidiStylHix November 19, 2011 / 8:19 AM

    I absolutely LOVE this post! A red lip definitely shows confidence and speaks for itself.

  6. Pumps and Gloss November 20, 2011 / 2:45 AM

    Felicia and Santara got me excited about wearing red lipstick. Great post

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