I love the 1940’s, where the style for women was a red lip, classic twirl hairdo, Mary Jane’s, skirts, and tidy jackets. Red lipstick, though, is more a challenge to pull off as you get older because it can easily make you look like a garish tramp. Not the look most of us are going for. How can you wear a festive, bright, and happy red lip and look current, stylish, and, well, gorgeous? In this article, I will go over the focal points to keep in mind as you do this, and in the video, I walk you through step-by-step instructions that anyone can emulate. Let’s do this!
It’s All About Balance, Baby
Have you ever applied red lipstick, like at a makeup counter in a store, and then quickly removed it because you looked like a tramp? Then you developed the opinion that, red just doesn’t look good on me . . .This is one of the many ways we become stuck in one viewpoint with what works and what doesn’t work on us, and then we get bored. Red lip gloss, like the Berry Red by Jane Iredale in the video, is very wearable on many skin tones, even if it does take a little courage to try it. Or you can go for more of a cherry red if you prefer, as opposed to blue red. Many of you are more comfortable and look better in rose tones which work well in this style of makeup application as well.
The main issue I find with older women wearing stronger and brighter colors is the idea of balance. In order to pull off more powerful looks, you almost always have to strengthen your eyebrows. This could mean adding thickness, definition (like getting your eyebrows professionally done), or even an eyebrow gel for greater shape. It’s like magic; you change your brows, and suddenly a whole new world of lipstick shades opens up to you! (Dramatic music now plays and you toss all your neutral, boring, brown lipsticks in the garbage with glee.)
How to Warm it Up
Depending on your skin color, the reason red can look garish is because you need to warm up your skin with some bronzer. Some of you go crazy with your bronzer and have too great a contrast from your normal skin tone, so again we are back to this idea of balance. A few points to keep in mind when buying bronzer: use a shade that is one to two shades darker than your skin, avoid any with shiny bits of glitter as it can set in fine lines, and apply it like I do in the video, going slowly so that you use just the right amount.
If you have a thin face, my advice is to avoid contour and stick with a little bronzer applied on your cheekbones, forehead, and maybe under your jaw. That way you warm up your skin and add definition without heading toward the dead Halloween tramp look. You also will need to use at least some peachy blush to have that lovely, glowing, healthy look tramps somehow miss.
Glitter, Glamour, and All That Jazz
OOOOOHHHHHH how I adore a little glitter! I’ll be ninety-five years old and have on red lipstick, gold glitter on my eyes, and maybe a spikey purple hair-do, but that’s for another day. To end the boredom of old eyeshadow, toss on some glitter. In this instance, we are dealing in gold, but if you go for a cherry red lipstick instead, you can dip into the silver glitter for a few giggles. Just pop the shiny bits right in the center of your eye, and blend together for a soft but playful look. You can also add some glitter to your collarbone, lip gloss, and even your nail polish! Ah, heck, just roll in it, it’s the holidays after all!
Red lip gloss, glitter everywhere, and not a tramp in sight. You are fabulous, gorgeous, and a bringer of all things beautiful this holiday season. Toss everything that bores you, and have a hot toddy with all your pretty bright colors around you. Happy Holidays!