Valentine’s Day is synonymous with candy hearts and red chocolate boxes. Date nights with our loved ones are plentiful on February 14th, so it is the perfect opportunity to dress up your makeup routine by trying something new. Red lipstick is a bold and classic look, yet it has the reputation of being notoriously hard to wear. If it’s done right, it can look great, but women are afraid of it, because they don’t know which red to pick, or they are unsure of what type of lip product is best.
The main thing that scares women about red lipstick is being unsure of what shade to choose. When looking at reds on a colour wheel, or the analagous side, you can see that red varies from orangey-red to blue-reds.
There are a few things to consider when choosing a red for your lips. First, what is your overall colouring? Do you have blonde hair and a warmer skin tone? Then you probably can wear oranges and more yellow based colours. If you have dark brown hair and a pink-toned skin, likely you look good in more blue-based colours.
The second thing to consider is the colour of your teeth. We all have a naturally occurring yellow-white to our dentin (the hard, bony material beneath the enamel of a tooth) and certain people have more blue-white teeth and others more yellow. Are your teeth super-white? You can wear both orange reds and blue-reds! If your teeth are more on the yellow side, then orange-based-reds are not going to be as flattering – blue-reds would be the best choice.
Nars Audacious Lipstick in Lana (orange based)
Gwen Stefani Urban Decay in Wonderland (blue based)
Another thing to consider when choosing a red lipstick is the size of your lips and then your skin type. A matte lipstick will apply best over larger lips (make sure to exfoliate them first). If your lips are thinner and/or your skin is dry, a gloss or sheer lip product would be your best choice. A lip stain is another option, as it is a product that is designed for long wear application. Stains can be drying to the lips, but they are great if you need something to last all day.
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lip in Outlaw (orange red)
If the idea of choosing a red lipstick still seems too complicated, the option of a red-tinted lip gloss can still add a punch of colour to your makeup and works on everyone.
Buxom Lipgloss in Scarlet (blue red)
And if gloss isn’t your thing, then a classic standby is a lip balm. Dr Pepper by Bonne Bell has been around since the 1980’s and is still one of the best for a hint of colour, and a great flavor. And then the all-time classic is a cherry-flavoured lip balm. Always a favourite, it works on any colouring, lip size or skin type. And best of all, it may lend itself to a few Valentine’s kisses too!
Bonne Bell Lip Smacker