For those of you who have had this problem, I know you’re out there ....Start by following some of these tips:
Know your skin-tone, and which red works best for you
- If your skin has pink undertones, you can go with more cool and blue-ish 'true' reds Having more yellow undertones should lead you towards warmer brownish reds. Think of these stars have been seen sporting red lips, when defining your skin tone.
Fair skin: Think Scarlett Johansson, Gwen Stefani and Leighton Meister
Medium Skin: Think Jessica Alba and Jennifer Lopez
Dark Skin: Think Halle Berry and Beyoncè Knowles
Dramatic or Demure?
While some women can pull off a matte, dramatic red lip every day, adding a touch of gloss, or simply going with a creamy lipstick can give you a more subtle look . If you see someone on the street who has the kind of look you are going for (and they're not sprinting to catch a train in 4 inch heels)....be daring and ask them what they're wearing! The search for red-lipstick is usually grueling, and many women are glad help the cause. Plus, who doesn’t love a compliment?
Exfoliate! Red Lipstick will highlight any dry or chapped skin you may have on your lips....yuck!!! Want your lips to be soft and sweet enough to kiss?
Here is Ashley’s fool-proof lip exfoliation recipe:
Mix a dime sized drop of cool petroleum jelly with some coarse sugar, rub this on your lips with your finger for 15-20 seconds, and wipe off with a soft tissue or cotton ball and voila! (Make sure to moisturize well, to keep your lips looking fabulous!)
Your favorite make-up counter will have skilled employees who can lead you down the path to success by offering you choices in your color family (warm or cool, blues or reds etc). If they are busy, however, they may not be able to stick around and give you opinions. It is always helpful to invite a friend with you who will give you an honest opinion. Ask your friend to lunch and work up an appetite while shopping for lipstick.
Test: When you begin your quest, start at your favorite make-up counter ( I go straight for Chanel, obviouslyyy), and have their representative give you the low-down on their return policy. Then, ask them if they have any lip-stick or promo samples to try. This will allow you to bring them home and test them out. They also can supply you with disposable lip brushes to paint your lips without getting the cooties, and make-up remover to give your lips a clean palette. Also, give yourself some time to wander to a couple of counters, to give yourself some options.