When I was in NYC for fashion week, one undeniable trend I saw was a bright red lip. At one point I walked through a doorway and three women all flashed me a smile rimmed in red. It was crazy! I’ll throw on some red when I’m feeling frisky, but on a regular day you’re more likely to catch me with a more subdued “Elizabeth” berry smirk for color.
If you’re wanting to follow the trend and laquer up in red, the hue of the season is warm and orange as opposed to cool and berry. (You might recall this post in which I describe the difference.) You’ll also want to make sure your lip is matte instead of glossy as the look is more “hip” than “glam.” You can’t go wrong with Jouer’s “Simone” – a favorite of mine (also shown above).
One thing I noticed and loved about these bright red-lipped women is that they used the bold color to distract from their lack of makeup. Not a “natural” look, but almost no makeup at all. It’s almost like they just substituted lipstick for chapstick. It’s an unusual combo but it totally worked. I think I’m going to try it in my sweats and see what kind of reaction I get at the grocery store. How’s that for real-life application?!
If you are more of the au-nautural girl (another trend in makeup for spring) consider going with a matte PINK. You can choose anything from fushia to petal to almost nude. As long as it’s matte, it will still be striking. Check out Jouer’s new shades (available soon on their website):
The one thing you need to do BEFORE wearing a light colored opaque lipstick is hydrate your lips. Make sure they aren’t dry because unlike the bold colors, the lighter pinks can’t conceal dry or scaly lips. I suggest a hydrating balm or chapstick the night before. Thankfully Jouer’s lipsticks are all moisturizing so they can help you out!
(Full disclosure: Since I was introduced to Jouer over two years ago, I’ve been a huge fan. It’s great quality and price for your everyday basics. I receive their product via PR and purchase it myself on a regular basis. That reminds me….I should do a post on my makeup bag.)