Red lipstick, why the heck not you?!
I was asked by an editor friend to help with red lipstick application and trends this season. Thank you Tara Gardner for the opportunity! Both your articles are brilliant!
I feel that red lipstick is like a LBD (little black dress). It’s good to have one that you like, you can always depend on it to feel great and it is an easy way to dress up quickly. How to choose one and how to apply it is all down to your comfort zone! There are plenty of options so don’t feel you have to conform to the tradition, you can find a texture, shade and application that will make you feel amazing! After all, lipstick is one powerful tool for confidence, beauty and pure enjoyment! If you don’t have a go to red lipstick already, I hope these 2 articles help you to get out there and find your favourite red lip!
I am going to put in both articles here below for you to have a read. The links are also below if you want to see them on the Glam.com site.
Use This Unexpected Technique For The Perfect Red Lip
OCTOBER 31, 2018
Red lipstick has been a cosmetic classic for centuries, and with good reason: “A red lip is the quickest way to finish your look,” says Lori Woodhouse, makeup artist and director of education at Tom Ford in the UK and Ireland. “It’s also unbelievably versatile; it can be sexy, dramatic, classic, demure, pretty, chic… you can customize it for whatever look you’re going for.” If you’re a red lipstick wearer, you know this already. But if you’re new to the bold shade, the idea can be a little intimidating. Here, Woodhouse shares her secret to pulling off a red lip with ease.
The trick, she says, is keeping the rest of your makeup pared down. “The freshest way to work the red lip is going for really bare, glowing skin and a crisp, red lipstick,” she explains, adding that her favorite textures right now are sheer mattes, like Tom Ford Liquid Matte Lip Lacquer in Fetishist ($54; net-a-porter.com). After moisturizing, apply a little foundation or BB cream, blush, and mascara – that’s it! If you’re wearing a pigmented pout, you don’t need much more.
Before applying lip color, be sure to slough off any flaky skin so you have a smooth base. And while the application itself isn’t exactly rocket science, the different techniques will give you different results. You can always apply lipstick straight from the tube, but this technique delivers the strongest finish, while dabbing color on with your fingertips will give a softer effect. But for even more of an effortless vibe, Woodhouse uses an unexpected beauty tool: an eye shadow brush.
“Recently I did the makeup for actress Portia Freeman, and we wanted to create a red lip that wasn’t too overbearing or bold as her vibe was relaxed, so I used an eye shadow brush,” she says. Starting in the middle of the lips, buff color outwards with the brush. Then, use your fingertips to blend the edges so there are no lines. “This creates the perfect, just-bitten effect – darker at the center and diffused around the edges,” she says. “I also think not using any lip pencil for a look like this makes it all the more modern, as liner can often date the effect.”
There you have it: a red lip look you won’t feel self-conscious rocking!
The Reason Red Lipstick Still Reigns Supreme
OCTOBER 26, 2018
Red lipstick has the power to make the wearer feel unstoppable, so it’s not hard to see why for decades now it has been the one product in our cosmetic bags that completely outshines the rest. Remember fashion icon Coco Chanel’s mantra? “If you’re feeling sad, add more lipstick and attack,” she famously said. It’s empowering. It’s bold. It demands attention. “You don’t wear red lipstick when you want to blend in,” says Lori Woodhouse, a former film and TV makeup artist and now the Director of Education at Tom Ford in UK and Ireland. “It’s an instant pick-me-up.”
So where did it all begin? A look through history will show that powerful women have long used red lipstick to make their presence known. It was the first lip color ever made, dating back to Cleopatra, who used crushed bugs to create a hue for her lips, explains Woodhouse. During the Elizabethan Era, in the 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I believed red lipstick had the ability to ward off death; the church disapproved of its use and many believed it was black magic.
But the allure of red lipstick preserved. Before Hollywood got its hands on it, bright red lipstick was said to be a symbol of rebellion for marching suffragettes in the early 1900s. Then, in the ‘20s, it rose to prominence, thanks to silver screen starlets like Clara Bow. As demonstrated by Rita Hayworth in the ‘40s, Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor in the ‘50s, Audrey Hepburn in the ‘60s, Madonna in the ‘80s, and Gwen Stefani in the ’90s, while the trends changed over the years, red lips never really strayed far from the spotlight.
In recent years, red lips have taken on new forms, playing with textures, shades, finishes, and hybrid effects. Looking ahead to Spring 2019, it’s no longer just about the glamorous look of decades past, says Woodhouse. Think shine-free, sheer mattes for a “just-bitten” pop of color. What hasn’t changed? It’s versatility. Finding the perfect red lipstick is like finding the perfect little black dress, she adds: “Everyone needs one that fits perfectly and makes you feel amazing.”
It all comes down to individual preference. Go for whatever makes you feel most confident. “Whether you’re going for dramatic, sexy, or casual-chic, you put on a red lip feel dressed instantly,” Woodhouse says.