Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Beauty diaries: Red hot

Yours truly rockin' her bright red lipstick.
When I was in college, I had an obsession with "the smokey eye." For whatever reason, when I attempted aforementioned smokey eye, it didn't look sexy like I intended it to. I looked more like a little girl playing with her mother's makeup than Christina Aguilera in Dirty. When I tanned--and my skin morphed from fairly light to medium beige--I was magically able to pull it off. On  nights out with my friends, I rimmed my eyes with blackest black kohl liner and loaded up on Maybelline mascara.

The one beauty look I never dared to try, no matter how dark my tan, was the bright red lip. Naturally, I was quite surprised to be called out at a makeover/fundraiser/event last year: "You with the fair skin, we're going to try red lipstick on you! It's so hot right now!"

After they'd powdered my nose and glossed my lips, I actually liked what I saw. I ended up buying a tube of richly pigmented red lip gloss and a matching pencil to help the color stick. Since then, I've dabbed on the gloss for special events--or for nights out when I've been feeling frisky. More and more, I've been seeing the bright red lip, not just on fashion models, but on real women walking down the street.

And now, some inspiration. You so don't need a tan to pull this one off.

Image: YSL
Image: Pinterest
Image: Behind the Scenes Makeup


  1. Aw Katie you are rocking your bright red lipstick beautifully!! And yes, isn't pale just gorgeous?!

  2. pale is the only way to go:-) and I love RED but don't wear lipstick so I will live thru those of you ladies that do!!!

  3. You definitely rock the red lips! Red lipstick is one of those things that I feel looks great on everyone but me!

  4. Hello! I just came across your blog, and I am truly humbled and inspired- I'm so thankful that I have yet to undergo some serious repercussions from tanning as a teen, but I do like the natural sunlight! Can't wait to read more of your posts. This blog is such a great find! I’ve decided to follow you! If you get a minute, I’d love to know what you think of my latest outfit post! While you’re visiting, follow along so we can keep in touch! :)
    xo, elle from Living in Color.

  5. I love those lip colors!
    So pretty and glamorous.


  6. Love the red lips on you! You pull it off great!!

  7. I need to rock the red, I have just been so scared though.

  8. I love red lips and especially the third picture!! The lipstick is really awesome!! I think you can combine red lips to casual as well as chic outfits:) Thats great!

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