Saturday, January 9, 2010

Little Red.

I have very strong feelings about the color red. To be general--I don't like it. I am fond of it in food (strawberries, raspberries, spaghetti sauce, ketchup, candy) and lipstick (occasionally I find it acceptable to add a red accessory, such as a bow or the tiniest of patterns). In general I cannot wear red in large doses, dresses, blouses, etc. I try but it just feels so wrong! Also, I don't mind other things that are red, like couches (if they are velvet), walls, or the covers of books.



This is why it's really kind of funny that I have piles and piles and piles of red lipstick. Especially since I don't wear it all that often--I tend to eat it off my lips--but I can't stop buying it.



I mentioned last week, or whenever that was, that I'm trying to wear red lipstick more often. I am rarely happy with my eye makeup and so have reduced that regime back to concealer, a paint pot, and mascara. A few years ago I bought MAC's Russian Red because I read about it somewhere, and I wore it occasionally when I wanted to make a splash or just felt like it (I really like applying lipstick. Sometimes I put piles of it on at night before I wash my face and walk around looking totally insane in floral PJs and red lipstick).

I really like MAC's matter lipsticks. They stay in place with minimal liner, don't end up smudging to high heaven, have great saturated colors, and don't over-dry my lips. This week I went and snagged myself some Ruby Woo because I wanted to feel really awkward walking up to the slick salesperson and saying the name (or not), and because I'd heard good things about it. I like it. It's like a cartoon red, a scary splash. I have tiny lips so I feel a bit self conscious about it sometimes, like there is too much fleshy face, but I've decided it doesn't matter.

However, I'm relatively low maintenance with makeup. If you can't apply it with your fingers, mascara aside, I could care less. Because of this, I'm a dedicated lover of Stila's convertible color in Poppy--I'm wearing it two posts down in the picture with the mustard sweater--even if it doesn't give the same stark look of a stick. I like it though, it's got that pressed-on, edge-fading look that's kind of romantic and debauched.

I have a tenuous relationship with red. On the one hand, I can't stand it. It needs so much attention. On the other, it's kind of right sometimes. And despite my grumblings towards it, my dastardly glasses are red.

63 comments:

  1. I'm pleased to discover that I'm not the only one who lashes on lipstick before bed! Along with effectively all the other makeup that I own. Yikes.

    As someone who can't really pull off red lipstick - I look much better in browner, earthier tones if I wear lipstick at all - I'm a little jealous of how superb it looks on you. It gives you somewhat of a Snow White effect, with your pale, dark haired looks. Beautiful!

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  2. This post was such a wonderful read. You are such a fluid writer, every post is so cohesively written - I enjoy reading your blog way too much!

    Anyways, you look lovely with that shade of red! It looks perfectly applied. I always have trouble applying lipstick that I just never really bother with it at all.

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  3. despite your uneasy relationship with the color you look beautiful in red, keep wearing it!

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  4. Red looks so great on you! I've always wanted to be able to pull off red lips, but I haven't found the right shade for me yet. I do slick on plenty of pinks/dark pinks though! :) - JoAnn, Sidewalk Chalk

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  5. You're crazy, red is great on you!

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  6. I agree with you about wearing mountains of red. Something about it feels odd. Even my red lipstick sits in the corner, intimidating me slighty~

    It looks wonderful on you, however!

    -Robyn

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  7. looks a lot better on you then it would on me :)

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  8. oh i love that damn red
    MAC is my fave , though i m man, but i love to see the girl wear it

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  9. i'm a fan of ruby woo, as well. heard about it via 'rockstar diaries'. for what it's worth, YOU LOOK STUNNING in red lipstick!!

    i own about a dozen mac lipsticks, a lot of them are in various shades of red. but, thanks to Lulu Letty, i learned about Revlon's matte lipsticks. she raved about it on her blog and since i'm not a big fan of drugstore cosmetics (they tend to leave a strong scent), i fell skeptical. but, i tried it anyway and bought the color, "in the red". Lulu Letty was right -- they're fabulous. I loved it and bought other colors, as well. i now own 4 shades of Revlon's matte lipsticks... two shades of red are noteworthy: "in the red" and "really red".

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  10. I think red lipstick is great on you, Kater! Red other things, well, I understand about that. I live in the South and in some circles wearing too much red or red shoes or a red accessory can put you in a category where you are considered a tart!

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  11. Red is my favorite color. Oh I am obsessed with it you have no idea xD
    I've tried Ruby Woo, Russian Red, but they really did not work at all for me, but you on the other hand do look really really good!

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  12. I know just what you mean about red and how it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. I really like this shade of lipstick though, and i think it looks great with your dark hair. I think I'll have to get myself to a mac counter at some point!

    Also, I'm the same with makeup, I'm always putting it on before I wash my face to go to bed. Best time to practice I say!

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  13. love this lipstick but mac is so expensive :(
    kisses

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  14. I have similar feelings about red lipstick, I have a couple and really want to wear it but feel I can't pull it off. I feel like I'm constantly licking my lips all the time and I just don't like the feeling of it. Also, having very similar colouring to you in the dark hair and pale skin, except that I have very red cheeks, and I think I'd have to spend forever and a day toning down my cheeks with acres of foundation before I'd feel comfortable with it. Also, you don't have tiny lips at all; they're small but very full, so it's all good. I wish I could manage to apply red lipstick as well as you seem to have here *sighs*

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  15. you look adorable in that shade! i tend to go for the more pink shades in lipstick, but always mac. i bought a blush from them just a week ago, it's so pink it looks like candy. i just want to eat it up!

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  16. ps: that comment was from http://hjartesmil.blogg.no

    (i could only comment with my google account, but it's not where i blog anymore)

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  17. The red lipstick suits well with your skin tones and hair colour. Don't fret too much about wearing it, especially with such ridiculously delicious names like Ruby Woo.

    I can picture that as a block colour, it may be a little overpowering especially if you don't like the colour to begin with.

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  18. I'm not like that, I adore red, especially on clothes and adore red lipstick as well, althougj i don't wear it often.
    Anyway you red lipstick suits you very well.
    x

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  19. Red lipstick on you gives your skin a beautiful effect like porcelain...definitely continue wearing it!!!

    As for me, I have 8 tubes of red lipstick - just counted...love to wear it but feel it is very overpowering at my day job - high school English teacher. If I'm not wearing red lipstick, it is a shimmery, muted color like champagne or platinum.

    As far as clothing and red...only in the form of accessories (making a minimal statement) or for costume!

    Red in decorating - I agree - covers of books and couches are fine - too much and the place would look like a bordello!

    Loved the post!:)

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  20. me too! i keep telling myself i'm going to try and wear red lipstick more, but its just so much effort!

    i may get some of that ruby woo though! xx

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  21. i love the colour red. i think red suits everyone and is quite a powerful colour. i read somewhere that they did an experiment of 2 teams in a competition, one wore red and the other wore black. the winner was voted for and the red team nearly always won through votes. it's also a very good colour to wear to job interviews or on dates - men are more likely to offer to pay for the whole date if a girl wears red! so yay - wear read more! it really suits you.

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  22. Ruby Woo is the best lipstick of all time, its all I ever wear.

    Good choice :)

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  23. Mac do the best lip colours, this shade is beautiful!

    jeniwren.com

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  24. I completely agree with all of this (not a big red fan, love the lipstick, ruby woo buying, it not coming off and putting on lipstick at stupid times like when you're about to go to bed)
    I discovered ruby woo the other day and really want to buy it, just not sure if I can justify the price.

    You look absolutely adorable in the photo. Such clear skin! (if you don't mind me asking what undereye concealer do you use?)

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  25. Applying lipstick is so much fun. Red is picky but yo wear it well, I'm still attempting to figure out how to wear red lipstick.
    -indigo

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  26. this seems to be the most popular red, perhaps it's time I go to mac and try it out.

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  27. i'm self-conscious about my lips because they are full ... when i was younger i got called donkey lips! :( so i'm not sure i can pull off red lipstick simply because i lack the confidence. however, i love love love it on you! it really complements your ivory skin!

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  28. I would strongly suggest going and getting "MAC Red" Lipstick at MAC. It is a perfect shade of red, and doesn't feel as cartoon-y as some of the others because of a slight hint of pink. Wear it with confidence girl!

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  29. you look so good with lipstick! I love it on you :)

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  30. You mentioned having "tiny" lips and that it makes you feel self-conscious while wearing red... I have the exact opposite problem! Because my lips are fairly prominent to begin with, I feel clownish when I wear red lippie. I think it looks very classy and right on you.

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  31. RED LIPSTICK! WHAT A CLASSIC!!! PERFECT FOR ALL THE OUTFITS! LOVE IT!
    WM.


    WWW.WASHMACH.COM

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  32. Wow thanks for the help! Bodyshop is probably a lot less pricey too... MAC is often a bit dissapointing, I'm finding that with my current foundation.

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  33. You look beautiful with red lipstick.

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  34. You look so gorgeous! :) I do love the red lip and minimal makeup look; it's so fresh.

    I adore MAC's matte lipsticks too. I've bought a couple of their other finishes, and am never 100% satisfied. Russian Red is my fav, although I want to pick up a tube of Ruby Woo next time I'm at the MAC store. ;)

    ♥ Casey
    blog | elegantmusings.com

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  35. Oh I LOVE this on you! It's perfect. I'd love to get more comfortable wearing red lipstick. I always feel so weird when I wear it, like it's smudged across half of my face and people are staring or something!

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  36. That is a divine shade of red and it looks amazing on you. xo Mish

    http://www.themishdish.blogspot.com

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  37. I still haven't tried Mac because it's too expensive. I think red lipstick looks great on you.
    Unlike you, red is pretty much my favourite colour to wear. Red ribbons, red blouses, red skirts, red nails, red shoes...I've yet to wear an entirely red outfit but I would if I had all the right shades.
    -Andi x

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  38. i find lipstick so hard. in high school, i was obsessed with marilyn monroe and loved to wear bright red lipstick and black eyeliner to school. now that i've pared my makeup routine down to just mascara, i don't know if i can pull it off! but you pull it off very well, my dear, and i think you may have inspired me to give it another go.

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  39. You look gorgeous! I wish I could pull of red lipstick so well!

    I also wanted to let you know that my old blog, Spider, Spin Me A Story, has been replace by this new one :)

    xxx
    Saoirse

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  40. I love this color. There's also another red called Vegas I that I adore.

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    I'd like to exchange links with you to help spread some traffic around between each other. Please let me know if this is possible. Until then, keep up the good work.

    Jason
    TheWISDOMWALL.com

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  42. Great post!

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  43. Do you use Stila poppy on your cheeks as well? I'm intrigued. Seen the product but never used it!

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  44. I love red but I'm always paranoid of having a big red smear on my teeth. Oof!

    I think it looks lovely on you.

    This reminds me i have been saving images of ladies with red lippies for a post....curious what colors of red people like to wear!

    thanks for the nudge! (i'll be sure to say my inspiration came from this post!)

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  45. all i wear is ruby woo... lovely color

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  46. My first Mac lipstick was the ruby woo and I love it so much! It's the best red lipstick ever:)

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  47. cute! I like mac Russian Red the matte colors are the best I agree

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  48. you look so pretty! i am on the hunt for a good red lipstick, but it is not easy!

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  49. I totally agrre with this! I'm the same way!

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  50. Hey, I follow your blog for some time now ... If I were a boy, I would fall in love with you - but I guess I'm not. In fact, I'm even married.

    Just started my own blog a few days ago - will you have a look at it?

    xx Susanne

    www.leoparddress.blogspot.com

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  51. you should certainly wear red more often. it's your colour. i also love the Mac matte lipstics! my red is Danger Girrrl!

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  52. You look great in red lipstick. And your words flow so nicely

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  53. My gripe with red lipstick, is that one must have perfectly shaped bow lips to look lovely in it. You do.

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  54. To me red lipstick screams glamorous, you look lovely in it

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  55. Live it up, you can't really pull off red lipstick once you're over 30. You look gorgeous! :)

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  56. Just found your blog on bloglovin! Great look with the rouge levres :-)

    stop by my blog sometime...

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  57. That shade look perfect on you. I might just buy some for myself. Loving your blog!! xo

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  58. Try this red...it needs no touchups! http://wendybrandes.com/blog/2008/07/red-lipstick-1-macs-lasting-lust/

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  59. Mac Matt, how GORGEOUS!!

    good spending

    http://thepowerandbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  60. haha, I do exactly the same thing with makeup! I almost never have the guts to wear it in public but have tons of fun playing with it at night, just before I wash it all off. You pull off red lips perfectly - a fabulous shade for you. I have been eyeing up MAC for a while but am not quite sure exactly which red is "my" red.

    just came across your blog and love it. thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  61. The color looks amazing on you!

    satinsugar.blogspot.com

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