Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Choosing A Classic Red....

Today's post shall be on make-up, my speciality. Well I feel it is lol
I wasn't sure what to start of with a classic that every woman/girl needs in her make-up bag. RED LIPSTICK. Now you may be thinking, I can't pull off red lipstick. But trust me you can, I have a medium-dark skin tone and I wear a red lippy when I want to add a little pizzaz to my make-up. You just got to find the perfect red. Another thing you may be thinking "It's going to take me ages to find the perfect red, so what's the point of even trying?" You are wrong! With my little tips I hope you will be able to find your perfect red, just like I did.

I think I shall start of by saying the "red" products I tend to use.
I use a lipstick from Avon called Ultra Rich Colordisiac lipstick - Rose addiction. I'm not sure what the price was because I got it quite some time ago, and it's lasted so long. But knowing Avon prices, I don't think it was too expensive roughly £3-£4 but that's probably because I got it right at the beginning. But I heard that it''s getting discontinued :O
That's shocking, I'm going to have to go through the "Perfect Red Lipstick" search again. But that aside time to talk about red lipstick and how you can find the right one for you.

When choosing a red colour, you have to consider the undertone as they can have a cool, warm or neutral undertone. For e.g. a red with a warm undertone, worn on someone who has a warm undertone of skin, the colour instantly looks brighter. But if a red with a cool undertone is worn by someone who has a warm undertone of skin, then the colour will not shine. Therefore warm reds look better of warm backgrounds. In the same case cool reds stand out on cool backgrounds. 

So you must be thinking how do I find out if I'm a cool undertone or a warm undertone. Now I have learnt a few methods from the wonderful Michelle Phan. If you want to watch her detailed video, you may click on it below, or if you want quick steps you may read what I write. It's up to you!


So if you want the easy steps here they are.

The jewelry method:
You take gold jewelry and silver jewelry. Then try them on and see which one looks better on you, which one stands out against your complexion. If silver compliments your skin tone, you are have a cool undertone and if gold compliments your skin tone, you have a warm undertone. 
If you are a cool undertone, you would need a red lipstick which has a more blue hue to it. A perfect red with a blue hue, in my eyes, would bAvon Ultra Colour Rich Brilliance Lipstick in Rouge Luxury. But there are many reds with a cool undertone, you have just got to keep searching. I'm sure I still haven't found my absolute perfect one so it just takes time. If you're willing to go on this search then I say you go girl! :D

White clothes method:
I found this method a bit confusing, but here goes. If you do get confused, watch the video above, it may help. Look and compare if a true white clothing or a off white clothing looks better on you. If off white looks better on you, you have a warm undertone. If true white looks better on you, you have a cool undertone. 
If you are a warm undertone, you would likely have a yellow undertone that gives your skin your golden look. So you shall need to find a red lipstick with an orange undertone to it. From personal experience I know that my lipstick (Ultra Rich Colordisiac lipstick in Rose Addiction) is good for warm undertones, so long as you don't "over apply it". But if the lipstick looks orange/coral like it would work. I did find that Maybelline have a coral/orange lipstick. It is The Popsticks by ColourSensation in Citrus Slice. But once again, choosing a perfect red lipstick is a work in progress, you have to find what you are comfortable wearing. You have to wear the red lipstick, not the red lipstick wearing you. 

Wrist Method:
The last method is the wrist method, and I personally find this one the easiest. Make sure you are outdoors for this as you need natural lighting for this method to work. Look at your wrist and closely at your veins. If the veins look blue, you have a cool undertone. If they are olive it means you have a warm undertone. This i because when yellow is mixed with blue, which is the colour of your veins, it turns green aka olive.

If you cannot tell the colour of your veins and you tend to look good in both gold and silver jewelry, then you have a neutral undertone. You are real lucky because you can wear both warm and cool red lipsticks.

Just one tip, try and keep the rest of your make-up simple, especially eye make-up, when wearing red lipstick as you are playing up your lips, so leave the rest of your make-up understated.

I hope these tips have helped, they are not my tips, they are just what I have learnt and I wanted to share with you guys. Good luck on your journey to finding your perfect red lipstick, remember a red lip never dates, it is always in!

Thank you for reading. The post straight after this will be on the perfect way to apply red lipstick. It may sound basic, but many people do not know these tips. I know this from personal experience. So hope you would check that post out too! Bye guys xxx

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