MAKE UP / Red Lips (Thanks to Shebz)

I have to give credit to one of my BFs, Sheebani, aka Shebz, for being the first person to introduce me to a real red lipstick. That girl can rock red lips like no other. (I kind of wish she was in Houston so I could have gotten her to model it for you guys, but it looks like you’ll just have to settle with me). If it wasn’t for her bringing a red lipstick to Vegas awhile back – I would have never tried it. After seeing her really “own” the whole red lip look, I decided to get over my fear and buy one.

Since, drug stores don’t like you trying on lipsticks before you buy them, I decided to go to MAC and spend a few extra dollars so that I could get the right shade. I ended up loving the one I got (Viva Glam I) but still only wore it every now and then. The first time I wore it out (a couple of years ago), I caught my friend Jenny staring at my face; not going to lie, it kind of freaked me out. (Jenny, don’t deny it). Then she said “I’ve just never seen you wear it before.” Which is actually true, I hadn’t worn lipstick in 5-6 years (and I’ve never worn red) so it was kind of a big step for me.

I’ve since found two more shades of red that I really like – Revlon’s Really Red (Matte) and Sephora’s Cream Lip Stain in Always Red. (Update: Shebz’s favorite is Revlon’s Love that Red). I also wear red lipstick quite often now – it’s such a fast and easy way to add a pop of color to your face or overall outfit.

There are a couple of tips to wearing red lipstick:

  1. Make sure your lips are smooth. (Exfoliate if you need to).
  2. Brush your teeth. (Clean teeth make your red lipstick pop more – I promise!)
  3. For very long time wear – apply a primer. (Ameeta told me Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion is perfect for this).
  4. Apply a matching lip liner. This is to keep the lipstick within the outline of your lips, since red tends to bleed.
  5. Use a lip brush to blend lip liner and lipstick together plus cover all areas of your lips.
  6. If you’re going out, carry your lipstick with you because you might need to do a touch up.

Here are my three favorite shades (that I mentioned above):

MAC Viva Glam I

Revlon – Really Red (Matte)

Revlon Really Red (Matte) is very similar to MAC’s Viva Glam I and $10.00 cheaper! (See below)

Sephora Cream Lip Stain – Always Red

Shebz, thanks so much for introducing me to this amazing fashion find! You’re awesome *hair flip*!

Are there any red lipsticks/glosses out there that you guys like?

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16 thoughts on “MAKE UP / Red Lips (Thanks to Shebz)

  1. If you’re willing to plunk down $40+ for a lipstick (I did once in a moment of what I can only call insanity), Tom Ford makes an excellent darker red.

  2. Hi Jyoti!
    Guess! This is one of my fav. color since my college days! Back in early 70’S WHEN red, burgandy and wine colors were in style in India specially.
    You look like a model!
    I do like to wear from time time since I was 22 !! believe it or not.
    Love your blog.
    Bhavana Aunti 🙂

  3. I love this post! Sheebani slapped some red lipstick on me last year too, and I have to say… the lady knows what she’s talking about! Great blog Jyoti!

    • Do it! I was always a lipgloss girl – everything had to be “au natural”. I’m so glad I got over it – red lipstick (or any color) makes such a huge difference. You’ll love it!

    • Thanks Liz! Try it out atleast once, even if you’re just walking around in your house. If you don’t like it then don’t worry about it. (I’m pretty sure after some time you’ll love it 🙂 !

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