(This is the second in a five-part series about making a statement in a second.)
When I was eight years old, I went into my mom’s purse. Yes, I know. Wrong. I found her red lipstick and went to the mirror to practice being a pretty lady. Yes, I know. Shocker.
I had no idea what I was doing. Why would I? I’ve seen 30-year-old women who are clueless when it comes to red lipstick. I was eight. What hope did I have?
I looked like Ronald McDonald. I was unable to hide this from mom. And she was unable to get the red lipstick off. This was after all the year of Noxema as the ultimate makeup remover. Although refreshing, it wasn’t exactly strong enough for the likes of true red. Pretty Little Cheryl.
Putting on true red lipstick doesn’t have to be a daunting, time-comsuming task. You can join the rank and file of signature red-lipped starlets Scarlet Johansen, Gwen Stefani and Dita VonTeese. You just need a little know-how, a steady hand and the right red.
To apply red lipstick:
1. Keep your other makeup simple (there’s that KISS again). Skin pale (not Twilight-pale, just even-toned), eyes simple (think mascara and, if you must, a thin eyeliner in soft black) and cheeks soft with light blush. If you don’t want to follow this rule, fine. Join clown school.
2. Apply a light layer of foundation to your lips. This will create a great canvas for the true color to come through.