6 Ways to Wear Red Lipstick

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Add Red to Your Lipstick Repertoire with these 10 Tips

G’morning, ladies! In honor of inauguration day here in the U-S-of-A, I’m sporting patriotic red lips.

If you’re new to wearing red, here are 10 wonderful tips and tricks to wearing red lips.


Makeup Tip: Layer Benefit Gilded Beneath Red Lip Glosses for Warmth and Shimmer

I just got a makeup tip and had to share! A friend who works for Benefit Cosmetics suggested I try their shimmery gold Gilded ($20) pencil with some of my red glosses. I tried it and BAM! — it breathes new life into glosses with instantly warmer, more shimmery color.

MAC Lipglass in Russian Red: A Bold Lip Look

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There are things in life that every girl should try at least once. Make one of those things MAC Russian Red Lipglass ($14). Nothing says “I kick booty” like entering a room with knock-out red lips does. Russian Red’s blue-based (blue undertones) lipgloss brings your lips to full attention, soldier!


Nars Canaille Lipstick: Wear It to Your Holiday Office Party

This season, Nars released a lone lipstick with their holiday collection, a shimmery reddish brown shade named Canaille ($24). Unlike the bold reds, deep plums and sparkle-heavy lip looks we’ve been seeing from MAC, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Givenchy and Dior, Canaille delivers a delicate whisper of color. While most of this year’s holiday lip shades take you to da club, Canaille takes you to the library. Shhh…

Lancome In All Her Splendor Lipgloss

Earlier today I walked by a fire station out here; all the fire dudes were outside washing the truck. I couldn’t help thinking how glad I was to be wearing lipgloss, LOL! I loves me some El Hub, but I gotta say there’s just something hot about dudes washing fire trucks…

Chanel Spring 2009 Hydrabase Lipsticks: Red, Coral and Pink Bold Lips

Toot-toot! All aboard the Chanel Spring 2009 Bohemian Fantasy Rouge Hydrabase Lipstick train (what a mouthful!). It’s a non-stop ride straight to the land of decadent reds, corals and pinks.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Vanessa H says:

    I love love love the look of Russian Red, it’s so pretty and bold! I bought my sister the color and have used it myself twice…I’m still a little afraid of really bold make up.
    The gold lip liner idea sounds interesting, I’ll have to try it 🙂
    By the way, thank you for taking time to respond to all of your reader comments, it’s really appreciated and keeps me coming back to the site!

  2. Ellery says:

    Oooh, good tips. I want gilded more and more every time I see you use it!

  3. Karen says:

    Hi Vanessa H.,

    Russian Red is the shizz! You are so sweet to have purchased it for your sis, aww. 🙂 Does she like it?

    OH, I love chatting with everyone in the comments. It’s the best part, like icing on the cake!

    Hope you’re having a nice day.

  4. Karen says:

    Hi Ellery,

    Hi m’dear. Are you feeling better today?

    Oh, and you *need* Gilded, ASAP! It’ll look super hot on your luscious lips.

  5. Trisha says:

    Benefit Gilded! That’s the best one up there by far. I need to get me some of that.

    Trisha´s last blog post..5 Ways to Look More Beautiful Without Makeup

  6. tanya says:

    That Russian Red is so sexy!!! “haaaaaay” 🙂 I likey.

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  7. Tekoa says:

    Congrads on your new country leader.

    Tabs had a previous owner? I do question the responsibility of this individual since he had no identification when you adopted him. I think he has a much better home now. Tabs is a BIG kitty!

  8. Karen4 says:

    Great red lips! Thanks for the Gilded tip–looks like a purchase is in the near future….

  9. Holly says:

    I sooo want to like red lipstick on myself but I can never really find one that seems to totally work! I bought MAC’s Ruby Woo last week in New York and I know it doesn’t look odd on me really but I just cant get used to it!

  10. Glosslizard says:

    I’m baaaack! After 6 (!) days with no internet access! Aagh! 😉

    Gorgeous lip looks! I’ll add my fave holiday red lip this year, Chanel’s Red Shine Glossimer! I also love Rouge Hydrabase in Shanghai Red, especially topped with Equinoxe! Yum!

    Hope you’re having a great week and enjoying the weather!

  11. Tiera says:

    Oh, Russian Red, how I love thee! And I’m definitely excited to get my hands on Chanel Spring 2009!

    Tiera´s last blog post..Child’s Play: Too Faced Smurfette Collection

  12. Dao says:

    Oh man, I love the “in your face” aspect of Russian Red. Since I don’t wear a lot of reds, I opted for a cheapy drugstore version which looks exactly the same (NYC Retro Red, I think!)

    Did you get your cosmetic settlement freebie? I got an Armani Code shower gel for men which I’m givin’ to my dad 🙂 Some men even came to the mall for free mascaras!

    Dao´s last blog post..NYC Chroma Face Glow: Glow like J.Lo

  13. Karen says:

    Hi Trisha,

    It’s fab! I hope you snag it soon. You can also use it on eyes, too, for a quickie look. 🙂

  14. Karen says:

    Hi Tanya,

    Haaaay, indeed! It’s probably my favorite red. Do you think you might try it?

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Tekoa,

    Yup, he lived with another family right down the street. We had no idea because 1.) he had no collar, 2.) he wasn’t microchipped and 3.) he was full of worms and fleas. Plus, whenever he’d come over he’d scarf down food like he was starving!

    The family went on vacay in June he started coming around my way all the time… then he just decided to stay.

    He recently decided to pop by his old house, so when his previous cat mom saw him with his collar and ID tag she gave me a ring. It turns out she has four other kitties!

    She suspects Tabs chose us because he wanted a family where he could be the only kitty and get all the attention he craves. She gave us her blessing and offered to feed him the next time we were out of town. She was a really nice woman… I’m just glad it turned out like this. I was really afraid somebody would call me and start yelling at me for stealing their cat. 🙁

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Karen4,

    You’re welcome! It also looks great on eyes, too. Just sweep it over the entire lid, add thick cat liner on the top and then swipe on some mascara. It’s super easy glam. 🙂

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    GIRL! Did you make it out to Target? Tell me you finally got some Sonia Kashuk brushes. 🙂

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Glosslizard,

    Wow! I mean… WOW! Seriously, that’s incredible!

    I think I would’ve gone through some serious intertnetz withdrawal, LOL.

    How was little Bavaria? Did you have fun in the snow?

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Tiera,

    Sweet! Do you have the lipstick or lip gloss?

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Dao,

    I drove by Macy’s today and saw the line and then promptly drove away. Did you have to wait for long? That’s so sweet that you got that shower gel for your dad, aww. 🙂

  21. Glosslizard says:

    Oh, I was so in withdrawal! LOL! I did have fun in the snow, though! Little Bavaria was both campy AND fun! Plus the kids got to go on a dogsled ride! Always a good thing! Now I’m back and craving some makeup-related civilization!

  22. Holly says:

    Hi Karen,

    I dont believe it I didnt make it AGAIN! The day we went there was a huge crash in New Jersey and we couldnt get through!! I was so dissapointed! I did get some essence of beauty brushes though which are great! I also now think I have every single thing that MAC sells haha!!

    Im already having Sephora withdrawal symptoms, when I win the lottery im so setting one up in England its so unfair that they dont have stores here!!

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