If you answered “F. All of the above,” DING-DING-DING-DING-DING! — you are correct. There is such a thing as a perfect red lip.
Just ask Jouer.
Of course, said perfect red lips aren’t necessarily easy to find (it took me years!), but indie brand Jouer thinks they have some good leads, and they’ve put them in their new Perfect Red Collection.
I really like Jouer… They’re a small-ish brand out of SoCal, and I’ve been following them for a few years. If you like Kate Spade’s vibe — chic, sweet, feminine and fun, but not overtly frilly or afraid to wear color — I think you’ll like ’em, too.
Perfect Red’s premise is that you’ll be able to find your perfect red amongst the five lipsticks and two glosses in the collection. There are reds for cool skin tones, warm skin tones and a neutral shade that should suit most everyone. If you like pounds of pigment, go for one of the lipsticks, but if you like sheer shades on your lips, grab a gloss. Jouer even created a convenient flowchart to help you decide.
I have warm coloring, but I’ve tried all seven of these shades, and I have to say, I really don’t think you can go wrong with any of any of them. Yeah, the guidelines help, but I think the seven pieces are flexible and flattering enough to work with most skin tones.
Here are some general guidelines (but definitely not strict rules).
For warm skin tones…
For cool skin tones…
For all skin tones…
And you can safely skip lip liner with either of the glosses because they’re very sheer (they also come with a doe-foot, WOOT!), but with the lipsticks, yeah, you’ll probably want to use one (I like MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencils).
As for the lipstick formula, ahhh… The creamy, hydrating lipsticks hug my lips like these lipsticks from Edward Bess (which feel so great). I like the lot of ’em, but my faves are Lana, Grace and Sophia.
I can’t wait to try them with cat eye liner…
The $22 Lipsticks and $20 Lip Glosses are available now online and at Jouer counters in select Nordstrom and Henri Bendel stores.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,