Dude! Valentine’s Day? I know it’s hella commercial and cheesy, but I don’t even care. Chocolate, love and baby cherubs? You can’t go wrong with that. Plus, crimson lips? If there’s a day to go crazy with crimson, it’s gotta be V-Day.
But what if you’re scared to wear really red lips? What if you like the idea of going full-tilt Gwen Stefani, but you’re too terrified to try?
These five baby steps will build your courage for crimson lips. Remember, Drake was on Degrassi Jr. High once upon a time. Everybody’s gotta start somewhere.
1. Keep calm, and start with a red lip tint or balm
Before going all the way with opaque red lips, you can take a baby step with a tint.
Red balms and tints are like crimson kitten heels, and years from now, when you’re strutting around town in the red lipstick version of 5-inch stilettos, you’ll think back to your starter balms…
When you wear a red balm or a tint, you’ll get a sense of what it’s like to wear red on your lips without the full-on shock of something opaque like MAC Ruby Woo.
And that shock at seeing yourself in red lipstick for the first time is a legitimate thing. The first time I wore red (I think it was in high school, which would place it in the early Cretaceous Period), I didn’t recognize the person staring back at me in the mirror. A red lip balm reduces that risk.
Some tints/balms to try…
2. Shine with a sheer red gloss
If you’re more of a gloss girl, you could skip the balm, and go for a sheer red gloss instead. It’s the same idea of easing your way into red with a baby step.
Look for a sheer red gloss that lets most of your natural lip color through. That way you won’t have to worry about the gloss migrating outside your natural lip line.
3. Text a friend
Think of her as your makeup training buddy. Here’s the scenario: you’re visiting a makeup counter and trying to choose your sheer red gloss, but you can’t decide. Do you go with a sheer blue-based gloss or a warm-toned yellowish red? Sparkles or no sparkles?
Gah! These decisions are tough. 🙂
If all of the reds start to look the same, swatch the top contenders on your arm or the back of your hand, then take a quick pic with your phone.
Text it to a friend who (hopefully) knows a little bit about makeup, and ask her which shade she likes best for you, because it never hurts to have a second opinion.
4. Hit up the drugstore
Get an affordable taste of red before committing to a four-course meal. Cruise your favorite drugstore for a cute red — ideally, one that doesn’t cost a ton.
That way, you can try it at home without being out a lot of money (this works for all kinds of products; not just reds).
5. Take your reds for a test drive
Seeing yourself in a bold red lipstick can be quite jarring. Make no mistake, it’s a dramatic transformation.
One of the best pieces of advice I ever got — and I use this all the time when I try bold new looks — is to take things for a test drive around the house. Wear it while you’re chillin’ on the couch, washing dishes and feeding the cat. The little glimpses you catch of yourself in every mirror will add up, and pretty soon you’ll be ready to rock crimson lips outside.
Watch out world! 🙂
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,