As a child, red lipstick was pretty much the colour every Indian woman wore, that or some sort of dark maroon. It was just a given that it would be my first real lip stick and I am still drawn to it now.
To me, nothing makes me feel more powerful and feminine at the same time. I suggest you try it for a day and see how many doors are opened, people glance your way or engage you in conversation in shops. Whether that is my confidence coming through or the draw of the red lipstick I don't know but it is fun. The power of red lipstick is quite intense.
How to wear such a commanding colour? Simply is the answer, always. In the video below I have teamed a neutral eyelid and slightly smoky top lash with a red lip stain. I also used a lip lock pencil in place of a lip liner as I find these work much better and being colourless it requires no great skill or time to use. It is a must with red lipstick, or you run the risk of smudging, bleeding and you may end up looking like Robert Smith (The Cure) on a bad day.
Lipstains Gold is not a new brand but they are at the forefront of "staining technology". It is the only brand I know of that have created a true red, not a pink but a hot red lipstain. It doesn't remain impeccable for 12 hours, it requires a touch up or two. I have found that it still looks great after eating and drinking. Also even taking it off of an evening, the next morning my lips have a slight tint. The texture is light and balmy, it does go slightly dry on the lips but not as much as other lip stains I have used.
What are you memories of red lipstick?