Thursday, December 26, 2013

Lips-Paint 'Em Red

If there is one thing I love its a red lip. It's all things sexy and daring and when paired with my signature leather jacket I can't help feeling like I could kick anyone's ass and break anyone's heart. The trick is finding the right red for you! I'll be breaking down some of the hits and misses that I have found in the constant obsession with the perfect red lip as well as a couple of tips to help you make a statement.

L-R: Urban Decay in F-Bomb ($22), MAC Matte in  Ruby Woo ($14), Butter London Lippy in Come to Bed Red ($18), Maybelline Color Elixir in Signature Scarlet ($8.99), Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Striking and Standout ($8.99), Benefit Benetint ($30)

F-Bomb from Urban Decay is one of my favorite lipsticks. The formula of the Urban Decay lipsticks are to die for, long lasting, they don't dry out your lips, leave you with a creamy, semi-matte finish, and don't bleed. They are highly-pigmented and are easily buildable and blendable if needed. It does not feel sticky and can feel a bit heavy on the lips if you aren't used to lipstick but you can blot it as needed or apply with a brush for more control.

Ruby Woo from MAC is my other go to red lipstick. You can see from the swatch that it is a little brighter than Urban Decay's F-Bomb. It is a blue based, highly pigmented, matte lipstick. It is long lasting and does not bleed but like all truly matte lipsticks it is very drying.

Come to Bed Red by Butter is a very thick lipgloss. I love this color alone or on top of a light layer of red lipstick or lip pencil. It is fairly thick but doesn't feel too sticky if lightly blotted, and it does not build up in the corners of the mouth. I'm not a fan of lip glosses but this is one of the few that I use. It also smells deliciously of cherries.

Maybelline Color Elixir is a no-go for me. There us not single thing I like about this product. It is highly pigmented, thick, and very sticky. The product builds up in the corners of mouth and bleeds no matter how little you put on. It takes gloss to a whole new level and makes my lips seem over glossy and almost plastic and fake.

Revlon Just Bitten Matte Balms are one of my favorite lip products released this year. The colors are wearable, long lasting, and almost universally fitting. Stricking has a bit more orange to it so I find that it sometimes looks strange on me unless I have used a tanner. Standout is a beautiful, darker red. All of the Matte Balms last a good while and feel very light on the lips. They have a creamy, semi-matte finish that does not dry out the lips with the signature minty feel to them. Confession: I picked up every color in the Matte formula because I couldn't get enough.

Last we have Benetint. For those of you who like a more natural looking lip but want a rose tint to them this is where to go. It even smells of roses! I use it all the time for a "no makeup" look and will even add a bit to my cheek bones to give myself a bi of a rosey color.

Some quick tips for great red lips:

  • scrub those babies! A great lip scrub before you start your makeup is a huge difference! I use a lip scrub from Lush but there are tons of recipes you can do at home. Just scrub with some on your finger and lick off. Then apply your favorite moisturizing balm after applying your foundation to moisturize while you do the rest of your makeup.
  • neutralize the lip. The color of your lip can change the color of a lipstick. If I don't like the combination or I want a more true color I will put a bit of concealer on my lips to neutralize the color.
  • Lip pencil- You can either line your lips in the color and then fill in with lipstick or you can fill in your whole lip with the pencil first. Sometimes I will use a darker color pencil under the lipstick to make it a different color or I will use it on the outside and shade in and blend to make a bit of an ombre lip. This will also help keep color from bleeding.
  • lip brush: for precision and more control over your application use a brush.
  • To help keep lip color from bleeding there are a few things you can do. One is to put less lipstick on altogether. Another is to apply, blot excess, apply again, blot, repeat. This method adds more pigment but takes a lot of the extra oils out which cause it to bleed. Lastly you can line the outside of your lips with a skin colored pencil or your concealer.


  1. You should try Rimmel Apocalips in the color Big Bang, it's easily one of the most gorgeous bright red lip lacquers I've ever bought!

    1. I deffo will! thanks for the recommendation!