Don't make the mistake of thinking that red lipstick is easier for beauty-industry types to wear. We might appreciate the impact and admire the shade, but if we're not used to wearing it, like everyone else we avoid wearing bright, bold colour. (I had to do a diary of bold lipsticks to become comfortable in anything but watermelon-hued gloss).
I was delighted to see so much bright lipstick at the P&G Beauty & Grooming Awards last night. Beautygeek Liza Herz (top, right) rocked Covergirl Lip Perfection Pencil in Passion, and a combo Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman put on her last week (er -- last night's was a fresh application): Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Candy Apple topped with ColorBurst Lipgloss in Fire.
Next to Liza is Jennifer Campbell, who I met in her days as online editor at Fashion Magazine. She's now the Senior Digital Editor at Flare.com. Bright red lipstick is her signature look; I've been wanting a photo with her for ages. She's wearing L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Lipstick in British Red, which was discontinued in early 2011. But good news, JC -- it's coming back in 2012!
I'm wearing a creamy, pigment-rich, comfortable lipstick with great staying power. Yves Rocher Moisturizing Cream Lipstick in 101 Framboise, $16, is impressive in its colour payoff and luxurious texture. I'll be wearing this a lot this season.
Another bright-lip hit: pal Laura Carinci, Marketing & Events Co-ordinator for Flare, Today's Parent, glow and Cosmetics magazines, is amazing in Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in Funtime Fuschia (see it in The Kitâ€™s how-to video here and slideshow how-to here), which looks more like raspberry on her. We're all envious of her incredible glowy skin -- could be the three moisturizing face masks + seven serums she applied before hitting the sheets the night before last. Or genetics.
Congratulations to all the P&G Beauty & Grooming Award winners, by the way (very well done Michelle Mullins of LipstickRules.com!) -- click here for a complete list of winners. (And yes, host Kim Cattrall was gorgeous! Too bad Staff is such a tragic photographer. Oy.)
So, are you comfortable with red lipstick? What's your favourite shade? Have you tried any of the colours mentioned in this post? (Have you tried my training program?)
Yves Rocher Moisturizing Cream Lipstick is available via yvesrocher.ca.