Favorites: Red Lipstick

Pink may be my favorite color, but when it comes to lipstick red is my go to hue. I'm usually wearing red lipstick about 90% of the time...and even that isn't nearly enough. Since I often get asked what shade of lipstick I'm wearing, I thought it would be fun to put together my current five favorite lip colors that are in my makeup bag. What I love about all of these is how long they last. Long lasting red lipstick is super important to me! I don't want to be applying it every few hours.

To me this color is the purest red I have found. When you think red lips, you think Russian Red!

This is a brighter red with a slight orange tint to it. It instantly brightens up my face when I wear it.

This shade of red is leaning a little more to the violet and berry end of the spectrum. I wear this for a more dramatic and sultry look.

This feels like a gloss, but holds up like a stain. This shade of red leaves my lips looking like I just ate a bowl full of cherries.

When I really want bright and bold lips I wear this lip stain. This color literally lasts all day and it isn't drying like how stains typically are.

Do you have a favorite shade of red? Please share it in the comment section below...as I'm always wanting to try out new makeup (especially when they are recommended). 

Step By Step- The Perfect Red Lip

What I really wanted to do today was an outfit post outdoors in my neighboorhood. But with the "feels like temperture" in the negatives and a massive fire two blocks from my apartment, that was not going to happen. So I thought I'd spend some time indoors and create a little tutorial on how to get the perfect red lip.

I have my lip routine down to a science. Since I wear lipstick (mostly red) almost every single day, I know what works and what doesn't. One of the biggest things I have learned over the years is how to keep my lips looking healthy and not dried out. In my opinion, nothing looks worse that dried, chapped lips that are covered in bold color. It just doesn't work. Here's how I keep my pout healthy and beautiful...

Step #1- Brush your lips lightly with your toothbrush every morning. You will be so surprised how this really does freshen your pout!

Step #2- Use a lip cleanser. I prefer Bliss's Fabulips Foaming Lip Cleanser. I love the effervescent cleansing action! And...it smells fantastic! Seeing this photo reminds me that I need to go get more soon...almost empty...

Step #3- Pick a great shade of red. I must have about 6 or 7 shades of red in my makeup bag, all slightly different. So even though I may wear red lips almost every day I don't get bored with the color. One of my most favorite shades is Sephora's Cream Lip Stain in Always Red. It goes on so beautifully and stays on all day long. 

Step #4- After you remove your lip color moisturize your lips with petroleum jelly. This step really does help keep your lips from drying out. I make this my nightly ritual.

Follow these tips and I promise you beautiful and healthy lips!

Lookin' Fab

One of my favorite all time looks is a little black dress and bright red lipstick. It is so simple and so chic...and everyone can do this! It's so effortless, but will leave you looking like a million bucks.

Here Charlize Theron is showing you exactly what I mean. Okay, I know...Charlize looks amazing in anything! She could wear a garbage bag and look like a goddess. But just look at the elements of this look. There is no reason you couldn't recreate it and look fabulous!

What do you think of this look? Classic or boring???