Yikes, I hate wearing red, garish lips so much – two years ago I would’ve probably bought about five from boots or superdrug, I was just getting into makeup, but why I thought that buying red lipsticks were a necessary at that point I have no idea. Trust me, I wore probably one of them once – let’s just say I wasn’t the greatest buyer when I first started wearing makeup…
Two years later and my loathing for a red lip hasn’t really changed. I love the look on people but on me I feel it looks so fake – yet it doesn’t mean I don’t have to stray away from bright colours all together, maybe pink is just more my vibe (although something you don’t know is I LOVE dark red lips for winter).
The first red lipstick I actually wore was Topshop’s Rio Rio, it also still happens to be the only topshop lipstick I own – which is surprising because I love the texture of the lipstick! It’s a very bright red and is one of Topshop’s signature shades as it’s currently available in the special rose gold packaging so it must be popular! In my opinion, if you want to try out red lipstick, don’t go for a Mac lipstick, because what if you hate it? Save a bit of money and buy a topshop/drugstore one instead – if you like it, then you can splash out on a Mac! (Ruby woo looks incredible for a red lip with slight pink undertones!) A lipstick I’m pretty sure Zoella loves is the Rimmel Kate Moss lipstick in 110 (why can’t they have cute names)? It’s a more orange toned red and not really my favourite – maybe if I was more confident, but unfortunately I’m not so I’m STAYING AWAY FROM ORANGE. If you’re only just starting wearing a bold red lip I would stay away from orange tones (unless you know you suit it or love it).
For a sheerer alternative (and one I actually feel comfortable wearing) the revlon lip butter in candy apple is a great option. Revlon lip products should be raved on about so much more than they are, all the ones I’ve tried are fantastic and at such a great price. The revlon lip butters are no different, they’re gorgeous for summer as well – a tint of colour with a surge of moisturisation! Candy apple is a gorgeous red, the other shade in the range that would be perfect is cherry tart – a deeper red. I might have to purchase that as I’ve seen swatches and it looks gorgeous!
If you’re not so comfortable with going all out for a bright red this summer, why not go for a pink? This may look surprising but the bourjois rouge edition velvet lipstick in nudist and happy nude year are not quite nude. For me they’re more a bright nude, especially happy nude year. I love the formula and the lasting power of the lip stain/liquid lipstick is so good but the shades don’t match the name! Despite this, I love these lipsticks for a more toned down bright lip option. Another great bright lipstick is a deep pink from MAC called crosswires. For someone who’s not that comfortable with wearing bright colours – I LOVE this lipstick! As a creamsheen it’s buildable which is great!
Just a few lip options for the person who may be scared of wearing a bright lip. I’m going to be totally honest here, writing this post has actually made me more confident to wear a bright lip! Maybe this summer I’ll actually wear one outside!!