Monday, February 10, 2014

The perfect red lipstick

I have trouble with reds. Mainly because lots of red lipstick has an orangey tint, and I need a blue undertone for my coloring. I've contented myself with buying a dark purple-pink and mixing it with red to get that perfect hue. I'm tired of mixing, so I've taken on the challenge of finding the perfect red shade for me.

My first stop in finding the perfect red was Rachel Khoo's blog. She has a lovely show on BBCA called The Little Paris Kitchen, (she usually has on pink or red lipstick and I had to find out what she was wearing!). Apparently she has left Paris and moved back to London with a new show, Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook: London. I shall seek it out and DVR every episode.

After poking around on her site, I found a list of colors that she likes. Russian Red from M.A.C. seems to be the most blue of the reds she wears and I think I'm going to give it a shot.


Here's the color cube from the M.A.C. site.

In a web search for dupes and swatches, I found this post with another color that looks like it might work. The Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in Sensuelle has a more violet tint to it, but I tend to gravitate to that shade anyway. Love it!

I've learned that one CAN wear just about any shade of red as long as the blush and eye shadow is of the same tonal family (warms, cools, etc.) Orange lipstick just doesn't look good on me without a warm tinted blush and a neutral eye, and a neutral color near my face. It doesn't look fabulous either way, but better than if I wore it with my usual violet eye and pink blush. The same goes for cooler shades of lipstick. If you normally wear warm shades, try a cooler pink lipstick with a cool eye color and cool pink blush. It really makes a difference!

Of course, I will report my findings here. 

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