Nothing attracts attention like the color red. It’s an attention getting hue that’s appropriate for any time of year. If you venture out with bold red lips, you’d better be prepared for all the attention! You have to be confident and calm, cool and collected to pull off a ravishing red mouth. Red fingernails often garner the same attention-getting qualities, so keep your topcoat handy and apply often to keep your manicure looking like it was just done.
How to choose the right red for your skin tone is an age old question. There’s a right red for every diva! Generally speaking, blue-red based reds look good on most skin tones. They make your teeth look whiter and help your skin look more radiant. Orange red undertones and brown-based reds that contain the words ‘tomato’ or ‘tawny’ in the name flatter olive skin tones. Cool skin tones and skin with pink undertones look good in berry, plum or brick based reds. Any diva can successfully sport red lips and nails; it just takes a little experimenting to find out which shades flatter your complexion!
Top Picks for Great Red Lips:
Clinique Angel Red: The ‘Different’ lipstick line from Clinique feels silky on your lips and offers sheer to moderate coverage - great if you’re not the Dita Von Teese type! She looks fabulous, but it may not be your style. Note: Angel Red appears darker in the tube than it does on your lips, so don’t be fooled when you take the top off.
Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Red: This fire engine red lipstick gives creamy, full coverage and a semi matte finish. It works great over a lip plumper or even on top of a shimmering clear gloss. Bobbi certainly excels in creating lovely neutral makeup colors, but with this shade, she proves she has her finger on the pulse of roaring reds as well!
Estee Lauder Signature Lipstick in Rich Red: This is a highly moisturizing tube of lipstick with true depth, color, and a nice shine. Conditioning ingredients keeps lips soft and free from feathering. Use lip liner under this lipstick for staying power, and you’ll be dancing and chatting the night away while maintaining luscious lips.
Fabulous red nail polishes:
OPI Nail Polish in Vodka & Caviar: From the Russian collection, this beautiful red is fun and festive for holiday parties and will help brighten up cold winter days no matter where you are! The new wide brush makes polish application quick and easy, too!
Essie Nail Polish in Who’s She Red: This crimson lacquer fancies up your nails in no time! Essie makes quality polishes that last through all the holiday parties, cooking, and gift wrapping.
SpaRitual Nail Polish in Hunk of Burnin’ Love: This bright, slightly orange red polish from SpaRitual is so hot, you’ll be sure to get complimented on your oh so sexy manicure. Ooh la la!!!