So…remember a while back I wrote a post basically complaining about how horrible I looked in red lipstick and despite what is said, there isn’t a red lipstick for everywoman! To refresh your memory or if you haven’t read it, here’s the post: Not All Women Over a Certain Age Can Wear Red Lipstick….
And boy, I’ve been avoiding red lipstick like the plague. My go-to lips are either a nude color or a nice light pink but red….nuh unh.
A light pinky-nude is what I’m usually wearing. Until it wears off.
But something happened. I’m on a three-month auto-delivery for my favorite eye-brightening powder/concealer however you want to categorize it. bareMinerals Well-Rested. I can’t live without it. And with every delivery comes a free sample of one of the brand’s products.
An old Well-Rested. I sweat the 3-month timing on the auto-delivery is perfect because just as I’m running out…a new one pops up at the door!
This time it was a sample of Statement Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade VIP. And after looking at it I threw it in a pile to be thrown out with the trash. But something happened. Last night as I was tidying up, I had a change of heart and decided to at least try it on before saying bye-bye to it.
My little sample lipstick. This packs a punch of red for sure!
I didn’t even prep my lips with moisturizer or concealer to tone down my natural pigment. I applied it straight to my naked mouth. And when I looked in the mirror, I did a double-take. It looked good.
Who’d a thunk I would find a red lipstick that worked for me?
Actually, it looked great. I was shook! And pleasantly surprised.
This little sample really made a big impact!
But today I decided to take it a step further.
Kept it simple to focus on the lips!
Since I’m not wearing foundation or concealer on my face during the summer, I decided to even tread lightly with the eye makeup today and concentrate on the lips. I did the brows, added my Well-Rested for some brightening (I didn’t even care about diminishing the “hood” on my hooded eyes), added mascara and tight lined my eyes.
There was a bit of prep work…
Then I prepped my lips. I did apply a touch of liquid concealer to tone down my natural pigmentation and did outline my lips in NYX’ Wonder Pencil.
NYX Wonder Pencil. This is GREAT for protecting lips against bleeding lipstick!
I’ve been using this pencil for years and find it really does help to stop lipstick from bleeding.
I sorta like less makeup on the eyes with a red lip too!
Then I carefully applied the liquid lipstick. I did take my time simply because I was wearing it to the office and didn’t want to overdo it.
Surprisingly, the lipstick stayed put all day. It faded a bit but the stain was still put. I drank four cans of La Croix water and when I arrived home, I was shocked that there was a still a good amount of lipstick on me!
This photo was taken shortly after dinner this evening. I got hair mail today. Do you like it? Anyway, as you can see, the lipstick is still on. Faded but still stained. This is after 12 hours and after dinner!!!!!! And I NEVER reapply. I’m lazy!!!
Now…I wouldn’t wear a red lip every day. I’m simply too lazy with the preparation—especially since my lips have a tendency to chap. Red lipstick on chapped lips isn’t the greatest look.
But…bareMinerals states that this lipstick is hydrating. It’s weird because matte lipsticks aren’t known for being hydrating but…my mouth never felt dry during the day. So, I’m thinking there’s something to this.
Overall, a great, great red lipstick!
Will I purchase this after the sample is gone? No. I’m heading to the mall later this week to the bareMinerals store to purchase it before the sample is gone!
For special occasions, this is fabulous. I’m taking it with me for Oona’s wedding. She’s going to have a makeup artist to do our makeup and I’m thinking for photographs; this may be a decent shade—but I’ll leave that up to the bride and the makeup artist!
OVERALL FOR A RED LIPSTICK—I give it an A+. It’s cool-toned skin friendly, mature woman friendly and stays on all day, albeit fades it still stays!
Now for some randomness.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll see that I post photos of my outfits of the day. Lately, I’m getting into what inspires my ensembles.
Two that were fun are from this week! With one of my childhood schoolmates visiting Paris and other parts of France, I thought it would be fun to be inspired by the striped columns at the Palais Royal. I wore a black and white jumpsuit purchased last summer at Marshalls for $19.99!
Inspiration in the form of the columns at the Palais Royal in Paris! I’m wearing my black Rondini sandals that were purchased in St. Tropez. Very French-inspired!
I wore my Estetica Designs Alden wig pulled in a side ponytail and wore very neutral lipstick. In hindsight, I shoulda worn the red lipstick.
The Alden wig looks great in a side ponytail but I could’ve used a bit more lip color. I kept it too neutral. Oh well!
Today my inspiration was from the newspaper. Black, white and “read” all over. But in my case, it was black, white and “red” all over! Red shoes. Red lips and my skin are a bit red from the sun!
My inspiration for today! Black. White and Read/Red all over!
I love my red shoes and Chippy loves the fake tanner on my legs. My toe is still not healed so I had to take the shoes off at work!
Overall, I’m so happy with today’s look! Gray and red look great together!
Another bit of randomness. Last night an old dance mom friend sent me a message with a photo of engraving detail. It’s from a perpetual trophy her daughter received. From Oona’s old Irish Dance School. It was given to her as an exemplary student of the school who personified hard work, a positive attitude and good sportsmanship. And she showed me who’s name was on it from years past.
Oona is at the top and it’s so nice to see familiar names!!!
My daughter received in back in 2002 when she was 13 and I remember how proud of her I was. It was such a wonderful memory. And it was great to know that one of my old dance moms friends daughter received it!
I’m off to ponder what to make for dinner this weekend. Yeah. I realize it’s Tuesday but Roman will be spending the weekend with is so I’m in “mom” mode right now!
Thumbs up for red lips and randomness!!!
Did you ever change your mind about something? Like a hair style or makeup or anything? I’m kind of happy that I changed my mind about trashing that sample lippie!!!