Singaporebrides | Beauty

January 2011

Read My Scarlet Lips

There has been a resurgence of the red lipstick that has swept the runways and streets; women have been sporting scarlet puckers that had been popularised by pinup girls during the 1940s, and there’s no reason why you should not the belle of your ball and top your frothy white gown with lips a stunning shade of crimson.

When deciding whether or not to wear red lipstick for your wedding, one of the first things you should consider is whether or not you would be comfortable with it. Unlike nude shades, red lipstick would require reapplication more often, particularly if you are planning on drinking, eating or locking lips with your groom. In addition, first-time red lipstick wearers tend to get overwhelmed by the pop of colour on their faces. While red lipstick will make anybody look glamourous almost instantly, being comfortable with how you look on your big day should be a main priority.

Take cues from vintage pin ups when you sport scarlet puckers – keep the rest of your make-up minimal. You don’t want to come across as over-the-top, just effortlessly classy. Contrary to popular belief, Asians can pull off red lipstick. Popular Asian Tinseltown minx, Lucy Liu, proves this myth wrong. She has repeatedly rocked red carpets in red lips, both in darker as well as brighter shades.

While your makeup artist will help you pick the right shade for your wedding day, here are four classic reds we’ve tried and tested that you can paint your puckers with, particularly if you’d like to experiment with wearing them beforehand:

Left to right: MAC’s Russian Red, Chanel’s Passion & Revlon’s Love That Red.

MAC – Russian Red

This Russian never had a recession. MAC’s Russian Red is the company’s top selling red lip colour for years since it was launched in the ’80s. It is a deep matte shade of red and is suited for ladies with a cool-toned skin. The Russian Red is a matte colour, so it may be a little drying on your lips.

Chanel – Passion

There’s a reason why people associate Chanel with timelessness, and like their iconic handbags, Chanel’s Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Passion is as classic as their lip colour can get. The juicy tomato red is fortified with vitamin E and shea butter for soft, plumpy lips.

Revlon – Love That Red

Part of Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick range, Love That Red was launched in 1951 but it is still stocked in make-up counters and drugstores the world over. The secret to its roaring success is a shade that flatters all skin tones because it is neither too cool nor too warm.

Bobbi Brown – Cassis

Not shown here, Bobbi Brown’s Cassis is very suitable for tanned girls. This red is a deeper red; it is actually a deep port wine which is stunning on dark Indian skintones, or very fair skin as well. It’s a sexy deep red that will make you want to put your hair into pincurls and shimmy into a flapper dress and high heels. Not that that’s a bad thing, of course!

Andrea Claire, renowned make-up artist, dishes out a few scarlet lip tricks:

  • Get longevity with your red lipstick by basing your lips with a red stain, or even food colouring.
  • A red lipstick must is to use a red lip liner, which helps to seal the edges to prevent bleeding of colour. Apply over your entire lip, which helps with the longevity of your lipstick.
  • Trying to keep the lipstick off your teeth? Close your mouth around your index finger and slowly slide it out.  (Be aware of who’s watching you do this, it’s not very ladylike, but it does the trick!)