Why do we love red lipstick? Today, I cannot be parted from my beloved red, but when I was younger I often steered clear – not because I didn’t like it, but because I didn’t have the time or patience to worry and fuss about application and re-application all day long. Red lipstick does involve a little more maintenance – but it is well worth the extra effort! Red is always best worn with a lip liner to help reign it in – it can literally get everywhere. While men love how we look – they hate how we transfer the stuff onto their faces and the best shades can get pretty pricey – Chanel, for example, makes some of the best red lipstick available on earth but the price is not what you would pay for a pharmacy brand like Revlon or Cover Girl. I tend to shop somewhere in the middle choosing brands like Nars and Mac – better formulas, longer lasting, but less expensive than Chanel or Dior (both are equally splurge-worthy when it’s in the budget by the way).
Red lipstick undeniably has a psychological effect on us – we associate it with power, sexuality, confidence – sometimes this can be advantageous to women, sometimes a detriment. Red lipstick has long been associated with celebrities and glamour so we naturally correlate the two – Marilyn Monroe, Veronica Lake, Debbie Harry, Madonna, Gwen Stefani and most recently, Taylor Swift, have all harnessed the power of red lipstick – to the extent that we cannot picture these famous women without their signature red lips.
Forget diamonds – red lipsticks are a girl’s best friend…
With so many gorgeous shades of red available, there is a perfect red for everyone. Perhaps this is the biggest reason that we love it so much – it is the one colour that can’t look bad on anyone. Confidence boosting, sexy, eye-catching and perfect in every way – a red lipstick love affair is the best make up decision any girl can make!