Tuesday, 6 November 2012

A red lip

Despite my recent rush of affection for my Nars Schiap lipstick, I have for a long time been a dedicated follower of a red lip. I was prompted to write this post when I realised recently that my all time favourite red lipstick, a true pillar box red, has now been discontinued by Elizabeth Arden. A panicked Google search resulted in a bulk order at a hugely discounted price, so I hope my stash lasts for as long as my lipstick love continues.

{Elizabeth Arden lipstick in marigold available here}

Another great red lippy is Tom Ford's in Cherry Lush. It's expensive, but then the packaging is particularly glamorous, and the texture and pigment is fabulous. I borrowed my friend's and had trouble returning it.

{Tom Ford lipstick in Cherry Lush available here}

I once met lipstick doyenne Poppy King when she spoke at an event, and have been a little enamoured with her ever since. She's a lady who wears a lipstick well, favouring a strong lipstick in lieu of any other obvious make-up. I tried her Saint Red lipstick (and I also use Saint Rose regularly) and like it for being a more everyday red than the Elizabeth Arden or Tom Lush lippies above. Her collaboration with No7 has resulted in a edited collection of brilliant quality lipsticks, which are currently on buy one get one half price at Boots - a lovely stocking filler.

{Lipstick Queen in Saint Red, £18 SpaceNK}

No7 Poppy King Lipstick in History, £10.95 Boots

I was in Boots a couple of weeks ago when the Revlon range was on 3 for 2 - I bought a couple of nail varnishes and a great orange lipstick. Revlon's lipsticks are impressive for the quality and price, and Red Lacquer is my favourite of their reds. Its classy packaging keeps things chic and this one is also on buy one one get one half price at the mo.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Red Lacquer, £7.49 Boots

I like to wear my red lipstick without a lip liner, which gives it a modern edge. But if you're a fan of a lined lip, then Barry M's lip liner in LL113, £2.99 Barry M or No 7's Precision Lips Liner in 15 Fire, £6.75 Boots are both great. They also work well on there own, by just lining and filling in the lip, with a little lip balm over the top.

I find a strong red lip gives you a chance to give your other usual make-up a rest, and so it can really be a time-saving option or a whole look in one slick, if you're caught on the hop. It's perfect for those straight-from-the-office occasions or for a few drinks in the evening when you've been out all day without the chance to nip home first. 


  1. Red lips rule! I love red lippy set against a flawless complexion (achieved by applying perfectly blended foundation of course), clean nude eyelids, black mascara and a swish of flicked black gel ink eyeliner along the upper lashes only. It is glamour and purity combined!

  2. Did you recognise your Tom Ford beauty? Tis a corker of a lippy. Yes, I too like that flawless look - what kind of blushes would you wear with it? X

  3. You see, with red lipstick, I think it can make the colour drain out of your face a tad, so a little wash of blusher is a good thing - this one by Chanel looks like it's do the job tres nicely: