I am personally fascinated by Tom Ford’s ads. His models always look tremendously chic and glamorous with luster red lips and gorgeous voluminous shiny hair.
Red lipstick is one of those beauty staples that never goes out of fashion. It is synonymous with elegance and timeless glamour. It can update your look in seconds – just add a touch of mascara, make sure your skin is clean and luminous, and voila! Your look is effortlessly chic.
Red lipstick is not only made for special occasions, using it on a day-to-day basis can make the rest of your outfit stand out. It also can change your look from day to night when you don’t have time enough to create a full makeup. Red lipstick can be a real game changer so choosing the right shade for you is vital – and make sure to invest in a good one!
Two factors that you need to consider are: your skin undertone and the right formula.
When it comes to price and quality, it’s up to you to decide but my advice is to always go for a trusted high end brand. Those brands try to avoid or minimize the use of toxic chemicals such as aluminum and lead – let me tell you that most brands will never list lead as an ingredient. I always research brands and read on the internet which ones are conscious about dangerous chemicals and are not tested on animals.
Lipsticks can be glossy, deep, bright or matte! A good piece of advice is to search for a shade that goes well with your undertone. For that you need to basically find out if your skin tone is warm or cool. The rich blue-based reds goes perfect with cool undertones – think someone like Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie or Kim Kardashian, and even Penelope Cruz. They can easily wear strong colours with rich blue based reds.
On the other hand the warmer reds that have a touch of yellow-orange – anything leading towards the sunset side of the colour wheel – works well for those with warmer undertones such as Jennifer Lopez, Amanda Seyfried and Rihanna. This is tricky advice but when you know what your real undertone is, it’s easier to choose the right shade of red for your lips and even to choose the right colours for the rest of your makeup such as blush and eye-shadows.
Picking a formula is easy. The true pigments of any colour show better through a matte formula but since matte will not reflect any light, make sure your skin is even and looks flawless. This formula will accentuate any imperfection around it. Creamy formulas will sit better and avoid dehydration. The red glossy formulas tend to lend a sense of high power and true elegance, but make sure your teeth are clean and the rest of the makeup not too heavy to avoid the drag queen Halloween look!
Spend time at the beauty counter and try different shades and formulas until you find the perfect one.
Below is a list of 14 shades of red to choose from:
For our Valentine Special I decided to create a simple makeup emphasizing on the lips.
On our model Olga Poter, I used a strong, bright red wine tone from Tom Ford in Color Black Orchid with a redwine liner from MAC. I added a touch of colorless Lip Gloss from MAC.
Olga wears laura Mercier, Foundation primer in Radiance. Chanel Vitalumiere Satin Fluid in Beige 20 applied with hands. Grandiose Liner- Noir Mirifique from Lancome in color black. And I add some dimension on the eyelids using Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium matte. I filled out a little her eyebrows using Charlotte Tillbury’s eyebrow pencil in supermodel.
No blush or strong contouring was done to balance the look.
Special Thanks to Fashion and Advertising photographer Nasir Rauf www.nasirrauf.com (Instagram: @nasirrauf) & Model Olga Poter (Instagram: @olgapoter)