This began of course, by raiding my mom's meager stash of cosmetics because of course I'd never bothered to purchase a red gloss or any such thing. Being told I couldn't wear it and all. She had a few shades that were a little too "plum" or "magenta" for me and so those were out.
There was this one skinny green tube buried at the bottom of the drawer, and when I pulled it out to reveal a glossy red product, I was excited. Of course, I should have expected a glossier lip product to go on more sheer than anything, but it was a good start. I still use it from time to time.
I decided to keep looking though, and then I discovered the majesty that is e.l.f. and bought their pigmented red lip balm. This stuff has a minty smell to it (which I LOVE) and also goes on sheer, but it's very moisturizing and great for a lip balm.
Of course, e.l.f. also sells lip stains and so I got one of the pen tip ones in Crimson. What a disappointment. I could hardly get any product out of the pen and what did come out ended up patchy on my lips. No good.
Believe it or not, it was a random run to the Dollar Tree that saved me. I found this little black tube that simply read "rouge" and thought, what the heck?
It's red. It's bright red. And it's a velvety matte texture which is pretty much exactly what I was looking for. The perk? It cost me $1. That's it.
(The photos don't do it justice!)
Tips for Wearing a Red Lip:
~Go neutral on the eyes if you want the lip to be the statement.
~Rock a heavy cat eye for a cool Rockabilly look
~Invest in a lip-liner. This can be skipped if you're just going for a red gloss or balm.
~If you have thin lips, use a lighter or more pink-ish red shade.
~Been thinking about a dark hair color change recently? Go for it, red looks great with dark hair.
~Be confident, red is not for the meek!