|Betty from AMC’s “Mad Men” with classic early 1960’s red lips.
I swoon over her riding outfit too, but you’d never wear a fancy coat
like that around horses if you’ve even been sneezed on by one.
When I was young, red lipstick was a marker of Adult Womanhood. Painting on a persimmon pout, donning a pair of pointy-toed heels…I looked forward to the day when I would step through that threshold.
Then the 60’s happened (and then everything in between). By the end of that decade, only my grandmother still wore red lipstick. I came of age during the Frosted Pink times, and the red lip became dissonant with my demographic.
But I’ve never lost the emotional association of red lipstick with a certain kind of polished, grown-up, elegant style. Periodically, I give it another whirl, but it has yet to “take.” After watching this video of Lisa Eldridge suggesting some colors and demonstrating application of red lipstick, I’ve taken up my quest again. I love the idea of wearing it in a “throwaway” way with more casual attire as she describes.
It’s long, but well worth watching just for her recommendations alone.
I started first with one of the sheer reds she recommends, Dior Addict Extreme “Fireworks.” I acquiesced to a bit of professional application at the Dior counter, and liked it well enough that I’ve picked up a tube and will practice at home a bit. So far I haven’t frightened the dogs, which I take as a good sign.
Here’s how it looked after the visiting Dior makeup artist applied (with a brush).
|Trés dramatique. The lighting is awful too.|
And here’s how it looks with a lighter-handed “at home” application, and in natural light. I think I may keep looking for something a bit more orangey red, but this one is quite daytime-wearable.
Do you wear red lipstick? What are your favorite colors?
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