Three Ways to Wear Red Lipstick

Three Ways to Wear Red Lipstick I’m not a habitual red lipstick-wearer, my personal preference being a slick of tinted balm or a nude-ish lip shade, but ’tis the festive season (ugh) and I thought I’d do some jazzing up of my makeup routine. Surprisingly, I am now more than a little bit partial to some red lippie – I am currently ‘testing the waters’ by wearing it strictly behind closed doors, but once I have finished frightening the life out of Mr AMR and Ted the Kitten I shall unleash my new look upon the rest of the world!

Three variations are shown in the video below – I hope you like them. I want to say that version three is my favourite, but I’d only be saying that because I love the eye look so much (YSL’s gel liner in Bronze-Black is this month’s must-have and I think it’s on sale at Debenhams at the mo: On ‘lip’ merits alone, I’d have to say that the middle makeup look is my favourite – bold, sexy, glossy, glam. The screen grab is shown at the top of the page.

(Please be warned when attempting any red lip look: you may not eat, drink, talk or move for the entire day once you have applied. If you do any of the aforementioned activities, you will have red smears all over your face, hands, clothes and teeth. To minimise these dangers, you can blot between applications or choose one of those super-duper long-lasting formulas that are out there, but I sometimes find all this a bit drying. Oooh! Just remembered, and can’t believe I didn’t put it in this video – the Pixi Lip Blush in LOVE! That would be a good option…)

All details and product links are below the video pane!


 Nail Polish throughout is Ciaté ‘Fit for a Queen’.

 Soap and Glory Foundation in ‘A Good Light’, £11:

 Vichy Foundation in shade 13, £19:

 All for Eve red lipstick, £10.50:

 Jemma Kidd Ultimate Lipstick Duo in Scarlet, £10.50:

 Jemma Kidd Lip Line Duo in Red, £11.25:

 Sue Devitt Icelandic Fjords Palette – Fenwick’s London

 Sisley Khaki Pencil, £30.50:

 POP Ink Outliner. £10:

 YSL Eyeliner Faux Cils in Bronze Black, reduced today from £20 to £17:

 YSL White ‘Le Smoking’ Tuxedo Palette, reduced from £39 to £33.15;

 Burberry Light Glow, Russet Blush No 01, £29:

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  1. December 13, 2011 / 8:41 am

    Look 3 is so pretty.
    I love MAC’s See Sheer lipstick. Its described as grapefruit pink buts its more red than that and its completely wearable day-to-day, i’ve been wearing it pretty much daily since mid September.

  2. teenee
    December 13, 2011 / 2:00 pm

    this was very helpful ruth! thank you :)

  3. December 13, 2011 / 2:22 pm

    Loved this vid! Actually used your look #1 for a special evening and just blogged about it :)

  4. Rosa
    December 13, 2011 / 9:10 pm

    Hi Ruth, I have a fashion related question. I have been looking at that T bags maxi dress that you posted about earlier. Do you think it would be appropriate to wear to a wedding in January? Otherwise, what would you wear to a winter wedding?

    • Ruth
      December 13, 2011 / 11:19 pm

      @Rosa yes, totally!!!!!!! You could wear a little furry shrug or cropped furry jacket over it, it would look so glam xx

  5. Rosa
    December 14, 2011 / 12:00 am

    Thank you so much Ruth! Also, may I ask what size you got?
    Thanks again!

    • Ruth
      December 14, 2011 / 12:22 am

      @Rosa xs! xx

  6. Cackers
    December 14, 2011 / 2:29 pm

    Hi Ruth, this vid was so useful as I have purchased so many reds over the years but never quite found the right one. I will now try these. On look 3 you say you have had your make up on all day do you know what shadow you had on as it was a really pretty colour? Thanks, I’m off to buy some new lippie- Yipeee x

  7. December 15, 2011 / 10:06 am

    i much prefer nude/tinted lips as well. I did try red lipstick for the first time in one of my recent holiday posts though…i think i could work it for the holidays. it’s definately more festive than regular nude lips!

  8. Alice
    January 26, 2012 / 9:20 pm

    If anyone’s interested, the ‘All For Eve’ lipstick is £5.50 at the moment on The videos are so helpful by the way :) x

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