Dark lip colors are a huge part of the transition from a teenager to a young adult. I was 17 when I started wearing red lipstick, and before that, I just remember being a wallflower who had given up on blooming altogether. But looking at the way red lipstick could transform my face and brighten up my wheatish-olivey complexion and really accentuate my pout would flood me with confidence, along with getting an 18 year old me inside all the clubs without being requested to show an ID.
I am a true and hard core fan of red lipsticks, liquid mattes, lip crayons, lip gels, lip pencils- you name it! I just can’t help but pick red over every other color, particularly maroons.
Let me tell you why…
Who Wants Vampy Lips Anyway?
A vampy look is always nice to strike an out of the ordinary, exclusive statement that would just stun everybody with how dramatically changed you look. But hey, who wants to look vampy all the time? Sure, a dark maroon lipstick can really emphasize your lips, and make you look like what, Ursula the purple villain from Ariel, the Little Mermaid?
Colors that often look good on fashion runways, glossy magazines and beauty bloggers undergo a great deal of photo editing. Even if you try out a maroon shade and it surprises you by complimenting your lip shape and skin tone, would you buy it?
Off Limits in Formal Settings
Now as much as I enjoy wearing red at my university, a maroon or berry shade would just throw me off balance, and may be, steal away some of my confidence too. It’s too dark and bold a hue to be flaunted at college or any other professional, work-related setting, because this dark hue channels a very mature and sultry side of personality.
As much as I love the classic chicness and panache of flaunting red lips, vampy sultriness is simply not the card I want to play, no sir, I’m not a lady like that!
Vampy maroon lips cast off this weird evil vibe that in our society might put you off balance with some rishta aunties who might suspect you casting an evil spell on their sons. Well, not really, but you have to admit, as soon as one applies a maroon lip color, one tends to appear genuinely evil and sufficiently sultry.
Even if you have a very fair skin tone, a dark one or a dusky and olive one like mine, maroon lips just don’t seem to blend in, they always stand out so starkly unable to blend into whichever makeup look they are paired up with. I pretty much look like an Ethiopian who ate purple paint so it is certainly not an option for me.
When in doubt, Wear Red
You simply have to see the light red lipstick is the cure to everything and all things bad about this world. Well, not global warming and inflation, but problems like bad hair days, quick skin oil fix, horribly noticeable pimples, feeling weak in the knees due to stage fright, a surge of confidence to woo a hot date, do the sexy walk in front of your crush to make him turn, a desperately important presentation, a power event at work, and all those other big-little things that are meant to be the whole world to us.
Remember, there’s a shade of red for every woman, and listed below are some of my most favorite reds!
- Russian Red by MAC
- Red Velvet in Lime Crime Velvetines
- Cheerleader in Huda Beauty Lip Mattes
- Ruby Woo by MAC
- Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge in M-402
- Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick