The Right Time for Red

Happy Valentine’s Day! I thought a post on red lipstick would be particularly appropriate today…

For at least three years now, women’s fashion magazines have been telling us that deep shades of lipstick are having a moment. As a pasty office worker, I love the way a bright lip pops my face and my outfit. But, I’ve come to realize that a conservative office full of men is not really the place to experiment with lipstick. They tolerate pinks, nudes, and basically any shade of gloss.

Berry, fushia, red…there’s a time, place, and occasion to wear them appropriately. For me, one of these is my volunteer post at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Really, if you can’t be a little experimental with your makeup amongst the Warhols and Lichtensteins, where can you?

For the truly deep shade of red I decided to rock last Saturday, the rest of one’s makeup should be glowy and fresh. I skipped any undereye-liner in favor of a single black gel line on top, paired with a light mauve shadow and black mascara (also, upper lashes only). The lipstick got several comments at the museum, and necessitated me pulling the tube out of my bag several times for passersby.

For those who want to know: Lipstick: Stila Stay All Day in Beso, Eyeshadow: Urban Decay Naked3 palette, Face: BareMinerals Pure Transformation Night Treatment in Light (yes, I wear it during the day) and Nars Blush in Orgasm. Earrings: Stella & Dot (similar). Top: Catherine Malandrino (similar). Trying to get a proper representation of my makeup and hair resulted in me taking far too many photos – here’s a sample of the silliness:

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I hope you will find your moment to try this powerful statement of femininity. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.



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