Ever try to find the “perfect’ red lipstick? It’s like trying to find the infamous black pump or black dress. I bet if I went through any woman’s vanity I would find at least 12 different shades of red lip color.
Why are we so determined to find the perfect red? Or for that matter the perfect coral, or (I don’t understand this one) the perfect nude? I thought nude was a designer’s version of CHAPSTIK.
What makes the buying of lipstick so important to a woman? It is noted that when recession is high the sale of red lipstick increases. How can this be? It appears that when a woman feels depressed, they shop. When they shop, they feel better. But during a recession they don’t have a lot of spending cash. A tube of lipstick does not cost the same as a dress or a purse, but it has the same impact. Or perhaps Wall Street says it better; “more bang for your buck!” A woman can completely feel better about herself without cleaning out her 401K by simply buying a tube of lipstick.
Now comes the hard part; to gloss or not to gloss? The trend right now is for lip color to have a matte finish. Matte gives lips a velvety appearance. Some impart a less dry effect or more of a satin finish. Think of Jean Harlow or Carmen Miranda.they shop, they feel better. But during a recession they don’t have a lot of spending cash. A tube of lipstick does not cost the same as a dress or a purse, but it has the same impact. Or perhaps Wall Street says it better; “more bang for your buck!” A woman can completely feel better about herself without cleaning out her 401K by simply buying a tube of lipstick.
Usually the warmer months, women have a tendency to go lighter in color for their hair as well as their lips color. This year I want you to try something completely different. This spring I want you to think BOLD! Have you ever tried to wear the color orange? Think Halle Berry in Die Another Day. Yes, I know what you are thinking and the answer is no, I haven’t lost my mind. I know that orange, or tangerine is not for everyone. It can look great on Mediterranean (dark and swarthy) skin as well as peaches and cream complexions. Pale skin, red hair and orange lips can be very new and modern; think Jessica Chastain.
When you desire to wear this new shade, make it a statement by keeping the focal point on your lips. Your eye color should be light and simple to balance out the bold lip color. Some other things to consider, if you are light skin… keep it light (perhaps just a stain), and if you are darker, in complexion, wear it deeper.
I know one thing, when you look in your vanity drawer later you will pick up that discarded tube of orange lipstick and smile.
Contributed by Scott Alan Hair Studios, a salon in Aventura, Florida, that has been styling A-listers and local celebs long before South Beach was on the map. Named the “Best Colorist in Miami” by celebrity stylist, Charla Krupp, in her NYT best selling book “How Not to Look Old”, Scott Alan Studio has since become “the place” for men and women who want that something “extra” beyond a cut, color or blow dry.