I like things simple. Well, most of the time. I’d like it very much if I can find the best way to streamline my work and activities, including all the idiosyncratic routines than I go through everyday. Makeup and skin care have been cautiously classified under the uncommon love-hate affinity. Love what they do for me, hate the work required. If only I can do magic or that I was born perfect but then again, that’s the inner lethargic me talking. It is more fulfilling a life if one works toward getting what they want, works with what they are given and develops to their fullest potential. However, I go back to what I had first said — I try to keep things simple. Embracing a skincare regimen (et. al.) that sits well with my schedule. And, now, wearing makeup only if I have to (or I think I need to, haha).
When it comes to lipstick, I like the safer shades. For someone who loves lippies, I’m still not the adventurous type. Sure, I would venture to try different sorts but I’m not the type who’d wear coral (or some beauty colour trend) simply because it’s cool. If something doesn’t look right to whatever “formula” for my look (everyone has one, I reckon) that I may have in my head, I really won’t go for it. Know what I mean?
But there’s something about a tube of red lipstick that screams, “Woman!” — somehow capturing the gender’s savoir faire and passionate essence.
I want one. It’s the first shade I ever dared wear when I discovered that lipsticks aren’t crayons (and that colouring past the lines will not make a pretty picture — cute on a kid, hilarious on a grown female, haha). Seeing women with red lips create certain impressions in my mind. I imagine it chic on Greta Garbo, sultry on Marilyn Monroe, notorious on Betty Page and, yes, a rockstar-esque quality on Courtney Love. I do think sporting red lips on photographs can create a literal characterization of a gender and yet can present a delicious metaphor.
CoverGirl Philippines gave me an opportunity to give this fancy a dip and a twirl. I don’t own dark lippies, much less red ones, so indulging this red lip caprice can be a bit difficult. A couple of shades (Burn and Fervor) from their Lip Perfection Bullet Lipstick line, known for its ability to sustain moisture levels on the lips, which promises to improve lip condition over time (in 7 days, they said) and, of course, use. I also have the CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipliner in Radiant 230.
CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipcolor: Lipstick price Php 395.00; Lipliner price Php 325.00
Armed with dark and darker shades, I gave a gloomy Saturday afternoon a bit of colour.
In FERVOR and Witchery — passion and warmth
The lippie application was painless; glides on with ease. I’m a little doubtful with its staying power but, hey, just bring it with you and do a retouch as needed. Though darker than what I usually wear , Fervor is more brown than red, which scratches this shade out from the running. Also, the CoverGirl Lipliner that I have works better with this shade than the other lipstick I got to try.
In BURN and RayBan Wayfarers — flushed and on fire
Like magic, I saw myself differently as soon as I had it on. More playfully coquettish. But I also felt like having my photo taken with just a white t-shirt with a pair of red stiletto pumps on — so brazen and provocative.
It’s rather odd how a simple tube of red lipstick can serve as a catalyst for a quick transformation from ho-hum to vigor, however temporary the change was. Soon as things settled, I did feel a tad bit nekkid when I wiped the red lipstick off with a tissue. It seemed like I had taken off a mask instead of just lip makeup.
If not CoverGirl’s Burn, I must keep an eye out for a good — if searching for the best will prove to be too taxing — red lipstick. How about you? If you were to name your top 3 red lipsticks, which ones will make it to your list? Do share!