2016 may be a far cry from the pouts of pin-up magazines stuck onto the walls of M.A.S.H-esque characters, but that only means there is a red lip colour for every occasion. For the busy girl, instinctively knowing which red to reach out for is as important as her morning coffee. Whether it be work, university, drinks after work, date night, or dinner with your girlfriends, the Busy Girl’s Red Lipstick Edit contains 5 very different lipsticks, perfect for every day of the week.
Monday: Power dressing for a class presentation or the office, then drinks with the girls after. Try Topshop Lips in ‘Hazard’ – about $17.00 AUD at the Sydney Store, or order from Topshop UK here
My favourite of the lot. Date night? Great. Work-chic? Check. Event with girlfriends? Works for me! Its a dark, and little vampy. For my warmer skintone, it works very well. The application is matte, and a little drying, so I would suggest using lipbalm, and probably lipliner underneath. For fairer complexions, it may be too overpowering. It’s really pigmented so one swipe is enough, but enough for a quick application and out the door. Team with solid neutrals and structured lines, and let the lipstick steal the show. Feeling a little nautical? Try a breton stripe top, or linen shirt with skinny jeans for a more casual feel.
Tuesday: Important meeting at volunteering, then rushing off to a job interview. Try: L’Oreal Infalliable 2-Step Longwear Lipstick in ‘Continuous Crimson’ – $29.95 AUD at Priceline
L’Oreal usually does very moisturising lip colours, however this was an exception. This is a more muted, slightly brick-toned red with yellow/brown undertones, making it workwear appropriate. This is a longwear lippie, meaning that you apply it with the convenient doe-foot applicator, wait for it to dry, then swipe the attached lip balm on the other end. I find this seriously drying on my unless I use the lipbalm, so if you’re someone who finds that a minus point, then buyer beware. While L’oreal says they use hyaluronic gel for moisture, I don’t find that really works here, but maybe its in the lipbalm. Plus point: the pigmentation of hese longwear lipsticks is phenomenal, and easy to apply. Also, lipliner optional. Try work-chic with a strappy top or a wrap front blouse, covered with navy or black blazer and pants. Accesorise to complement the brick-red of this colour.
Wednesday: Hump day calls for minimal makeup and glowing skin, especially when you’ve got an afternoon class to catch at uni and an assignment due. Try: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in ‘Romantic’ – $17.95 at Priceline
Revlon, you’ve done it again! If you’re after an everyday, university, or ‘I-Work-In-retail look, try Revlon Lip Balm in Romantic (Adore is a good option too). With a peppermint-y scent and a cooling effect, this super moisturising tinted balm is actually long-wearing, meaning that you don’t have to rush to reapply to straight after you’ve taken a sip of your prosecco with the girls. Try a chambray shirt with a layered cardi and slacks, or a structured dress.
Thursday: It’s almost the weekend, and it’s date night straight after class or work. Try: Certainly Red by Revlon – $21.95 AUD at Priceline
This one should be a staple in every makeup lover’s kit – it’s a blueish toned red, perfect for cool and warm skintones, whew! Double duty there. I normally struggle to find the perfect ‘real red’ for myself, and Certainly Red is certainly the ticket. This is more dressy than Hazard, meaning I reserve this for glam occasions. As with all Revlon lipsticks, it’s really moisturising and glossy. Indulging in a bit of post-date doorstep kissing? Fear not, the balm leaves a pretty pinkish-red stain on your mouth, and anyways…he’s not going to see anything in the dark. This colour works beautifully with pink, so go with a pink open-neck top for a bit of tasteful skin, and a side-slit skirt or skinyn jeans.
Friday: It’s basically the weekend, but you’ve got an important class presentation in the morning, after which you’re heading to the beach with your group. Go for: Kiss me Coral by Revlon – $21.95 AUD at Priceline
Not quite red, but I’m including it as its in my arsenal of bright lip colours. This isn’t quite a ‘true coral’ anyways, but more of an orangey-peachy red. And no..it’s not a dupe for MAC Morange, in case you were wondering. I’m loving this during the summer months – coral and peach shades are so in, and Kiss Me Coral makes this runaway trend super-wearable. It’s actually office appropriate too – team it with navy on your outfit, and a simple eye, bold brows and you’re set. Try tones of navy or white to offset the brightness of this lipcolour – just look at Lana!
From boardroom to bar, to bedroom, to classroom.. these reds pack a punch while adding that little je ne sais quoi to your outfit. What is your favourite way to add a little extra something to your OOTD? Do you have a go-to lip colour?