By NICKY CHAMP
Repeat after me, my name is [insert yours here] and I have a red lipstick phobia.
Well, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let me tell you about some game-changing little beauties that will change your mind about red lipstick forever.
I’m going to take a couple of wild stabs and guess that you’re reading this because either a) you’ve tried one or two red lipsticks before but thought you closely resembled Ronald McDonald and swiftly wiped it off your face never to be tried again or b) you’ve never tried it before and always wanted to. Or c) used to love it but have been turned off by the chalky, drying formulations or d) like the idea of it but can’t (or don’t know how to) find the right shade. Well guess what, there’s a little something here for everyone. Just think of me as the beauty equivalent of Oprah Winfrey (with sadly, no cars to give away).
But first: one of the secrets to pulling off red lipstick is to keep the rest of your makeup light. One of my favourite make up looks is a matte base (forego the blush and bronzer for a BB cream instead), winged eyeliner and a bright pop of red lippie.
And my number one tip is… drum roll please… confidence, confidence, confidence. It takes a bit of getting used to, but challenge yourself to wear it every day for a week and you’ll be able rock a red lip anytime.
Like a giant crayola for your face, Clinque’s Chubby Sticks are a brilliant choice for lip gloss diehards and lipstick novices.
Sitting somewhere between a coloured lip balm and lip pencil, chubby sticks are buildable meaning you can layer up the colour for a deeper look.
The Chunky Cherry fades to a pinky stain so the application isn’t so intense that you’ll have to constantly worry if it’s on your teeth while you have that all important watercooler conversation.
Easy to apply, fairly fail-proof (don’t colour outside the lines and you’ll be fine) this shade manages to be both translucent and bright. It don’t know how this happens to be, but it just does.