I’m going California casual for the summer. Since this is the year I will learn to work with my waves and curls, I figure I should wear a uniform that compliments my soon- to-be easy going hair: graphic tees with a touch of neon, cuffed denim shorts, and the perfect orangey-red lipgloss.
I’m embarrassed to admit the amount of time I have devoted to finding the lipgloss.
In November 2010, J.Crew gave all the models in their catalog vermilion lips. Bloggers across the internet wept at the sight. Not since French sailor shirts and peony season has there been such furor online. One day I’m going to wear a striped top, paint my lips in Mac Lady Danger, and clutch a bunch of pink peonies. Then I’ll bide my time and wait for the internet to fall to my feet.
I joke, but that’s only because I don’t have the confidence to pull off opaque lipstick. On very rare occasions I do, but for the most part I feel like a 13 year-old playing in her mom’s makeup drawer. I can’t shake the feeling people are staring at me–or my lips–and my perfectionism is such that I never ascribe anything positive to their perusal. And orangey-red! I never imagined that color would look good on anyone who wasn’t signed to Elite.
Women of Earth: I was wrong.
Anna was the first to give me hope mere mortals could pull it off. Then Nicole mentioned she found the shade incredibly flattering and shared her three favorite orangey-red lipsticks. Done and done; I was ready to hop aboard the trend train, with some modification.
I wanted a wash of orangey-red color, something I could wear alone as a sheer or build up with liner for nights out or dressier outfits. It took me over 12 hours, multiple outings, and three rounds of returns, but I think Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Firecracker is the one. I’ve been wearing it over a week and I’m pretty happy with it. Turns out, lots of people are happy with it. (Redheads, this might be the red for you.)
I’m wearing it alone in the pictures above. I need to find a good lip liner, and I think I’ll get lucky with brands like Nars, Mac, or Laura Mercier. All three brands had lip colors that swayed me, but in the end Revlon won out. You would think I would find a pencil to match from Revlon, but my experience is the opposite. You can find a great lipgloss at the drugstore, but you’re best bet is to shop department store makeup counters for pencils with good pigment in a wide variety of colors.
Here are some other orangey-red lipgloss and lipsticks I liked.
- Lancome Color Fever Lipgloss in Fireworks
- Laura Mercier Gel Lip Colour in Clementine
- Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Shine in Sari d’Eau or Rebelle–I can’t remember! One of the lip lacquers was actually the perfect orangey-red, but I can’t wear lacquers. The hair sticking factor alone–never mind the sucking on a chicken leg look–kills me every time.