Red Lips For Valentine’s Day


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. Instead of forcing “romance” into your life or relationship, why not focus on something nice for yourself instead? I spoke about red nails earlier this week, but a dash of red lipstick is another way to brighten your day.

Who suits red lipstick?

The other day a friend of mine said she thought red lipstick didn’t suit her dark skin. To that I say, “pffffftttt, wrong!” But I understand where she’s coming from and the caution she feels. Red lipstick is bold. It’s eye-catching and for those of us who don’t ooze self-confidence that can be a little daunting.


The lovely Rita

I’m a newbie when it comes to wearing red. I’ve discussed my lipstick phobia before and this blog is helping me overcome it. “Mainstream” media or the fashion industry are not interested in thin-lipped gals like me. On the rare occasion you do see a small-lipped lassie they tend to wear nude gloss.

But perhaps we shouldn’t think of red lipstick’s purpose as a way to flatter our faces, or make other people think of us as attractive. Instead think of it as a statement. It’s a way to say – I love colour and red picks me up. Our mantra should become: I don’t care if I don’t fit into a mainstream ideal. I don’t care if people think I’m “hot” or “beautiful”. I’m wearing lipstick because it’s bright and fun. I’m wearing lipstick for me.

There are so many types of red. Depending on your skin type, colour or age you can choose from matte, shimmer and blue or orange tones. Having thin or full lips isn’t an excuse to avoid red either. Red lipstick suits everyone. If you don’t believe me, take a look at the photos below.

Dark Skin

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Red Hair


Big lips


Small lips


Feminist sentiments (yes, even the writer of The Beauty Myth wears red lippie)


See, anyone can wear red lipstick.


We feel “rules” are made to be broken. So think of these as guidelines you can mess with. Generally speaking, pale-skinned people suit blue-reds whilst olive to dark skin suits orange-red. The older you are the less flattering shimmer is, especially if it gets into wrinkles – matte is your friend.

What our readers are wearing

After red lipstick inspiration? Here are some ideas:

photo 4Australis firecracker lipliner and cha cha lipstick with intesifeye shadowLisa in cha cha

Chloe, Emma (me) and Lisa in Cha Cha by Australis


Lily in Jitterbug by Australis

Sheridan wearing Strong lipstick by LushShelley wearing Strong lipstick by Lush

Sheridan and Shelley in “Strong” liquid lipstick from Lush’s Emotional Brilliance range

Sheridan wearing A Million Kisses lip tint

Sheridan wearing Lush’s A Million Kisses lip tint


Kate in Natio’s Flame

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Margaret and Chris in Natio’s Rush

Kristen in Adorn's Perfect Pout Deep Red

Kristen in Adorn’s Perfect Pout Deep Red

Happy Valetine’s Day everyone. Let us know what colour you like best in the comments below. X

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2 thoughts on “Red Lips For Valentine’s Day

    • Isn’t it awesome! I love the colour too. It’s $12.95 which is a bargain but some of the feedback I’m getting is that it’s not as long-lasting as more exxy brands. Chloe says it works better with a lipliner underneath for real lasting power. Australis do cheap lipliners too – as do Face of Australia who stock in Priceline 🙂 Would love to see a pic if you get it.

      Happy Valentine’s Day Lisa xo

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