Throughout my lipstick-wearing life, I’ve erred on the side of caution when it comes to shades—soft pinks and those demure nudes that, although they can be quite elegant, hardly turn heads. Red lipstick has always made feel extremely self-conscious, like a life-size caricature. It’s also daunting to apply and exhausting to touch up throughout the day, so I avoided wearing it. I’ve admired women who could wear a red lip during the day and appear entirely unperturbed—they seem so vibrant, so chic, and so daring. Who are these bold creatures and why couldn’t I be one of them?
It became clear to me about a month ago that the only person holding me back was myself, so in an effort to overcome these inhibitions I decided to commit to a weeklong challenge of wearing red lipstick all day, every day. I also reached out to a makeup artist for advice—if I was going to do this, I was going to do this right. Ahead, read about all the practical and personal things I learned along the way.
1. There are so many ways to wear a red lip.
A red lip can mean so many things, from a high gloss to a matte finish to sheer tints and stains that are hydrating minus the whole hair-stuck-to-your-lips thing. I enjoyed playing around with new formulas and textures, including my new favorite, a liquid powder.