Wow, I received a great response from last week’s post on my newfound affordable red lipstick. Thank you for all the emails and commentary! Wanted to follow up on three things related to the post. Warning: I’m on a style tangent today, so grab a cup of coffee.
1. ELEGANT BLONDE LOOK. While sourcing images for last week’s post, I specifically had a hard time finding inspiration shots of elegant, fair-complected blondes. There was a certain classic blonde image I had in my head (other than Grace Kelly) but for the life of me I could not put my finger on who it was. At some crazy hour one night it hit me like a ton of bricks – it was the late Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. How could I have ever forgotten this Über chic blonde beauty?
I know this shot is a hundred years old and grainy, but hello Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy totally rocked this regal black Yohji Yamamoto frock. The low bun, red lips, strappy heels and dress all together? Mind blowing. I could faint. Oh and the Prince-of-a-husband on her arm doesn’t exactly hurt the overall aesthetic.
Ahhh, a better shot.
Her style was classic yet modern, unfussy and sophisticated. And that unforgettable signature red lip.
Remember Carolyn’s official introduction to the press by her dashing husband JFK, Jr.? Her outfit is perfection. Nearly 14 years later, her fashion choices are still iconic.
“If you’re going to wear really bold colors or prints, the fabric has to be really nice. If you’re not going to spend tons of money, you should stick to gray, navy, black, nudes and white. It usually works.”
Could not agree any more with that philosophy. I also like the way she never smothered her eyes in gobs of eyeliner and shadow. She kept the make-up very simple and clean. Much like her fashion choices.
In my opinion, the rule to pulling off red lips is this: the brighter the lip, the softer the eye. There are exceptions to this rule, but they usually involve a make-up artist, a red carpet or a runway ; )
She too loved a tailored white oxford.
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2. LIPSTICK PRICE & ANOTHER COLOR. A commenter in Europe gawked at the price of the Kate Moss lipstick I shared, saying it was nearly $10. I had remembered it being in the $3 family due to the signage in the drug store. I panicked a little thinking that I misrepresented the “bargain” price, so this week I double checked at Walmart, Target and Walgreens, and this lipstick price ranges from $3.99 – $6.99.
While checking prices, I couldn’t help but explore some of the other Kate Moss reds. Found this red that is truly a great shade for fair-complected blondes. It’s a tangy, slightly coral-based red. Color #12. Great spring red for a blonde! I actually bought this for myself to try out but found it to be a little too light and bright for my coloring. In an attempt to darken it, I applied my magical Revlon Sienna lip liner as a base under the lipstick. It was still too light for me. I talked about my trusty Revlon lip liner ages ago over here. I hope they never discontinue it!
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3. BROWN EYES & RED LIPS. Another reader, Rose, asked a good question in my previous post: Can those with dark eyes wear red lips equally as well as those with light eyes?
My answer is an emphatic ABSOLUTELY! I have two great examples, starting with French film star, Audrey Tautou.
She is another classic beauty. And notice the minimalist make-up here. Repeat to ourselves: simple is chic, simple is chic.
Who could forget her gripping performance as Chanel in Coco Before Chanel, to this day one of my very movies. It’s a must see. I wrote a long post about that movie over here.
And then there’s Academy award-winning Anne Hathaway, with those doe eyes and perfect brows. Who am I kidding, she has the perfect everything You can see the red lips go beautifully with her hair dark or with highlights. I personally think she’s far more striking with darker locks.
Anne has always had such a feminine quality with her long hair and full lips. It’s incredible how she chopped her hair for one particular scene in her role in Les Misérables. It should totally be against the law to butcher gorgeous, shiny, thick, perfect hair, but this case obviously gets a free pass, ha.
She still brought those red perfect lips to the Oscars!
So there you have it, one more red lips post. Whew, I think we’re covered for a while.