5 Beauty Bloggers Reveal Their Favourite Red Lipsticks

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Red lipstick is a statement piece. It’s classic, glamorous, and a confidence booster. But for newbies, it can also be intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. Reds are a lot easier to pull off than most people think, and they suit everyone.

Here, five top beauty bloggers share their favourite options for newbies, as well as their all-time favourite red lipstick shades:

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Paris B @ My Women Stuff

All-time favourite: Guerlain Rouge G Garconne 25. It’s deep, intense, long lasting and the perfect red to complement any look!

Best for newbies: this is a tough one but I’d suggest for someone afraid of wearing red lipstick to try something from the Clinique Chubby Stick lip balm or Chubby Stick Intense in a colour like Mightiest Marachino. The texture is sheerer while having slightly bolder colour so they can ease into a brighter lip shade and when they feel comfortable, go for a full, pigmented red lip :) My texture preference is for Chubby Stick Intense :)

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Arianne@ Glitter Geek

All-time favourite: MAC Lady Danger. This orange-red just gives me life! It makes me feel sassy and confident, and the matte texture stays on all day. I don’t mind that it isn’t the most comfortable formula because I really do love it.

Best for newbies: for a starter red, I think a stain texture is best, and it’s quite a pretty effect. You can use any red lipstick for this. Apply by stamping it on your lips and pressing/blending with a clean finger. Blue-based reds are universally flattering and teeth-whitening, so I pick Revlon Raspberry Bite.

allison fave red lipsticks

Allison @ Never Say Die Beauty

All-time favourite: Givenchy Rouges a Levres Lipstick is my all-time favorite, oldie-but-goodie primarily because of the gorgeous 1930s-inspired silver bullet packaging. It harkens from the era of Hollywood glamour when women would pull out and apply their lipstick in restaurants and nightclubs. And the Givenchy red would be perfect for that because it has a built-in mirror. I just adore it! Unfortunately, this particular lipstick is no longer available so I hold onto it as a “museum piece”, lol!

Best for newbies: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick F-Bomb is my current fave because the shade is perfect for me: a true red with just a hint of blue. The color pay-off is just fabulous color! The formula is comfortable to wear and fairly long-lasting.The good news is that it’s widely available and such a great shade for most skin tones.

ling fave red lipsticks

Ling @ The Best Beauty Blog

All-time favourites: I love my red lipsticks so choosing my favourites is so difficult! Drugstore lippies include : NYX Apple and Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 10. Luxe red lippie, Sisley Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick in L33 Rouge Passion.

Best for newbies: Lancome 163M Dans Ses Bras, a vibrant coral watermelon red, is quite a safe one for newbies.

marina fave red lipsticks

Marina @ Makeup 4 All

All- time favourites: I love a good red lip! I have quite a few red lipsticks that I love, so it was very hard to pick up only one, hence here are my three favourites. I personally am not a fan of metallic or shimmery reds, so all of mine have a satin or matte finish. So, here we go:

Daniel Sandler Red Carpet Red
: the name speaks for itself, this is a show-stopper lipstick. I always get a lot of compliments whenever I wear it. I also love that you get an excellent quality product with an affordable price tag.

Ellis Faas L101: Ellis Red is one of the best reds on the market, I have it in an classic opaque formula, Creamy Lips, this is the darkest and the most full-on one from the selection. But it feels light and comfortable on, and you can’t compete with that design.

Lancome L’Absolu Rouge 160 Rouge Hypnose: Lancome lipsticks are among my favourites, they are a cult classic. L’Absolu Rouge has creamy and smooth finish. Black lacquer packaging, with signature golden rose, and a click mechanism – it makes this lipstick a worthy member of every collection.

Best for newbies: I am actually very proud and happy that I was the reason why some of my friends tried red for the first time! So, hopefully, some readers of “Beautiful With Brains” will find my tips useful:

If you feel uncomfortable wearing red out, start wearing it at home by yourself, and later with close friends around to get used to it.

Try and find your red, there are tones of different variants! You go with your girlfriends, and you can always ask a sales assistant to help you out.

Don’t go for full-on opaque shade at first, you can try glosses or sheer textures at first.

I personally would go for a luxury red lipstick. Why? Because when you spend money on something – you appreciate it, and it is special. Because, let’s face it when you get the cheapest red it will be much easier to ignore it.

YSL ‘s Volupte Sheer Candy in 06 Luscious Cherry combines all of the tips above. It is sheer, juicy red that looks amazing on the lips, plus what girl doesn’t want a luxurious beauty product in her makeup bag?

Have you tried any of these? What’s your favourite red lipstick?

Can Cosmetics Magically Change Colour To Match Your Skin And Mood?

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Cosmetic brands are always coming up with some crazy ideas to attract our attention and make us spend our hard-earned cash. Vibrating mascaras, one sweep eyeshadows, BB creams for hair, blushes that match our skintones and moods… That last one is one of the most ridiculous claims I’ve ever heard. How can a blush, or lipstick for that matter, know what your skintone or mood is and change colour accordingly?

That’s definitely a myth, and yet, these products can really change colour slightly upon application, and look a bit differently on every woman. Magic? Nah, just chemistry. ;)

Here’s how they work:

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1. Red 27 changes colour with PH

Red 27 is the most used trick to make a cosmetic change colour. In a waterless base, this red dye is actually colourless. But, when it comes in contact with moisture, the change in ph turns it into a bright pink hue. And that’s exactly what happens when you apply this dye on the skin. It reacts with the moisture in your skin (or even in the air, especially in humid environments), changing colour. This trick is used in Smashbox O-Glow Intuitive Chic Colour and Stila Custom Color Blush.

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2. Encapsulated colourants

Another trick is to coat colourants with waxy or gel-like ingredients, encapsulating them into small beads. Then, these beads are suspended in an uncoloured base. When you rub the usually colourless products into the skin, these beads break, releasing the colourant trapped inside them. The more you rub the product, the more colour is released. This gives the illusion that the product is able to detect your skintone, when, in reality, you just stop rubbing when the colour has become dark enough to match your colouring exactly. This technology is mostly used in powders and foundations, such as Almay Smart Shade Skin Tone Matching Makeup.

The Bottom Line

No cosmetic product is able to magically figure out what your skintone or mood is, but they can, with the right technology, slightly change colour, thus appearing to react with your personal chemistry. But, while they can be fun to use, there really is no need to splurge on them. They’re not doing anything so special to justify a high price tag.

Have you ever tried any makeup products that promised to change colour to match your skintone or mood? If so, did you like them, or were you disappointed?

5 Common Makeup Mistakes And How To Fix Them

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Even though I’ve been using makeup for more than 15 years now, I often make mistakes. Like, almost every time I do my makeup, something will go wrong, and I end up with mascara smudges or clown cheeks. Well, I’ve always been a clumsy girl, and I don’t see that changing any time soon. On the bright side, though, I’ve become quite good at fixing my worst, and most common, makeup blunders. Here’s what I do:

Liquid Eyeliner Gone Awry

Oh, liquid eyeliner, how I hate to love you! You look so intense and glossy, and define the eyes so well. But to apply you properly is so hard! Seriously, if I had a cent for every time my liquid eyeliner application has gone awry, I’d be rich. But hey, if I still have problems applying liquid eyeliner, I’ve become a pro at fixing awry lines. Just dip a q-tip into a creamy makeup remover (I rarely use oil-based ones as they tend to leave an oily residue that prevents the new line from adhering well to the lid) and erase the mistake.

2. Clown Blush

This is something that often happens to me when I use a new, pigmented, blush for the fist time. Luckily, it’s easy to fix. Grab the sponge or brush you’ve used to apply foundation and gently dab it over the excess blush. The residue of foundation left on your tools will help tone it down. If you apply foundation with your hands, try this other trick instead. With a new, clean brush, pick up a bit of translucent powder and dust it over the blush. This trick works for overdone bronzers too. Just don’t use too much powder, or it’ll look cakey. And then, you’ll have to fix that too!

3. Mascara smudges

This is why I tend to avoid mascaras with big wands. When I use them, a bit of mascara ends up on my skin. Every. Single. Time. Sometimes, that happens even when the wand is thin. I’m just clumsy like that. When it happens, let the mascara dry first. Then, with a wet q-tip, press on the area. Swirl it gently and lift it off.

4. Clumpy mascara

Don’t you just hate it when a volumizing mascara makes your lashes thicker by clumping them all together? Lengthening mascaras can clump lashes too, making your lashes look horrible. When that happens, grab a lash comb (or, if you have it, a clean mascara wand) and comb your lashes to separate them and remove all the clumps.

5. Heavy concealers and cakey powders

Does your concealer have a very heavy texture that looks unnatural on? Slightly dampen your fingers (you can also use a sponge, if you prefer) with water and smooth it out. If, instead, you’ve applied your setting powder or foundation with a heavy hand and now your face looks like a heavy, cakey mask, fret not. Spray it with a mist atomizer (in alternative, your fingers or sponge will work, but be careful they’re damp, and not too wet), and, again, smooth everything out with a sponge.

What’s your most common makeup mishap, and how do you fix it?

A Quick Trick To Apply Mascara On Your Lower Lashes

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Do you apply mascara on your lower lashes?

I do so only for special occasions, and every time, it used to be a struggle. I used only thin wands, rotated them vertically and then used them to apply mascara to the lashes, from their bottom to their tips. But no matter how careful I was, any wand always left some black smudges on my skin.

Being a lover of bright and bold eyeshadow shades, I always do my eye makeup first, so that if some fallout or smudges occur, I can easily remove them without messing up my foundation and concealer. But still, what a pain! There must be a better way to do this, right?

Well, you could buy Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, which is especially designed to coat the lower lashes. It’s only $10.00 and the reviews are raving. Or you could use your lip brush.

I had this idea while I was applying liquid eyeliner. I always use my eyeliner brush for that (makes the job so much easier!), so I thought, why not use it for mascara too? Well, that worked ok, but I wasn’t wholly satisfied. So I tried a lip brush next, and that worked even better.

How do you do it? It’s simple. Pick up some of the mascara with your brush. I do not like to touch the brush to the wand for hygienic reasons, so I put some product on the back of my hand. Then, I pick it up with the brush, and start “painting” the bottom lashes, a few at a time.

I concentrate the colour mostly at the roots. That’s where I apply more pressure with the brush, and then, more lightly, I coat the tips. I find that focusing more on the roost also gives the illusion that you’ve lined your eyes. So, there’s no need to use eyeliner for that. Isn’t that great?

How do you apply mascara to your bottom lashes?

Where Should You Match Your Foundation?

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So, how many times have you bought the wrong foundation shade? Me, too many to count.

When I first started getting into makeup, back in high school, I didn’t have much of a choice. I was on a strict budget and none of the foundations that I could afford came in shades light enough for my skintone. I always had to get a darker shade, which wasn’t a big problem in winter, when I wore high-neck sweaters. But in the summer, I’d have to go barefaced.

But even when I finally had more money to invest in a pricier foundation, I would still often end up purchasing the wrong pale shade. Limited shade selection, and the awful lights in the shops, had something to do with it, but there was also another factor that contributed to this bad choice: I was trying on foundation shades in all the wrong places.

Inner wrist

For years, I tried foundation shades on my inner wrist. It was what everyone else was doing, including SAs (some of them here still do now *cringes*). Even a few mags suggested it. That must have been the right way, I thought. And yet, when you think about it, it doesn’t make much sense. Look at your inner wrist. Is it the same colour as your face? Nope. Mine is an even paler shade than my face and has stronger yellow undertones. That led me to choose foundations who had strong yellow undertones too, so no wonder they didn’t look good on me! Duh!


So, I next matched my foundation to my jawline. The reasoning behind this is simple. If you pick a shade that only matches your face, you’ll look like you’re wearing a mask that ends at your jawline. Ew! But while this advice has served me well in winter, it failed me in the summer. I still looked like I was wearing a mask because the rest of my body is a different colour than my face. And so, very likely, is yours. It may be darker, it may have sallower or pinker undertones, or you may have a skin condition that causes redness. By focusing on your jawline only, it’s easy to pick up the wrong shade.


Did you know that your neck contains less melanocytes (the cells that produce melanin, which gives skin its colour)? Add to that that your face casts a shadow upon your neck, and it’s no wonder that this is one of the palest parts of your body. It’s often much paler than your chest. So, if you choose a foundation shade that only matches your neck, you may look ok when wearing a round collar top. But when you don a low cut top, or just slightly unbutton your shirt, you will look like you’re wearing a ghostly mask that ends at your neck! Argh! Why can’t our skin just be one colour all over?!


If you live somewhere cold where you’re forced to wear turtle necks or round collar tops a lot, matching your foundation to your jawline may make sense. But even then, you’ll sometimes wear a low-cut dress, or even just a V-neck top or a blouse that’s not buttoned all the way up. Unless you want to apply your foundation to your chest (which may not be a big deal if only a small amount of it is exposed but becomes a pain when you’re wearing something strapless, or off-the-shoulder or just a skimpy summer top), you’ll have to pick a shade that matches it. That way, your face and body will be the same colour.

The Bottom Line

When choosing a new foundation shade, try and match it to your chest. That’s usually the best place to ensure you pick a shade that won’t make you look like you’re wearing a mask. However, don’t forget that we are all different. We have different skintones, different undertones and live in different places, with different climates that affects our skin colours differently. If you find that matching  your foundation to your jawline works best for you, keep doing it. But if a shade picked that way has never satisfied you, try matching it to your chest next time. The result may surprise you. :)

Where do you match your foundation?

A Quick And Easy Way To Apply Liquid Eyeliner

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Do you find it hard to apply liquid eyeliner? Try as you might, you never seem to be able to draw a straight line?

I feel your pain. I can easily apply pencil or gel eyeliners, but give me a liquid one and I’ll make a mess. I’ll just draw a wobbly line, or apply too much, or smudge it. It’s just so frustrating!

But it doesn’t have to be. There’s a quicker way to apply liquid eyeliner effortlessly. It’s very easy too.

Use your own brush. We all have a favourite eyeliner brush. Mine is from Ecotools. Grab it and, with it, pick up a little bit of colour from the liquid eyeliner applicator.

Then, apply it like you would your gel eyeliner. And voilà. The eyeliner is now perfectly applied. And it took you less than a minute! :)

How do you apply liquid eyeliner?