I try new red lipsticks as often as possible because I'm always on the search for the perfect red lip. My newest love is with tarte's LipSurgence natural matte lip stain in "fiery"($24) shown below. It is such an unusual lip product because it looks like a fat crayon, has a soft tip that twists up from the bottom for more color, smells like peppermint, and is extremely matte in color. I adore this product, except for the claim to increase moisture by 6000%- woah, that's a lot- I'd have to disagree with that. Because of its matte nature, there's no way it can feel like a chapstick, and it doesn't. But, it's not as drying as other stains and matte lip colors I've tried and I actually enjoy the way this stain feels.
The first two females that come to mind when I think red lips, are Gwen Stefani and Dita Von Teese- one extremely hip and edgy, the other uber feminine.
Edgy mom of 2, fashion mogul, and singer! Almost never seen without red lips.
Ultra femme burlesque entertainer. Almost never seen without red lips.
But both of these ladies are glamorous in their own right with their bright mouths, even though their styles are pretty different. You can read about what Dita thinks about her signature red mouth and fave reds here.
So of course there are a zillion ways you could wear your makeup with red lips, but I'm going to share with you my go-to look. Since red lips are quite a statement maker, I like to keep the rest of the makeup fairly subdued and simple and let the lips speak for themselves. Here's what other makeup products I like to pair with my red:
For eyes, I keep it in the neutral brown palette.
Dark brown liner on upper lash line only (Urban Decay bourbon 24/7 liner.)
Kat Von D's shadows in peanut (light gold shimmer) and rebekah (brown w slight shimmer)
Black mascara (L'Oreal Voluminous) on top and bottom
For skin and cheeks, I keep it dewy and sheer.
I like to add a liquid bronzer (by Red Earth, discontinued though, boo) with my foundation (L'oreal True Match N3) to keep the skin not as matte as the mouth and so I can skip the powder bronzer step.
So overall, I like my look clean and polished with my red lips, not too fussy.
And to see if this tarte stain truly stays put, I put it to the "baby kissing test." I can't stand it when I kiss my kids on the cheeks and they come out looking like Bozo the clown w my lip color splattered all over them. So I dove in and kissed miss Viv with my bright red lips....drumroll please...
And she came out clean as a whistle on her left cheek- no red stuff to distract from that pretty face! Look how happy she was to not have mommy's face paint left on her!! This is what has me sold on this lipstick, I need more colors so I can continue kissing my kids without the embarrassing mommy stain!!
Have you tried this tarte product or any other lip stains that pass the kissing baby test??