I’ve always loved the look of a classic red lip. When browsing lipsticks in any drug store, I am inevitably drawn to shades of red. Bright red.
Of course, love of color cannot entirely overcome fear of color – while I am automatically pulled towards these shades, I am terrified of wearing them out in public. A pale redhead wearing red lipstick might seem a bit like overkill, you think? In addition to that, I was worried about looking like a clown. So for years, I have been hunting for the perfect red. The red I will not be afraid to wear in public.
Here are swatches of each color on my inner arm:
From left to right: MAC’s Russian Red; MAC’s Ruby Woo; MAC’s Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick; MAC’s Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass; Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Fiery; L’oreal Colour Riche #179 Cherry Tulle; L’oreal Colour Riche #315 True Red; and Revlon’s Just Bitten Lipstain & Balm in Gothique/Gothic.
I apologize in advance for the strained smiles/crazy eyes – after awhile of taking pictures, you just want to hurry up and get a good one to go try the next color! Without further ado, here’s how all these reds stack up against each other on thin lips and very pale skin: