Celebrity Red Lipstick Love & MAC Ladybug

17 March 2012


Red lipstick has been something that I have admired from afar for a long time but for some reason I've just never got round to trying it myself. The closest I've come has been the odd slick of red lip-gloss every now and then. The trouble is red lipstick can be quite daunting, it's a bold statement and if you get the wrong shade or pair it with the wrong makeup look it can look hideous. The word 'clown' comes to mind.

Done right though it can look amazing, adding a striking pop of colour to simple makeup looks or that final touch to a glamorous outfit. If you need some convincing there's plenty of celebrities who I think look fantastic wearing a red lip. Taylor Swift, Leighton Meester, Lauren Conrad, Natalie Portman, Blake Lively, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson are my personal faves!


There's a lot to consider when picking a red lipstick, most importantly is hair colour and skin tone. To avoid a circus worthy red lipstick fail you should chose shades based on your coloring:

Those with fair coloring or blonde hair should generally avoid bluish tones or very dark reds which can make you look washed out. Opt for something warmer with a slight yellow hue like MAC Lady danger or Cockney.

If you have a darker complexion or are more tanned then it's likely you can wear both warm tones and cooler tones of red. I think that MAC Red and Russian Red look great on those with a darker complexion.

I finally faced my fears and picked up my first really RED lipstick. Given my coloring I opted for MAC Ladybug which is a yellowish red shade in a Lustre finish.

MAC 'Ladybug'
Tentative testing.
Mwwaaaaaaaah!!


What do you think of red lipstick, do you wear it often? Any great tips for not looking like a clown in it?

xxx


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55 comments:

  1. awe! i LOVE it! looks fab on you!
    thanks again for all your help today love!

    i ended up just changing my link to
    barbiebombshell.com instead of the .blogspot which worked!

    how annoying was that though, ugh i finally felt how you felt and i can't begin to express it! stupid glitches.

    anyway, if you havent entered yet please enter my MAC MAKEUP giveaway i've got going on! you can win a free lipstick of your choice <3 and since you're a huge mac addict like myself, what's there to lose?

    hehe! happy weekend!

    hugs, xo!
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    1. BTW, so sorry for the lengthy comment!

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    2. Aww no problem hun! Glad you got it fixed :) x

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  2. I think red is really one of your colors, it suits you perfectly :)

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  3. red lipstick definitely suits you! you have the perfect skin tone for it

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  4. I wear red lipstick all the time, all different shades of red. I dont have any other colours. It suits you here.

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  5. Love that photo of Blake, very genuine. You my dear look lovely with red lips!
    I think winged out liner/red lips is just too perfect. I was searching for my "true" red, tried Russian Red, looks okay in person, ORANGE in photos...I got Runaway Red from the Shop collection, that's decent. I need to try out MAC Red...

    xo SARMIN

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  6. That colour is gorgeous on you! I still find red quite daunting, your tips on skin tone are helpful thanks :)

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    1. Yeah, I know what you mean, thats exactly how I felt! Still not 100% sure about it now but I'm getting more used to it. x

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  7. That colour works a treat on you!!! I have dark hair so i use the Mac lip pencil 'Cherry' which works a treat for a matt look. Im keen to test out Russian Red though! Your photos are great, I love the effort you make and heart the lippy heart!
    I have tagged you in a TAG POST ~ and would love to see you do it and tag other bloggers too! Check out my blog to find the questions and have an amazing day!
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    1. Thanks for tagging me hun! I've left a comment on your blog :) x

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  8. Looks great, I also decided it was time to pick a classic red, thought of MAC Ruby Woo or Russian red but instead opted for Chanel Gabrielle. It is much smoother then MAC.

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  9. I've got it into my head that red doesn't suit me all because of Mac Ruby Woo. I bought it and look like a clown in it! I guess I could try a different shade, but it did but me off a bit. Looks great on you/those celebs though! xx

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    1. I got the girl in MAC to do my lips with Ladybug in the store so I could try it before I bought it. Perhaps you could go and try a few different shades and see if you like any of them?

      x

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  10. love it, it really suits you!xxx

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  11. Love that picture of Taylor Swift! And you look gorgeous!!

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  12. I've been thinking about getting a Red Lipstick from MAC. I have a few but none from MAC, this one looks really nice and wearable at the same time xx

    http://beautyandablogger.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Love it- looks great on!! You can't beat mac lippy!
    Jen@www.pret-a-style.com

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  14. This is beautiful. It really suits you. I have never been brave enough to wear a red lippy yet! I need to get one! x

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  15. I wore a red lipstick for a club night out yesterday, for the first time again in a very long time :D And I loved it!
    It suits you, so pretty :)

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  16. The color looks great on you! I love doing a natural eye with a red pout! Great post!

    <3 Marielley
    www.lusciousmarielley.blogspot.com

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  17. Gorgeous red on you! This is on my wishlist, too :)

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  18. That lipstick is wonderful!
    And you are too!

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  19. Ha, I just polled my friends on fb about lipstick. Mac won hands down. Looks fab on you!

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  20. love red lipstick! looks great on you

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  21. so pretty. I need to find the right "red" for me!

    grace
    http://herumbrella.com

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  22. May I say gorgeous much? You are too beautiful and red looks so good on you, it seems to only pull out the worst in me unfortunately :P Happy St. Patrick's day!

    Janelle

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  23. What a great post, I've been craving for a bright red lipstick for a while now, and this makes me want it even more :) Thanks for leaving a kind comment, I appreciate it so much. And, I fell in love with your blog, so I followed :D xoxo ♥

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    1. Thanks :) and thank you for following too! x

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  24. I adore red lipstick, I never leave the house without it!!

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  25. I love red lipstick so much but find it hard to choose the perfect shade of red. You're right MAC is just the best when it comes to them, I nearly picked up Ladybug and changed my mind but you'v persuaded me to go back and get it :)
    love your blog by the way
    xxx
    Nina

    www.the-littlenomad.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thanks sweetie.

      I hope you like Ladybug too :)x

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  26. I like how it's a lustre finish. Seems like it's a safe first option. Maybe I'll give it try also!

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  27. I love how it looks but sometimes when I put it on I freak out a little, I think I always think things don't look right on me but they do on others, guess it takes getting used to!

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    1. I was a bit like that. I sort of worked up to it by using red lip glosses first which aren't quite as bold in colour. Maybe that'd help you? x

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  28. Red lippies are to die for!!:)
    Cool blog!:) I'm now a follower!:)
    Hope you can drop by my blog and maybe become a follower too?
    It would mean a lot to me!:)

    Xoxo,
    Mitchie
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  29. lovely color of your lipstick!

    XXX,

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  30. eeeeee i like!!!! looks great on you!

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  31. I agree with you! I think it fits you very well, you look stunning. I want look with red lipstick same georgeous as you:)Have a wonderful time!

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  32. This is an awesome post. I adore red lips as well, and they look ravishing on you. I am wearing a combo of Revlon red lip liner and Revlon lip butter in Red velvet in my latest post, maybe check it out? :p

    http://babyrouge.blogspot.com/

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  33. I love red lipsticks, though I don't wear it that often. I'm just not a lipstick kind of person, haha.

    I like the red lipstick color you have chosen, it looks great on you.

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  34. you look great in red lips! :) I have one that's from NYX but I've only wore it out once officially lol, I love the color but it seems like it takes a lot of courage for me to wear such a bold statement that I'm not used to :P

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  35. REALLY A NICE COLOR!
    I used to chanel rouge nice color, then I have to say that has long held the morning sometimes I still red lips!
    but I like this because it is slightly lighter and maybe as you said yourself in blond and clear complexion is better!
    If you must go I have a new post!
    kisses

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  36. Wow that's a gorgeous colour and looks so good on you, I'm definitely making a note of it! Like you I am a blonde and I wear red lipstick a lot, but I really need to get some more! I really want to try a dark red, I don't ten to stick to the rules a lot! Number 1 tip is use a lip liner, it makes such a difference! Also apply bite a tissue(not literally!), do a few times and then put your finger in your mouth and sort of suck it, this will help it not go on your teeth. Hope this helps!XxxX

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  37. This looks gorgeous <3 I really like your picture of Blair from GG she is beautiful.

    jessica-jjc@blogspot.com

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  38. Wow really suits u well!
    I seldom wear lipstick, but if i do, surely it will be red:))

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  39. It looks amazing on you!

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  40. Amazing post, I love the shade of your Lippie! MAC lippie's are definitely the fabulous way to doll up. With your refined and white complexion, that MAC lippie shade made you a Gorgeous swan. You're pretty and truly inspiring. I love visiting to your Blog, its give a sense of Fashion aura and positive vibes :)

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  41. I'm the same with reds and even oranges but I have recently purchased ladybug and morange from Mac and love them both. I personally think you really suit that red lip :)x

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  42. red lipstick looks amazing on you!

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  43. You look great with red lips!

    Check out my beauty blog: meandmycousin1.blogspot.com

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  44. I have this lippie and I love it! Everybody raves about RubyWoo but this one, i really like

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  45. I have this and i love it! Such great shine too

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