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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Do or Don’t: Dark red lipstick

My friend Caroline recently posted a few instagram photos of herself wearing dark red lipstick. How gorgeous and sultry does that color look? It would look beautiful on a winter evening or a date to a cozy restaurant.

The trick is to choose a color that has enough red and isn't so dark that it looks scary. Caroline's color is sold out, but two other fantastic colors are the burgundy MAC Diva (below left), and the black cherry NARS Terre de Feu (below right):
Thoughts? Would you wear dark red lipstick?

P.S. Caroline's 14 hair tutorials, and more do or don'ts.

112 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I have been looking for a great dark red lipstick. The '90s are coming back... remember Chanel's "Vamp"?

VintageDanielle said...

I love the look, it's a gorgeous night time look.

Bivins Fink said...

After another post you did on red lipstick last fall I picked up the NARS matte pencil but in Cruella (Terre de Feu wasn't my color). I now feel naked without my red lipstick!!!

Chloe Moon said...

I think it completely depends on the person!! Your friend looks great with it and I'm so jealous she got to meet Jim Gaffigan!! =)

I personally think I look too gothic unless the red is more lightish! =)

Ergo - Blog

Janelle @ Two Cups Of Happy said...

Wow. That colour looks great on her! I think this look is better on people with a substantial top lip (ie. not me). Haha

Sharon de Jager said...

I think anyone with the right lips can carry off red lipstick. If you tend to have thin lips, red lipstick makes your mouth look like a thin red line...instead of a pouty one.

heather m said...

Lately I've been all about dark red lipstick. I've gotten out of the habit of wearing eye makeup, so putting on a dash of red lipstick has been an easy and fun way to still feel a little bit glamorous.

Robyn said...

love-i was trying on lipstick today-but couldn't quite find one to uit. love this

J+H @ Beyond The Stoop said...

in my blogger profile pic i'm wearing dark red! i love it (my mom says it makes me look "older" than i am.. i think she's nuts) i'm wearing revlon colorstay overtime in stay currant. it's the most fabulous stain i've ever used. does... not... come... off! have to use makeup remover to get the stuff off. and that's why it's so amazing...

http://stockholmstudyhall.tumblr.com said...

I love the first pic with Jim Gaffigan! I saw him perform once, and I laughed so much that my face cheeks started hurting!!!
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LZ {high heels and handlebars} said...

I love ALL shades of red on the lips! I really think it's hard NOT to look fabulous with a pop of red color on the lips. Here's my favorite lip lacquer that my friends and I have become obsessed with!

http://www.highheelsandhandlebars.com/2012/11/red-my-lips.html

XO!

LZ

e said...

I think it will be like skinny jeans for me. When they first came back in style I thought - ew! 80's! no! But now I love mine and don't wear bootcut or straight very often anymore.

So maybe I'll come to like it? I'm not sure. I saw the otherwise gorgeous Kaley Cuoco at the Golden Globes, and I'm not sure it was because she had on such a pale dress, or if it's because she did a dark eye too, but her dark lips really grossed me out! There's definitely a way to make it look good, like your friend, even if it's not for me!

Paola Albergate said...

Even though it's sold out, would you mind sharing the name of Caroline's lip color? It's so pretty.
Thank you Joanna, xx

openid said...

I was just thinking about how dark lipstick is a 90s look. I'm not sure if I could rock it (I never wear lipstick) but I admire women that could.

MrsLittleJeans said...

Those reds are beautiful but so are those lips. I am afraid I would look insanely crazy if I wore red but my friend wears nothing but red all the time and she looks great in it. Makes me want to try again but I suppose I won't. : )

shawn said...

Do! I discovered lipstick a few years ago while playing at Sephora. Never considered myself a lipstick gal but now I love it. Personally, I'd wear the deep red in the fall and winter, but I do think it's beautiful. Looking forward to busting out my pinks and corals for spring/summer :)

Angelica said...

definitely a do! deep red is so lovely to wear right now!

Kate Uhry said...

is it okay to point out that your friend, Caroline is drop dead gorgeous and could probably pull off anything?! I got some great advice from a consultant when trying on lipsticks about picking the right tone of red based on your skin color, she said anyone can wear any shade of red as long as it matches your skin tone!

Jenn D said...

I like it a lot! I always feel like I look silly when I try to wear it, though. But I really like it when I see dark lipstick on others!
Jenn
With Luck

Lucie_xoxo said...

I love the "vamp" look I wish I could pull it off!!! x

http://lippylucie.blogspot.co.uk

eileen ragan | leanerbythelake.com said...

ABSOLUTELY a do. i'm a huge huge fan of lipstick and find myself wearing with every ensemble from leggings to skirts. my favorite dark red shade is NARS's matte lip color in Valparaiso. all of their shades are absolutely stunning!

http://www.narscosmetics.com/color/lips/pure-matte-lipstick/valparaiso

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Justine said...

Do! I absolutely love dark red lips.

Shawnee said...

Yes, yes, yes! So gorgeous. xo

mollyskj said...

Honestly, I think it kind of makes women look older than their years. Also, my husband really doesn't like the look on others so I'm not too tempted to try it.

daydreamme said...

It is a do! But I am sure it is another one of those trends that women love, men hate lol!

Elisa Shere said...

I would love to see this dark lipstick on a normal person :) I agree that Caroline is gorgeous and could pull anything off. I would without a doubt look goth with any dark lipstick. But, love this look on blonds/light brunettes.

Amie said...

I would totally wear it...if I planned to never show my teeth. I absolutely LOVE how it looks in every single one of these pictures...but none of them are smiling with their teeth showing. Every time I see the teeth of someone wearing dark lipstick they just look so dingy & dirty... :(. Even famous people..who have really really white fake looking teeth..idk, I just haven't seen it work out well for anyone yet.


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Estelle said...

DO !! I believe one can pull anything off as long as one is comfortable with it: dark liptsick, blue lagoon mascara, or really blond hair dye, anything !
I actually wear a lot of NARS's Scarlett Empress, it's a dark fushia-ish lipstick, it makes you look like you bit grape, it's really pretty ! Every NARS lipsticks look good anyway :)

xx

Victoria said...

What is Caroline's color that she is wearing?
I love wearing dark red lipstick I personally wear NARS Fire Down Below. It's perfect!

J.CrewJD said...

DON'T DON'T DON'T! So 90's, in a bad way! Sorry. It does not look good on your friend or anyone that I've ever seen, save someone with dark skin. And who wants to kiss someone wearing lipstick like that?

studious said...

A more budget friendly option is Revlon's Blackberry! It is lovely and layerable.

studious said...

A more budget friendly option is Revlon's Blackberry! It is lovely and layerable.

Sarah K. said...

Her lipstick looks great, but you did not address the more important and obvious question of why Caroline is with Jim Gaffigan! Love that guy, so freaking funny!

Jade Sheldon said...

I think dark red lipstick is a definite do!

oneoblivion.com said...

I love red lipstick too!!

http://www.oneoblivion.com/

Care said...

You have to be the right skin tone I'd say... But who am I? haha! I think you look beautifully stunning.

brittany said...

DO! I feel so fierce with dark red lips! It is worth a try for sure!

Genevieve said...

What's the sold out color Caroline is wearing anyway?

The Slow Pace said...

I love it, but since I don't go out that much I never buy it thinking that I don't need it. Too strong for work, too strong for my everyday life!
www.theslowpace.wordpress.com

Un coup d'aile said...

i am really a red red lipstick girl? but in dior perfecto, or black tie i have found the perfect shade and texture... would love to try tom ford black orchid or mac and nars. unfortunately i can't buy them here in my small french town of dijon... we have all kinds of mustards though .D

Mich said...

So funny, I used to wear Blackberry exclusively in college in the early 90's!

bendancin said...

Who cares about the lipstick she met Jim Gaffigan!

Amy said...

I love it! Like Monica on Friends :) my husband doesn't like it though, so I'll probably just watch this trend from the sidelines!

Catherine Darling said...

Recently bought a dark lipstick actually - & it looks super chic on Caroline.

P.S. Kate Bosworth is actually wearing Nars Pure Matte Lipstick in Volga in that picture. :)

Amy said...

I love it! Like Monica on Friends :) my husband doesn't like it though, so I'll probably just watch this trend from the sidelines!

Robertson Love said...

I think its a total do! It looks so sultry and mysterious.

....... said...

it's a do for me! love dark lips for winter! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

ephraner said...

Love dark sultry lips! I found a GREAT color at the drugstore, actually: Maybelline's 14 hr Lipstick in "Wine & Forever." I'm obsessed!

xo
Erin Phraner of Food & Femininity

Camille said...

I'm a huge dark red lipstick fan!!!

christie elkins. said...

Yes. Dark lipstick all. day. long. A inexpensive drugstore option that I use is "megaccino" by Jane Cosmetics.

christie elkins. said...

Definitely going to try that! I noted in the comments that I have tried "megaccino" by Jane. It's dark and lovely as well!

Lauren said...

a total DO. it looks fabulous.

http://www.laurenbrumfield.com/

Jessica Butler said...

I love dark lipstick. Red more than burgundy/wine.

Amy Lauree said...

wow caroline looks so much like "lisa" from Mad About You!

Lejla said...

DO DO DO DO!!!

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Chelsea MacMeekin said...

I love the dark lipstick look. Unfortunately I am a blonde and I personally need to ease myself into such a contrast! I definitely think it's a do!

Chelsea
Haute Child in the City

StephV said...

I wore Revlon's Black Cherry out to dinner one night while on my honeymoon; I loved it!

Amanda Swann said...

I LOVE all red lipstick. The problem is that I feel like I need to have an occasion to wear it. I'm not quite brave enough to use it for every day wear, though I wish I was.

Amanda
The Cheeky Cafe

wideyed said...

I feel self-conscious while wearing dark red lipstick, as it makes my teeth appear darker. Is this just me?

Shannon said...

Absolutely! Afghan Red by NARS is my go-to lipstick of the season. It's a dark red with some nice berry hues.

Chez Denise et Laudalino said...

I use to red Chanel red - a gorgeous true blue red!

Even though Caroline's color is sold out - what is the name of it? Thanks!

Shanti Das said...

Definitely definitely definitely do - if you've got the skin/face/general look for it.

I personally would be a little scared to do it, particularly in mascara and I think I'd look to evening-y, if you know what I mean. Perfect for a glamourous night out or formal event though, daytime, but that's mainly because I tend to wear eyeliner and and it looks so sophisticated!

Shanti
www.mindfullofclutter.blogspot.co.uk

Irina Caraballo said...

I love it! The 90's are definitely coming back!

Shanti Das said...

*in the daytime because I tend to wear black mascara
*too evening-y

Oh goodness, I didn't do well with typing!

Julia [life on churchill] said...

Jim Gaffigan! So fun. I usually wear lip gloss and don't take the time to think about anything beyond that. but I like the dark red! Thanks for calling out a few good colors!

anniematic said...

LOVE. I wear dark lipstick all the time! And people are always making comments along the lines of "I could never pull that off!" but I think you should just go for it. NARS Scarlet Empress, all the way.

brooklynash said...

DO! DO! DO! I love Mac's Rebel (a bit more fuschia) and Dark Side (super sultry).

Claire said...

I'm a huge fan of it. I love how glamorous it looks without looking like you tried too hard. It's also unique and helps you stand out it the crowd.

www.simplydaring.blogspot.com

kd_ring said...

This trend is a big don't for me, and I'm all about the 90's revival! It's so harsh & even on gorgeous actresses it adds about 10 years.

Georgia said...

I love dark lipstick, and I feel naked without mine. It's become something of a signature for me - I'll wear it day or night, summer or winter.

I love Revlon's Matte in Wine Not, and it's nice and cheap so I have three and make sure I have one in any handbag I take out.

whereverwefindourselves.com

paper friday said...

Definitely a do... It just makes me feel properly dressed. It's like the icing on the cake, especially while wearing something simple like a Little black dress or jeans and a simple blouse.

katilda said...

umm i rock dark led lipstick at least once a week, and people always say they could never pull it off. i say, "go to MAC and have them pick out the color for you, and the liner, and show you how to use it." i believe we can all wear red lipstick. amen.

Iliska Dreams said...

I love red lipstick in all shades. But since having my son, Jarvis, I have stopped wearing it. Found I constantly smeared it on him. Too much kisses and nibbling on my baby boy. So will have to just admire it on others.

http://iliska-dreams.blogspot.com.au/

Jaime said...

I love it. I just picke up ilia's femme fatale. Natural lipstick that looks amazing, very happy with it!

J.Lynn said...

I think it's beautiful! I would love to try it.

fromtheloftabove said...

i'd love to rock any kind of lipstick but my partner HATES it when i do it :( actually he pretty much hates any kind of makeup!

Kate @ Savour Fare said...

I have to give a shout out to the cheapie Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet. It's the most wearable dark red I've found - I can even wear it to work.

TheCornerOME said...

noted this lipstick colour a few months ago! pure tend!

summer said...

I love the look but I always feel self conscious because it inevitably ends up on everything except my lips.... my teeth, my scarf, the wine glass, the coffee cup, and damnit, my baby boy is just too dang kissable!! I've never found one that stays put and doesn't suck every drop of moisture from my lips... but I may just keep looking.

RosyRilli said...

I think done right, it can look glamorous, but I would never be able to pull it off because my hair's strawberry blonde. Surprisingly, orange lipstick.. I can do!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Wear it every day.
Dior Addict Black Tie!

Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I love it, but I don't know if most guys do. Any guy I have ever talked to about makeup says that we girls wear waaaaaaay too much and that less is definitely more.

heather said...

Joanna, any chance you know where Caroline got the green jacket in the first picture?

Thanks very much.

Laura said...

I would totally wear dark red lipstick. I don't know if I could pull if off, but it doesn't hurt try.

Kristina said...

Ooo definitely a do, especially for night!

Kristina

Kristina does the Internets

In the Marginalia said...

You have to have almost flawless skin to really pull this off I think. Or else it enhances every flaw. But it is beautiful!!

-Lexy

eileen ragan | leanerbythelake.com said...

i've also got the NARS Terre and it's incredible. works well with so many skin tones and hair colors.

Miss B. said...

Caroline is so gorgeous that she could wear ANY color. I am sure I would look like a chola.

andrea said...

Given all the examples have light skin tones, I am little apprehensive to try it as I am definitely more of an olive. But hey, you have to try everything once! Love love Caroline's look!
Andrea

Robyn said...

Burt's Bee (strangely enough) sells a FANTASTIC dark red lippy. And it's all natural!

meet emily said...

i don't hate it, but i see it done badly so often, i avoid it.

madeline said...

you've got to have flawless skin to go with it. caroline could wear anything, and it would be beautiful!

*** KITSCH *** said...

I won´t
I like them but i don´t see my self ok...
So i prefer to make up my eyes, love smokey eyes

Nel, the vet said...

Love it but I don't think I could work it myself... :(

marisa125 said...

When I saw this topic title, I thought of her immediately and was nervous the photos Joanna used would elicit the same response as Kaley Cuoco's look did -- scary! [Sorry to doubt you Jo!] I agree, I think because she did the dark eye and dark lip, plus her lip color had more black in it, did not like at all - unlike the photos above, especially Kate Bosworth ... love!

Unknown said...

Yes, please update w/ the sold out color....Would love to know!

Unknown said...

Please update w/ the sold out color. Thanks!

Living Notes from NYC said...

I love that lipstick color. You are right - having enough red is the key to not having "vampire" lips :)

www.livingnotesfromnyc.com

101580989776806710173 said...

I do like dark lipstick for evenings.
I have NARS Terre de Feu, and, while it is a beautiful colour, I have found that it doesn't stay on my lips for very long at all, even with multiple layers and a brush application.

Another dark shade I have and like is Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture from their special matt range.
But Ruby Woo by MAC is my safest, sunnier bet!

Amelia

kassiastclair said...

This seems to divide along gender lines for me: whenever I wear it my female friends love it and my male friends are all "whoa, goth?!"

kassia x

studious said...

I've actually heard that from a few people! If it's good, I guess it sticks around!

ephraner said...

Oh, awesome Christie! I'll keep an eye out for it. Always looking for fabulous drugstore beauty suggestions—thanks for the hot tip!
xo Erin

~Love Lis said...

I actually like dark red a little more than bright red. But I really think it depends on the person's personality.

bleeckerstreetdiaries said...

Def Do! I started wearing dark red when you blogged about it a few months ago!

Alice said...

Dark red lipstick is a definite YES!
There's something so glamorous and fabulous about it. Unlike the bright, bold classic red, dark red is more seductive and a teensy bit more on the dark side. To me, dark red is an amazing color for the colder months as well as for more fancy occasions.

I personally have yet to truly experiment with dark red lipstick but until I do, I'll have to be content seeing all the pictures of gorgeous girls wearing it!
Caroline definitely is too stunning and could probably pull off anything she tried!


~Alice
Ainfinitaire

Kim said...

I'm obsessed with my new Alima natural/organic tinted lip balm in cranberry - I get that rich dark look with the comfort of a balm! I've also had great luck w/ stains. I think investing a good lipliner is key (or to even fill in your lips entirely with the liner).

Kim said...

I'm obsessed with my new Alima natural/organic tinted lip balm in cranberry - I get that rich dark look with the comfort of a balm! I've also had great luck w/ stains. I think investing a good lipliner is key (or to even fill in your lips entirely with the liner).

Stephanie Lancaster said...

i love this colour and i wear a similar shade from Avon!

deeholmes said...

I want to try this, I do, but sometimes it looks to Vampire-y. I don't like the blood stained lips, but I do enjoy the sultriness of how it looks on most women.

Who knows, maybe one day I'll gain the courage needed to be adventurous and this on trend? I do still love bright pinks, and reds though!!

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Arianna Moreno said...

a total do!

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