Advanced search

Whether you’re a beauty novice or a confirmed fashionista, this topic is for consulting Mumsnetters on all things style-related. Plus, check out our Swears By page for the inside track on the next Mumsnet must-have.

fair skin...never ever had a 'red' lippy. is there one that'd work?!

(85 Posts)
iamnowawhaticallmother Mon 06-May-13 22:28:41

I have fair skin, light blonde hair, green eyes. Generally wear v subtle make up and akl pinks. I would LOVE to wear a striking lipstick.but they all look rudiculous on me. Can i wear a dark/ a red lipstick or am i forever to wear nudes?!

iamnowawhaticallmother Mon 06-May-13 22:29:42

Sorry. I can spell. Phone terrible. That's ALL pinks. And ridiculous.

codswallopandchips Mon 06-May-13 22:32:56

Try revlon lip butter in candy apple - it's a gorgeous sheer red, easy to wear and I bet it'd work with your colouring. Keep the rest of your slap to a minimum and it'll be lovely smile

iamnowawhaticallmother Mon 06-May-13 22:35:35

Thank u codswallop! I look fine till i add lippy then... Drag queen.

codswallopandchips Mon 06-May-13 22:39:13

I know what you mean! It's taken me ages to find one I can wear during the day without feeling like a total painted fool grin - if you try it, come back and let me know if it works?

FrugalFashionista Mon 06-May-13 22:41:17

I have your coloring (cool tones - work out whether you are cool or warm) and a dozen medium pink lipstick in heavy rotation. In theory yes. In practice, I don't like pure reds on me - somehow too harsh and even aging - almost reds (Chanel Coco Rouge Rouge Orage) in winter and deep fuchsias (Cambon, Legende) look 'red' on me but somehow much better.

I sometimes wear a plum lipstick (Chanel Etole) during the dark seasons but it's a bit too dark on me <vampire bride>

MarianForrester Mon 06-May-13 22:45:30

The Kate Moss red for Rimmel is really nice. I have similar colouring and am a make up floozy, but it bears my Chanel one...

currentlyconfuseddotcom Mon 06-May-13 22:48:43

I have similar colouring to you, the experts usually advise reds with a 'blue undertone'.

Can you try a smear of a true red if you're not sure about full coverage?

MarianForrester Mon 06-May-13 22:50:31

Beats, not bears....

FlightyAphrodite Mon 06-May-13 22:52:04

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

clattypatty Mon 06-May-13 22:54:06

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

roseinwinter Mon 06-May-13 23:19:23

Revlon fire and Ice lipstick is perfect with fair skin!

iamnowawhaticallmother Tue 07-May-13 09:16:58

i think i have warm colourings ... but not sure. i will tan easily now the sun comes out and im probably going to tone down the very light hair. the only lipstick that has been daring that suits me is a fluorescent almost pink colour by Givenchy. but reds.... look horrid. i see holly Willoughby looking gorgeous wearing one and think - why cant it look good on me?! i look like a scary clown. not a big problem i know - but 31 soon and sick to death of never being different from 'mute nudes'

MrsLettuce Tue 07-May-13 09:22:14

Flighty Mac Ruby Woo is the perfect matte retro red.

comelywenchlywoo Tue 07-May-13 09:32:39

I was going to say Mac Ruby Woo is supposed to be the go-to red lippy, but I see Mrs has beaten me to it!

Lisa Eldridge does a tutorial on red lips. Have a look, but I would heartily recommend looking at her other videos - she gives excellent advice.

(not that I'm confident in red lippy, but I have bad skin)

TallulahBetty Tue 07-May-13 09:35:38

I second Revlon lip butter in Candy Apple. Lovely sheer colour but definitely red. I've always been scared of red lipstick but this is a revelation smile

flipchart Tue 07-May-13 09:37:41

Go to the Mac or Bobby Brown counter and get them to pick the one that is right for you. They have some great colours.

ExRatty Tue 07-May-13 10:25:55

Sometimes though not often I wear a bright red chanel lipstick
flat base eyeliner and mascara
Lipstick is Rouge Allure based old school glam glam glam red

ZaraW Tue 07-May-13 11:03:36

I use Stila Logan Berry. Easy to apply as it comes in the pen applicator.

EmpressMaud Tue 07-May-13 11:22:21

I'm fair also, with blue eyes. I usually wear a nude lipstick, Bobbi Brown in Nude. However, I've just tried a red (mentioned here), and it is actually quite subtle, the Revlon Candy Apple.

Northumberlandlass Tue 07-May-13 11:28:29

yes yes to Ruby Woo

I'm always on the look out for a new red - thanks for the recommendation of Candy Apple! It's on the list.

LadyBigtoes Tue 07-May-13 12:03:08

I'm also v. fair OP and wanted to try a bright red that didn't look daft. My suggestion is clinique chubby stick in Ten Ton Tomato. It's v sheer and almost like a lip balm, so it won't last ages, but the orangey red is great with pale skin, I love it.

showerhead Tue 07-May-13 13:30:29

i was going to say try the Clinique chubby sticks intense. My colouring is different to yours but although i wore very red lipstick throughout my 20s i got out of the habit as a mum and now find i look too painted in it. To remedy this I am getting back into it by using fairly sheer reds to start with. I got the clinique consultant to try out several shades on me until I found one i really liked. Recently i bought No7s sheer temptation in Glam which is a lovely sheer red that works for me as an everyday lippy.
I'll have to check out the Candy apple suggestion next!

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Tue 07-May-13 14:41:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

GnocchiGnocchiWhosThere Tue 07-May-13 14:43:34

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, watch threads, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now »

Already registered? Log in with: