Want It Wednesday: The Perfect Red Lip

July 28th, 2011

Photo via Jak & Jil

Emotionally, I have moved on from summer. I’ve decided that summer and I are over and my new love interest is fall, even though it won’t begin to cool down in New York for at least another six weeks. Facts don’t figure in matters of the heart, after all.

I’m already well into the planning stages for fall clothing and accessory purchases, but this fantastic photo of model Britt Maren by (who else?) Tommy Ton of Jak & Jil has reminded me of a style arena that I’ve yet to tackle for the new season: Makeup. More specifically, the perfect red lip, which is the subject of this week’s Want It Wednesday.

Unfortunately, I have one of those skintones that does not take well to just any red lipstick. I’m pale and yellow-undertoned, and almost all medium reds turn to bright pink as soon as they hit my lips. I’ve found my best luck with Chanel, most specifically its Rouge Allure lipstick in “Fatale.” It may look burgundy on most website, but on my lips it’s a deep, rich red. I’m also a fan of Chanel Luminous Satin Lip Lacquer in “Imperial,” which is a gloss with the dense pigmentation and semi-matte finish of a lipstick (and another one that looks much redder in person than in the website swatches).

So what’s your perfect red? Are you blessed with an easy-to-flatter complexion like Britt up there, or do you find it more difficult to locate a match? You can find both my Chanel lipstick and gloss recommendations via Neiman Marcus for $32.

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