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    The Perfect Red Lip

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    BY CHELSEA SIMMONS

    Part of every woman's makeup repertoire should be the perfect red lip. Here is a guest post by Marie Lavinio one of our awesome personal shoppers at shop.janeiredale.com on her experience finding the perfect red lip.

    Red Lips are in. They are sexy, sultry, seductive. Oh, those ruby reds of Marilyn, Angelina, and ScarJo. Red lips shout, “Look at me, I’m beautiful, confident, and ready to rule the world.” Red is elegant, versatile, classic. And the good news is: we can all wear red lipstick! Red lips began when ancient Egyptian women embellished their lips with henna. In Japan geisha girls painted their faces stark white and their lips bright red in contrast as a symbol of beauty. It is part of our world culture to wear red to attract a mate, to lift our spirits, to feel naturally confident. I never thought that I could wear red lips. In fact, I’ve tried unsuccessfully in the past with other makeup brands. I am fair with yellow undertones, some freckles, have light brown hair, golden highlights, and hazel eyes. I wear Liquid Minerals in Bisque and have chosen pink-brown colors for my lips most of my adult life. Then our Naturally Confident Fall Collection arrived at shop jane iredale. Lip Fixation in Passion immediately caught my eye. It was so amazingly red! First of all, I must tell you that I have some of the thinnest lips on the planet, so I adore Lip Fixation. It is the only lip stain and plumper that has ever worked for me. It not only plumps my lips, but it also feels silky smooth and is long lasting. It’s a miracle for me: when I wear it, I look as if I have a new pair of lips. So when I saw that Passion was a new Lip Fixation, I was excited, but a little frightened. Red? No, I don’t think I can wear it, I kept telling myself. I look really terrible in red. After seeing how gorgeous some my fellow personal shoppers looked in Passion, I was beginning to get jealous. But they had skin tones that were so unlike mine. Olive skin or pink undertones, or pink and yellow undertones together. Unlike mine. Knowing that red was the color of the season and that I was going to be left unnoticed if I didn’t try it out, I decided to be courageous. I took the tube from its package, pulled the applicator from its cherry red compartment and used the three-dot method in applying it to my lips, so I would get the “less is more” coverage. I gently dotted the applicator tip in three places across my bottom lip from end to end. Next I smoothed it with my ring finger across my lip. I repeated the same method on my top lip, keeping my lips apart. I let my lips dry for just a few seconds and then applied the clear lip gloss to my lips for a shiny, luscious look. Did I dare look at myself close up…in RED? Well, I did, gradually getting closer and closer to the mirror. I loved the results! Who was that woman I was looking at in the mirror? Wow, she looked different. More confident, sophisticated, sassy. As I turned around to show my co-workers, they complimented me on how well I looked in red. What a surprise! Next time I’ll try applying Passionusing the applicator tip in one fell swoop across my lips for more coverage. There’s no stopping me now! Passion is a classic cherry red that works on me just as well as on every woman, no matter what her skin tone. A universal red! Don’t be afraid to try it. One thing for sure—Passion will never go out of style.
    Chelsea Simmons

    Chelsea Simmons

    Chelsea began her beauty journey in 2010 as a fashion and beauty freelancer at Ladies’ Home Journal magazine. There she had the chance to test and review hundreds of products while quickly falling for the benefits the clean makeup she tried. After leaving the magazine industry, she worked as a publicist for international fragrance and beauty brands until 2016 when she landed at jane iredale. Here, she has discovered liquid eyeliner doesn’t have to burn her eyes, foundation doesn’t have to feel heavy, and that the jane iredale Global Educators truly have the best beauty hacks. Since then, she’s shared her 10+ years of experience with you on The Good Glow Blog.