The Perfect Red Lip

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 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 Passion using 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.

  1. We love this look! We have actually started doing the “3 dot” technique, but adding in 3 more dots of Lip Fixation in the new fall color Mania in addition to the Passion, resulting in a great peachy-red glam look! Its been a huge hit!

  2. I do love this lipstick, I even used it on my vintage-inspired wedding day 2 weeks ago and got a TON of compliments. However, I found that as soon as I put on the gloss, the color would smear quite easily, whereas it wouldn’t smear at all without it. So, my makeup artist for my wedding told me to wear my lipliner of the same color under this stain, which worked quite well. I was a little sad that I wasn’t able to have the shine on my lips, but it did look more vintagey that way I guess. However, I would like to be able to use the gloss without it getting everywhere for other occasions… Hmmm….???

  3. Hi Amanda,         I’m sorry that you weren’t able to wear the gloss end of Lip Fixation on your wedding day! That smearing should not occur, and may be because the stain wasn’t completely dry. To prevent this from happening again, try waiting for the Lip Fixation to completely dry prior to applying the gloss. We recommend 45 seconds, but it may take longer. Please let me know how it works out!         Joanna    Posted @ Thursday, April 19, 2012 12:48 PM

  4. Hi Susan, we’re loving pink for summer! Try our Just Kissed Lip Plumper in L.A. or the Forever Pink Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain.

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