Red lipstick can be so polarizing. Some women live for it. But just as many swear they could never wear it—and then there is that whole issue of Girl Hot/Boy Hot. (A lot of men just don’t understand FASHUN.) They do kind of have a point, though. Sometimes a very bold, opaque red can look a little heavy and overdone. (Part of the reason why I felt inspired to write this rant.)
But that doesn’t mean ALL red lipsticks are that way. Today I want to talk about a little sub-category of reds that are actually not heavy or scary or hard to wear at all. They’re soft and pretty and and face-brightening, and they work on a whole range of skin tones.
Here’s what I’m talkin’ about, on Amy Adams this week (at the NYC premiere of Man of Steel):
See what I mean? It’s red, but it’s a soft red. I like to call it a strawberry red. It’s not really what people broadly describe as “berry,” though—those tend to be darker and more wine-coloured. Strawberry reds are a brighter/lighter and veer more towards the pinky-coral part of the colour spectrum.
And gosh, they’re so much easier to wear than traditional reds. Look at Amy’s makeup and see how it doesn’t even look like she’s wearing a lot—the lips, cheeks, eyeshadow and hair all harmonize together. (Although you don’t need to be a redhead to pull off this look.) I particularly love how she paired the lips with the shimmering copper on the eyes. Just like the strawberry red, it’s a softer way to emphasize features without having any darkness or harsh lines.
What Amy’s wearing on her lips is a shade called French Kiss from a new-ish makeup brand, Votre Vu (I can’t figure out if they’re sold in Canada yet, so if you’ve seen the stuff, let me know!). Unfortunately, French Kiss won’t be out until September, so here are a couple other suggestions.
L’Oréal Paris Colour Caresse by Colour Riche Lip Colour in Sunset Angora, $9.99; click here to learn more and purchase.
I came across this while searching for a dupe for MAC Lipstick in Strawberry Blonde—my original (and probably still the best) strawberry-red lipstick from the mid-’00s. (Sadly, MAC no longer sells it.) The pic above seems a bit orange, but if you go look at the comparison The Gloss Menagerie did, Sunset Angora is pretty close to Strawberry Blonde.
Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in 109, $7.49; click here to learn more and purchase.
Found this one by going down another rabbit hole of dupes for now-discontinued products. Revlon used to have a matte called Strawberry Suede, which was one of makeup artist goddess Lisa Eldridge’s favourite shades. This post at Nancy Girl shows that this Rimmel London is a close match… if you wanted a little shine, you could layer some gloss on top.
I feel like there was also a YSL strawberry a couple years back, but I can’t for the life of me remember the name. Clearly, this is an under-served lipstick category! I don’t know why more companies don’t make strawberries—and even worse, discontinue them.
Are you feeling this softer, not-too-bright red lip on Amy?
Got any intel on other strawberry lipsticks out there?
Can we quickly talk about her hair? People are saying she got a haircut—but to me it looks rolled under, like a faux lob. Right?