Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick. ~ Gwyneth Paltrow
|Lips: Ruby Woo (MAC) | Outlaw (KatVonD)|
I shared this photo on my Instagram account (@pumpsandstudz) earlier this week with Ms. Paltrow’s quote as a caption. At the time, I was simply looking for something to say about a simple OOTD (outfit of the day) and when I saw this quote thought it was a perfect. To me, it suggests that beauty is being comfortable with who you are, that or wearing red lipstick.
Does wearing red lipstick give me/you confidence or does it require confidence and boldness to rock a red lip? Hmmm…Interesting enough, I had never thought of it till I saw this quote.
Although many women may consider a red lip the stiletto of the makeup world and only wear it for special occasions, an occasion isn't required for me. Sporting a crimson pout is as normal to me as combing my hair or brushing my teeth. I wear it year round, day or night, and I think it is especially flattering on me when worn with black, denim, winter white, white, olive green, and shades of tan. Red lipstick wearers are considered to be the domain of the ultra-confident, it instantly glamorizes an outfit, makes your teeth look brighter, is very feminine, empowering, and dates back to ancient Egypt when women would beautify their lips with semi-precious stones.
So YES to Gwyneth's statement, besides making me feel put together and a bit vivacious when coupled with certain prints, wearing a bold red lip certainly antes up my confidence level a handful of notches.
If by chance you are in the market for a new red lipstick or would like to start wearing red, I found a great article on the best reds by skin tone. For my black/brown lovelies, a more detailed list is found here.