6 Ways to Wear Red Lipstick


“Red lipstick is more than just a color, it has a voice,” says CHANEL Beauty Ambassador Rachel Goodwin.

In an exclusive new story on The Violet Files starring supermodel and actress Amber Valletta, Goodwin transforms Valletta into a time-traveling beauty, starting in ancient Egypt and ending with the powerful, off-duty glamour of today. In 6 Ways to Wear Red Lipstick, Goodwin recreates the hue’s biggest moments throughout history, and tells us how the beloved yet scrutinized shade made its mark on beauty history. In addition, she offers three original red-lip beauty tutorials.

With a penchant for beauty history and a wealth of trivia-worthy beauty facts, Rachel reminds us there’s nothing more alluring or enduring than a bold red lip. Here is Rachel’s Red Lip history and how to recreate the best looks today:

· ON THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN RED LIP: Red is a color of passion, power and feminini­ty. Its legacy has lasted throughout history, starting from Queen Nefertiti’s bright, red lips. You won’t see a statue of her without them.

· ON THE 18TH CENTURY RED LIP: The sensual flushed cheek and stained lip look, popularized by women of the eighteenth century, is as effective now as it was in King Louis XV’s royal French court. To achieve a similar look, apply red lipstick with your fingers to the center of the mouth, press lips together, and blot away excess pigment with a tissue. Dab the same lipstick onto cheeks for that just-pinched healthy glow.

· ON THE 1920S RED LIP: Women during the 1920s were exploring their masculine energy, it was the era of the “la garconne” look with embellished lips and eyes and men’s clothes. There was a feeling of rebellion and the idea of being vamp.

· ON THE 1950S RED LIP: Red was such a signature color of the 50s – it was beguiling. There was an air of sophisti­cation, particularly with the matching lip and nail look. That idea of matching still translates to today. I think the most elegant, chic look is when a woman has matching red lips and nails paired with a cotton t-shirt and jeans or a black suit.

· ON THE 1990S RED LIP: This is the girl who cares but not too much. She’s the sexy rebel. It’s not an exact science but she’s clearly slept in her makeup from the night before and in the morning she’s touched up her lipstick just a bit – she looks like she didn’t try, but she definitely did.

· ON THE CURRENT RED LIP: The texture has to be perfect: It’s both creamy and matte, and not too shiny. Wear it with messy hair, almost no other makeup, and a leather jacket, and you will feel like you can take over the world.

How will you wear your red lipstick?

Mamasita Amber
Mama of three children and proud new mama of a standard poodle named Prince Miguel.

10 Responses to “6 Ways to Wear Red Lipstick

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    Robin Rue (@massholemommy)
    5 years ago

    I normally don’t wear lipstick, but love these ideas! Thanks 🙂

  • I have to admit I do love a good red lipstick – I wish I could rock them more often. x

  • I need to find the RIGHT shade of red – every shade I try out makes me look like a hooker LOL

  • These are great ideas! I usually go for a more subdued color, but now I’m itching to make my lips red.

  • These are fun ways to change up the look a bit. I remember that 90s rebel sort of look. I think it’s coming back!

  • Red lipstick can be so dramatic, and I love all these looks. Wish I could wear them myself but they really don’t look good on me.

  • I can’t do red lipstick, but I love to see it on other people

  • I mainly wear vampy burgundy reds as they suit me the most .

  • I love a good red lipstick but have yet to find the perfect match for me. I love the lipstick history by the way 🙂

  • ruussso@gmail.com'
    R U S S
    5 years ago

    I adore red lipstick. I used to be ‘scared’ of the shade and didn’t really know how to wear it but as soon as I discovered the beauty of it – it is now my favorite lip color. It’s strong, timeless, and exudes confidence.

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