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Identity Crisis – Red or Dead

Ok so maybe the title of this post is a little melodramatic but I really feel like I’m lost here! I’ve spent the last couple of years building my lipstick identity, knowing what shades go with each outfit and matching lipsticks to my mood. And then I went and coloured my hair.  I’ve gone from being a natural looking dark blonde, which was a nuetral base for just about any makeup palette, to a deep mahogany red.

Whilst I really like my new hair colour, I’ve found that all my ‘go-to’ shades are now ‘not-so-sure’ shades and I feel like I’m starting all over again.  Can I wear just any red, or does it have to complement the tone of my hair, I know I can be safe with nudes, but that’s just boring and here comes the tough one – what about pinks and corals? I don’t know about you but I have this inherent belief that pinks and red clash and have this underlying fear that I’m being terribly unfashionable. It’s so frustrating! Gah!

Out of all this there has been two good things, I’m trying out lipsticks that had been shoved to the back of my drawer and I am having a bit more fun with eyeshadow, which has taken a back seat to lipstick in the past. Despite this I still feel like I need to get my groove back and so have decided to use this post as lipstick therapy.

Without further adieu, here are some of my favourite red heads showing us that our bold locks do not have to take centre stage and that lipstick can only add to our confidence and blatant sex appeal!

Emma Stone_Red Hair

Emma Stone is all Hollywood glamour

Florence Welch_Bold Red

Florence Welch does it bold with a deep red shade

Arleen Whelan_vintage beauty

Nothing says old Hollywood, like old Hollywood right? Arleen shows us how to do it with perfectly sculpted eyebrows and porcelain skin

Model Alice Burdeu looks sweet with cherry lips

Christina Hendricks_LA Times

Christina Hendricks looks lovely in the rosey shade

Karen Gillan_Gorgeous Ginger

Perhaps my favourite red head, Karen Gillan shows us that being the Doctor's companion doesn't mean you take a back seat.

sasha-pivovarova-by-camilla-akrans-for-numero-issue-86-05

Sasha Pivovarova is emulating Jessica Rabbit in this shoot for Numero

Scarlett Johansson_Vogue Paris_2009

Scarlett Johansson goes for a more subtle lip look

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A Lipstick Effect

Many of you would have heard of ‘The Lipstick Effect’, the theory which suggests that, in times of economic crisis, consumers are more likely to buy less expensive luxury goods. Can’t buy the Lexus, then buy a lipstick! In all honesty this theory resonates with me, as I truly believe there is nothing like the purchase of a Chanel lipstick to drag a girl out of the dumps.

When I think about lipstick, all it’s shades and textures, the way it evokes emotions and confidence, how the choice of a colour can give insight into who I am on that particular day, it is clear that lipstick changes me, it influences me.

According to the Sunday Times lipstick is what separates the women from the girls. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of lipgloss, it’s fun and flirty and so easy to slap on but a lipstick is something special. It’s sensual, it’s personal, it’s a statement.

This blog is dedicated to a love of lipstick.

I Heart Lipstick