Here’s a fashion tip that is always in style: if you want to ‘wow’, think red painted fingernails and red painted lips. Then, to add to the universal cosmetic appeal, dress in garments of black. This is the perfect combination for a fashion heart attack!
Some women think they can’t pull off red lipstick and red nails, when in reality, every woman can wear the color red well. No other color of lipstick draws attention more than bright red, luscious lips. Your lips speak volumes without moving!
Simple Steps to Pull off Red Lipstick or Red Lip Gloss:
- Exfoliate the lips with a Qtip or brush and then dry the lips.
- With a red lip liner pencil, trace the surrounded natural lip line to keep the lipstick from bleeding and to create a frame.
- Apply the lipstick inside the lip lines, either from the tube or with a brush. A matte lipstick will give a dry look, where a lip gloss will give a wet look.
- Blot the lipstick if you are using a matte lipstick.
- If desired, use a Qtip to blend the lip liner in with the lipstick or lip gloss.
Five easy steps for a luscious, sexy, gorgeous, kissable mouth of red!
Red Fun Fact: A large reason why red lips and red fingernails conjure up images of sensuality and sexuality is because the color red is associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. Red exudes a strong, powerful masculine energy, yet in the realm of cosmetics, the color red shouts 100% woman!
Red fingernails, when paired with red lips, exude movie star high glamour. Bright red is a definite head turner, but various shades of red produce ‘on fire’ glamour as well. Think maroon, burgundy, crimson and scarlet. A variety of red shades that scream “I’m here and I’m not going anywhere…taking over this town! Beware, this fashion diva is around!”
Okay, so you’re heading out for a fabulous evening of fun. Or, let’s say you’re going to the theater, or perhaps dinner and a movie. You’ve revved up your lips with raven red color, fancied your fingernails in roaring red. Now, for the final act? Dress in black! What a great way to ramp up the fantastic fashion vamp in you and stand out from head to toe! In the mix of color schemes, this if by far the best, most sensational way to go!
Black Fun Fact: The color black is secretive and unknown, and as a result, creates an aura of mystery. Black means power and control, much like red, and mixing red cosmetics with black garments makes one ooze power and mystique.
The color black is often seen as the color of sophistication, affluence and success. Be a true fashion success when your beautiful body is draped in a riveting black dress.
If in doubt, think the ‘little black dress.’ This dress is known as a black evening or cocktail dress, cut simply and often quite short. Fashion historians ascribe the origins of the little black dress to the 1920s designs of Coco Chanel and Jean Patou. The dress is intended to be long-lasting, versatile, affordable, accessible to the widest market possible and a neutral color.
Red lips and red nails plus a little black dress for a look that’s the absolute best!
Little Black Dress Fun Fact: The little black dress is considered essential to a complete wardrobe by many women and fashion observers, who believe it a ‘rule of fashion’ that every woman own a simple, elegant black dress that can be gussied up or down, depending on the occasion. A little black dress worn with a blazer and pumps is suitable for office daytime wear, while a little black dress offset with five inch high heels and numerous jeweled accessories turns the same dress into off-the-charts evening wear!
Now, add bright red lips and roaring red nails into the mix and you have a full fledged over the top fashion affair!
And how about the hair? For a sexy, youthful look, have your hair hang down straight or lightly curled. To look more elegant and sophisticated, give the off-the-shoulders bun or swept up hair a whirl! Ah, what a lovely girl!
Although wearing the color black has been a fashion mainstream for centuries, the popularity of casual fabrics, especially knits, for dress and business wear during the 1980s brought the little black dress into vogue. The little black dress is so well-known that it is often referred to as the LBD.
The LBD, popular for centuries!
Put fashion to the test – red lips and red nails and a little black dress! Ah, simply the best!
“I see you’re fashion daring with lips and nails so red, and a dress of black.”
“This combination is a definite win for a fabulous woman’s clothing rack.”
“You look absolutely stunning. I can’t take my eyes off of you.”
“Yes, I get that a lot. What’s a glamour girl to do?”
“Are you saying that the constant attention bothers you?”
“I’m merely saying dress how you please. To thine own self be true.”
“So the constant stares are just a hazard of dressing to kill?”
“If it’s a by product of what I have to put up with, this fashion plate will!”
The perfect combination of red and black will always win the test – heads and tails above all the rest!
Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website http://www.nancymangano.com, Twitter @https://twitter.com/nancymangano, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at http://www.struttinginstyle.com, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mangano/362187023895846