Any excuse for a new red lipstick is a good excuse, right? The airline Virgin Atlantic has debuted its own lipstick, Upper Class Red, in collaboration with actual makeup purveyors bareMinerals. Random! The color is modeled after Virgin uniforms and the airline’s “grooming manager” explained the lipstick’s blue undertones are universally flattering. Female flight attendants will be wearing Upper Class Red to work, while the rest of us can buy the $23 lippy through Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Spas or the airline’s in-flight shopping magazine. Or we could just smooch a stewardess. [Telegraph UK]
Sadly — and please, get your hankies ready because this is a tearjerker — I was born with no upper lip. My bottom lip is modest, but the top lip is so thin it’s practically non-existent. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always seen lipstick as something that would only draw attention to my miniscule pout. Oh, but I dreamed about wearing it, particularly in a glamourous shade of red! I thought it was not meant to be until one day, a tube of Charlotte Ronson’s Petite Kisses lipstick in “Fabiola” landed on my desk and I thought, Oh hell, might as well give it a try. And what do you know, it looked good. It’s not that it made my thin lips look like they were torn off Angelina Jolie’s face; no, the wine stain-esque color enhanced the shape of my lips which, until then, I hadn’t realize was quite lovely. I love this lipstick so much, I wear it every day now and am convinced the color would look amazing on everyone. Get it when you buy Ronson’s limited edition “Masquerade” set from Sephora, which also comes with another of her lipsticks in a brighter pink and an eye shadow palette.
First things first: I never wear red lipstick. I have a fatal combination of lips with a tendency to chap and a complete destitution of desire to draw attention to myself, especially my damn face. I own a number of red lipsticks, all of which I have bought with the best intentions and a daydream of a new lease on life, but they collect dust in the back of a drawer somewhere. But I just read this article over on xoJane, and I’m totally inspired. It can be a real challenge to find the right shade for your skin tone, so I thought it would be in my best interest to take cues from the people who know best*: celebrities. Maybe even I can find my perfect red, thanks to the stars. Tell me your favorite in the comments!
* Probably not.
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Is this the real Christina Aguilera or a wax statue escapee from Madame Tussaud’s? All the red lipstick in the world can’t make those eyes look less vacant. Seriously, who thought this was a good photo for the cover? [Guanabee] Keep reading »
Looking like an outtake from Kanye West’s “Monster” video, here’s British model/actress Kelly Brook smeared in red lipstick for Exhibition magazine. (Full NSFW-ish pics, after the jump!) I hope this lippy isn’t Revlon Colorstay Overtime because girlfriend is not going to be able to wipe that stuff off for another 16 hours. [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »