Tuesday, 2 July 2013


Australian women love many things. A glass of wine at the end of a long working week, summer breezes on a hot day and amoungst many other naughty pleasures, the one that often gives the most is lipsticks... Boy do they love lipsticks! And so often women mention to me the difficulty in knowing which colours suit them. So Im going to help a little!

Im going to be using MAC lipsticks as my examples.. Why? Because they have the biggest range, theyre well priced and they have something for everybody!

Lets start with chatting about textures first.. Textures are what decides how WOW you want to go with your lippy. Its all about the coverage of pigment on the lips that what gives it that bolder finish. If you want that softer wash of colour on the lip- then something with a higher shine or gloss. This will mute a colour down. If you go for a matte, the colour pigment will be at its fullest and so will give a "heavier" affect.

Though in saying that, something with higher shine wont last as long as a matte.. but a matte will dry out the lip faster than a lustre. There are also in between finishes, which to a degree can give you a bit of love from both finishes..

If you want to wear a bold lip but don't want to dive straight in, go for a lustre.. a soft sheer wash of colour with a slight sheen.. a good way to feel confident without feeling as though everyone is looking at you!

Ok so now to some colour! Im going to break the colours down in different posts and first up....


First question I ask is: what kind of red do you want? A sexy red? A pop of red? Or a natural soft red?

Sexy Reds

Russian Red

A beautifully rich blue based red which is really sexy on the fairer ladies but goes brighter as the wearers colouring gets darker!


For the Olive toned ladies who may or may not also have auburn/red hair and for the older ladies not wanting anything to crazy. An orange based creamy matte! I love wearing this colour also when I want to wear a day time red but nothing too out there..


A deeper brown based matte red.. uber sexy! Oh, and apart of the Viva Glam range so 100% of the proceeds go towards MAC's HIV/AIDS fund.. yay!


Pops of Red

Ruby Woo

This retro matte is so popular amoungst women across the world- is has its own texture! A retro matte essentially is a matte but has an extra kick in the matte department. What is its strength is also its weakness. People love it for its ability to stay on and last and others complain that it can be drying, Regardless, this lipstick is cool and works with everyone! This bright, blue based red is great for those coffee drinkers wanting a brighter smile or for anyone looking for a fun lippy. And if its fun youre after... you need go no further.

Lady Danger

Ok, ok.. calm down! Yes this is the lipstick that EVERYONE is talking about. The colour that has a waiting list at MAC and the colour I get asked about all the time.

This colour is an orange based red, very bright and has a lovely creamy texture. Works on everyone, so if you have the confidence to wear a lippy that has some kick... live dangerously and wear this one..

Natural Reds

Lady Bug

Ok, i totally get it- you want the look but not the punch. You want the wow, but not the wowzers. A red that is quite natural is hard to come by so Lady Bug is a great soft, sheer orange based red that is easy to wear and not too full on.

A great one for those wanting to start out slow or for those wanting some colour for day wear but nothing too crazy! With its lustre texture this lippy is also great at keeping the lip hydrated and shiny!

So, I hope you this has helped you on your quest to finding your perfect red. A lipstick is like a pair of shoes, once you find a pair that fit perfectly and show off all your assets.. youll never take them off!