I've always had a love-hate relationship with red lipstick.
The fiery, passionate hue has long been favored by Hollywood. Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe all loved red. Hayworth loved a real red, Taylor made candy apple red her signature shade, and Monroe's pout featured a rosy-pink red.
Lipstick's origins date back 5,000 years to Mesopotamian women who crushed semi-precious stones to adorn their mouth and eyes. A few years later, Cleopatra drove men crazy with lips featuring a red hue extracted from crushed beetles and ants.
I love the classic, romantic origins of red lipstick. Sadly, I hate the way it looks on my face. A smear of red on Scarlett Johansson makes her look seductive. A smear of red on me makes me look like I'm related to Bozo the Clown.
Thankfully, I discovered a great shade of rouge as part of Cincy Chic's sold-out Lady in Red event, a fundraiser for the American Heart Association on National Wear Red Day.
Nancy Dawson and the team at The Bridal Studio in Covington showed me the best shade to compliment my fair skin, blue eyes and blonde hair. These talented ladies said Lancome's Absolute Rouge matte perfect red ($29.50) was the best shade to make teeth look white and creamy skin pop.
What do you think?
I've always favored a deep, bluish-red - something that straddles the classic look of Coco Chanel and more vamp references, but was excited to branch out and try something different.
Do you have a favorite shade of red? Now is your chance to show it off, and in return, you could win a pair of tickets to the sold-out Lady in Red event this Friday night (at a secret location to soon to be revealed!).
All you have to do is "Go Red" on Facebook - post a photo of you wearing your favorite red lip to Cincy Chic's wall. You'll be entered to win twice if you make that photo your profile pic, too.
One participant will be selected to win two sold-out swag bag tickets, a $50 gift certificate to Stone Creek Dining Company, and a personalized FACEing makeup class gift certificate with BRIDEface.
Photo must be posted on Cincy Chic's Facebook page by 5 pm EST Thursday, February 2, and the profile photo must remain participant's featured profile photo until 5 pm EST February 2.
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