Red lipstick is back!


The WSJ Style section – which, mercifully, unlike the NYT has not yet featured female genital mutilation – hails the return of Very Bright Lipstick, All the Time

The look, often referred to as “the bold lip,” requires a change for women accustomed to wearing different lipstick colors depending on the occasion. The trend makes lipstick a consistent focal point, even with casual wear. One of the earliest places it appeared was in J. Crew catalogs, which have been showing the look for a while. It dominated this month’s catalog where fresh-faced models in slim pencil skirts and faded skinny jeans wore hard-to-miss orangy-red lipstick. “There’s something incredibly modern about clean skin, pulled back hair and a strong lip,” says James Boehmer, director of global artistry for NARS Cosmetics.

Tom Ford has a $48 red lipstick, and JCrew has an $18 one; my all-time favorite is Paloma Picasso’s Mon Rouge, which is no longer made, but you can get the red look for under $10 with Revlon’s Fire and Ice (buy it through the Amazon link so I can get a small commission), which was The Color when it was first introduced in the 1950s. It also has that original first-season Mad Men retro vibe.

And, sorry, Tom, but for $48 I would rather buy lunch for two.

3 Responses to “Red lipstick is back!”

  1. MissJean Says:

    “There’s something incredibly modern about clean skin, pulled back hair and a strong lip.”

    Says someone who had no fashionable elderly relatives! My beloved great-aunts wore red and/or orange-red lipstick. A lovely Cuban friend of my family always wore red lipstick and a little red somewhere in her outfit to complement it. She had to pencil outside of her natural lips because she had thin lips, but the effect was so very elegant.

    The only problem with red is it could make women look ruddy if they had rosacea or washed-out if they didn’t have dark lashes. I am happy, though, that pencil skirts are coming back in.

  2. Fausta Says:

    Miss Jean,
    My aunt Teresa’s style greatly influenced me.

    She had great skin (managed to stay out of the sun – in Puerto Rico!), pulled back hair, and always wore great red lipstick, even when she was very old and her health was declining.

    She also had a perfect manicure all the time – but that’s a topic for another post!

  3. MissJean Says:

    Ah, Fausta, I look forward to the manicure post, then! :)