The 1950s was a decade for Red Lipstick. Women’s lips had been dedicated to shades of deep red, brick red, light red, apple red, and blue based raspberry reds. This daring beauty statement has always been symbolized as mysterious yet bold. Such a pigment choice pairs well with all skin types. Red lipstick combined with red nails is a lifestyle, not a trend, which in return continues to exceed any other hue sold. The classic red lip can paint any event in your life with timeless grace, prompting a wondering eye to stop and stare. Whether you’re attending a holiday gathering, seeking a bold change in your choices of make-up, or dinning at a romantic restaurant, the final touch will always be your lips.
The classic 1950s face was often advertised as a sculpted perfection that the average woman would have a hard time achieving, but that’s not the case. With the right colors, tools, and techniques, you’ll find yourself gracing a mid-century pin-up beauty routine.
With the application of a classic red lip, the key is toning down what else you apply creating a natural, flawless appearance. Finding a red lipstick is like finding the perfect LBD. It’s hard to find, but once you find it you can’t live without it. First, apply your foundation dabbing a little on your lips then a light sprinkle of powder.
Tip: I highly recommend using a flat top foundation brush; you will use less product which in return provides a flawless base.
Next, take a lip liner preferably a similar shade to the color you’ve chosen and begin outlining the outer corners of your lips, then accentuate the vertical groove of your lips to enhance its entire shape. The liner will help eliminate the rogue hue from bleeding.
Tip: Hold your lip liner at a 45-degree angle and apply it with short, light-handed strokes. Never draw harsh lines or it will look askew as the lipstick wears off.
Utilizing a lip brush, rather than the standard lipstick itself. Shaping the lips perfectly takes light sweeping swipes following your natural lines, be careful to not go outside the lines you create with the liner. If you want shine, choose a clear or red gloss to go on top of the lipstick. Keep in mind, however, that the 1950s lip was usually matte.
Tip: For those that want their teeth to look whiter try a blue base red.
And always, remember to experiment with all red hues & formulas before deciding that red doesn’t work for you. It will take several attempts, however you will never find a hue that is more historical and classic than Red Lipstick. By incorporating some of yesteryear’s trends into your wardrobe, you can create an entirely new look that shows off the true flair of your personal style.
Written by Doris Hobbs