Friday, 24 June 2011

Am I too old for red lipstick.........

Red lipstick, is there an age limit on wearing it?

I have been toying with the idea for a while now, I love red lips, especially in winter against a paler skin.

I keep remembering an article in a magazine a gazillion years ago about Paloma Picasso and her 'red period' (not a great term, but hey). She felt that red lipsticks were her 'calling card', now I don't want a 'calling card' I just love the look! She also went on to say that 'if you have on your red lipstick you are dressed & ready for anything, I liked the sound of that!

So with this on my mind I decided to venture forth & go in search of the perfect winter red lipstick, who knew it could be so hard.......

Apparently Red lipsticks are divided into two basic groups, Cool (pink/blue-based shades) and Warm (orange/brownish based shades) once you've nailed which group you're in it should be easy, right? Wrong!

I started to peruse the cosmetic counters in David Jones, brands were not necessarily attracting me, it was whether the Cosmotologist (great word isn't it?) showed any interest, not many did. I know that I wasn't looking my best today, I have been sick for the last week you know, but I did have on clean undies & I'd washed my hair, hey I've come along way in the last few days! eyes settled on Chanel, Julie from Chanel actually, looked fab, big smile, bit older than me (age equals experience in my book), red lips, that was it, I was hooked. There is something soooo attractive about that counter, glossy black with a hint of gold & not to mention those intertwining C's. I would never have the balls to walk into an actual boutique looking for just a lippy but all bets are off at Westfield.

I explained to Julie my goal, I asked her the question 'Am I too old for red?' She answered in the affirmative & my Chanel experience began. Did I want a bold red, a soft red, a pink based red, an orange red, a flat red, an opalescent red, a sheer red, a dark red, a plum red, a wine red, a shiny red? I just wanted red! I wasn't stamping my feet at this stage, I promise, I know you don't stamp your feet at Chanel!

I was asked to take a seat, I must have been looking peakish. We narrowed it down to two, one for winter (wear now) & one for summer. So I tried on the winter Rouge Coco, Vendome & I loved it, sold! I just  had to buy the accompanying lip liner & brush you know, I am brand loyal. It was packaged up & I was on my way, straight to Woolies, to do the grocery shopping.

I walked out of DJ's with a spring in my step & a big red Rouge Coco smile.

Now as I have been writing this it has occurred to me that I probably should have just asked Nikki from @StylingYou, she'd know.....

Lisa xx

PS I was in no way paid any money/products from Chanel to write this, I did it of my own free will, but I am open to offers! (Do you think they heard me?)

PPS For you non-Twitters you can find Nikki at


  1. Funny you should say this. I've been into wearing a lot of black and red lately and discovered I don't have the lippy to match. So I've been on a journey too, but given my paleface/light hair it's even harder. I finally picked one out one night only to be told THAT one was out of stock. Still unresolved!

  2. The new Chanel lipsticks are gorgeous. I bought Lover. A beautiful blue red. Love it. And there is no way you're too old, for anything really.
    Mwah x

  3. Awwwwwww....this post makes me smile a big lippy-less smile and just makes me want to slap on some Rouge know, if I had some that is. :)

  4. Oh I am a Chanel die hard! just watched the Coco Chanel movie last night. Mwah xo

  5. Red lipstick is classy, and it is style for strong women! I think that every woman should have red lipstick in the bag!