How To Rock a Red Lip

I’ve secretly admired red lipstick on some of my favorite celebs but for some reason I’ve strayed away from wearing it myself. This past weekend I was in Georgetown shooting street style when my friend mentioned she was on the hunt for the perfect red lipstick. I invited myself to tag along.

First stop was Sephora where I tried on NARS Dragon Girl. After I applied it I just felt silly…I looked at my girlfriendand I said: “I am doing the MOST right now!” Her and two other friends who joined us reassured me that it looked good but I wasn’t convinced. Bold red lipstick was a big step up from my neutral glosses. I quickly removed it and bought some boring Jack Black lip balm. Instead of giving up completely we headed over to the MAC store. Since I admire June Ambrose so much I figured I’d give her signature color Ruby Woo a try. I wasn’t immediately sold but after much self convincing I purchased it.

On my way home I checked Twitter and to my surprise I see twit pics of some of my girlfriends showing off their new Ruby Woo lipstick! I told them it was so ironic because I just bought Ruby Woo as well!

1. Mia (Make-up Artist) 2.Jasmine P. (Jeweler) @jasminepennama| 3. Elle Gee @ellegee47 | 4. Melissa (Vintage Shop Owner) @rifashionme 5. ME  6.Mani | @zuri_one 7. Nik Foster | @thenikkifoster 8. Morg @morganstats 9. Kelz (Model) @kellenicole|  10. Toni @antoniathegreat 11. Carmen (Blogger) @godmeandmoney| 12.  Siobhan @uuteaeff 13. Jovi (Blogger) @jovizi |  Related post: A Little Red Goes A Long Way 14. McGee  @lmoney21

I know some may think, what’s the big deal? It’s just red lipstick..NO its actually much deeper than that. Carmen at wrote an amazing post -Black Girls in Red Ruby Woo about self acceptance, embracing your features and not becoming a slave to your own insecurities. I realized a part of me cared about what other people would think of me if I wore red lipstick. Well not anymore!

For all the ladies, use #ImREDy on Twitter when you rock red lipstick!


  • Reply November 17, 2011


    You are wearing that red lipstick well my love!!

  • Reply November 17, 2011


    Looking good girl!

  • Reply November 17, 2011


    i feel the same way, going to a party next weekend…im gonna go big! red lips!!! let ya know how it turns out!

  • Reply November 17, 2011

    Candice J

    Go head girl!

  • Reply November 17, 2011


    I used to stray from red lipstick as well but recently started venturing out into red, pinks, and even orange toned colors. I love it, my boyfriend not so much haha. Love the color on you.

  • Reply November 17, 2011


    Great post! I absolutely love a nice red lip! It just screams glamour and confidence! Looks great on you hun! There is no turning back now…HAVE FUN! lol!

  • Reply November 18, 2011

    gina iman

    Pretty! I just purchased “Such Flare” from the MAC Holiday collections. Heard it was a less drying matte version of Ruby Woo. Love it!

  • Reply November 18, 2011


    I already thought this but I’m now really convinced the Rudy Woo is jsut a universal red that looks good on EVERYONE! MAC really got it right with this one.

    I was the same way about red lipsticks but now I think it’s so fun!

    You look great!!! Keep rockin it!

  • Reply November 19, 2011


    Still looking for the perfect red,maybe i should try this…you look amazing!

  • Reply November 19, 2011

    Dr. Reginia

    I am a new fan of the red lip. I recently tried it and I think I did well.

    I love your look. You did well.

  • Reply November 19, 2011

    Channing in The City

    Ooww! You make me want to revist a full on red lip. I usually just blot it on like a stain. Very pretty :)

  • Reply November 19, 2011


    Thanks ladies! I want to try other lip colors as well. I think I will do more beauty posts like this in the future. I just wonder why the men don’t love the red lip as much as we do???

  • Reply November 19, 2011

    Emily Kate - Capital Style

    LOVE the post and am going to See about Ruby Woo. I’m also loving the matte red. Have you checked out MAC Matte Russian Red. It’s fantastic.

  • Reply November 20, 2011

    Sondra - Chic Chocolate

    Ladies, please don’t be afraid of reds. It’s all about finding YOUR red! Naseya, love the Ruby Woo. Because of this post, I’m rocking’ a red tomorrow for work! Starting’ Monday Morning off right!! Ciao!!

  • Reply November 21, 2011


    Ruby Woo looks great on you! In fact, I think Ruby Woo looks great on our type of skin. It’s just something about it. I had me a RW but it got stolen last year. Haven’t replaced it yet.

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  • Reply January 1, 2012


    Okay…you’re encouraging me to get out of my comfort zone. Earlier last year, I made a move into colored gloss, i.e. a mere pink, and that was a big leap. Haha! I’ve worn red once in my life and initially hated it but kept it on and after a few hours loved it. I think…I’ll give it a try…soon. ;)

    • Reply January 1, 2012


      DO IT!!!!

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