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My Style: Search for Red Lip

Pulling off a red lip requires confidence. It'll make everything look elegant and refined - whatever you wear. It's a classic that intimidates those who prefer a more subdued lip, like me. I'm quite fond of MLBB (my lips but better) shades and the thought of having a full red lip scares me. If I were to opt for a red lip, I'd go for the sheer formulas like Chanel's Rouge Coco Shine.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Monte Carlo (62)
Monte Carlo is a pink-red but it's more of a pink in my books. Pinks are fun and flirty. I can wear pinks just fine but reds intimidate me. There's only one way to wear red lipstick: perfectly. You need precision when you apply a red lip and that means no slathering on straight from the bullet.

I searched a few brands for red and settled for Illamasqua's Maneater even though MAC's Russian Red caught my eye first. I adore the matte finishes and Illamasqua is a little less expensive than MAC here, so that's what I settled for. It's a "classic cherry red" with a satin-matte finish. I found it a little bit drying but nothing that a lip balm can't fix.

Illamasqua - Maneater
I tried applying it straight from the bullet but I prefer the use of a lip brush. I wore it out to class first and I was actually quite comfortable with it. I'm not sure why I was fussing so much over a red lip.

I wore it out to dinner with some friends. I paired up the statement necklace I got from ASOS with a plain white shirt and a skirt. I put on a beige trench as I was heading out (my usual outfit when I'm heading to uni). As for the makeup, I paired the red lip with a sheer wash of peach eyeshadow and some mascara (very subtle makeup but the camera can't pick up the eyeshadow).

Makeup worn
Nails - Essence Fame Fatal with Essie Turquoise & Caicos on accent nail
A friend took this picture of me.
We walked past this giant chess set and I would've loved to play, despite the fact that I'm not good at it. None of my friends know how to play chess.
Praline Hot Chocolate at Guylian cafe after dinner. I had way too much hot chocolate.
Red lips are probably not the best idea if you're going out to eat because you'd need to reapply afterwards. We ate at Home Thai, strolled through Darling Harbour and ended up at Guylian for dessert. It was just nice to catch up with old friends.

Would I wear a red lip another time?

Hell yes.

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