Pucker Up!

Red Lipstick
John Wagner
Red lips will always be reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour. They brighten the complexion and bring out the white in the teeth and the eyes and are so stylish, you only need a sweep of mascara to finish the look. Here are the perfect Valentine’s Day picks. 

True-blue reds brighten paler skins with pink undertones. Spring’s runway models paired them with sun-kissed bronzers for a less monochromatic look. Chanel’s Rouge Hydrabase Creme lipstick in Saturn sets the standard for red lipstick. $23.50. Marshall Field’s. Sephora Cream Lipstick 91 is a great value at $12. Sephora, Ridgedale, 952-513-1306; Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-854-1517. Lip Lingerie’s Bullet Bra’s megasparkle pot of color comes carefully tucked in ruffled bonbon paper. $20. Cherie Boutique Fran├žaise, 775 E. Lake St., Wayzata, 952-475-2212.

It’s important to consider texture. If matte seems extreme, opt for sheer gloss—that way you can adjust the color. For extra shine, top both off with a coat of clear gloss. Culture Bloom is a new color from the lipstick line that put M.A.C. on the map. $14. M.A.C., 2922 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-825-0685; MOA, Bloomington, 952-814-9800. DuWop’s Shades of Venom in Belladonna ($18) and Lip Venom gloss ($16) boast a moisturizing formula that also increases circulation to enhance natural lip color. Nordstrom, MOA, 952-883-2121.

For a natural, luminescent, feminine face, subtle earth-toned reds balance the skin’s undertones. NARS Lip Lacquer in Diablo creates a decadent, translucent shine. $22. Neiman Marcus, 505 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-339-2600. Origins Flower Fusion in Azalea hydrates the lips with real flower-wax extracts. $15. Origins, Galleria, 952-929-9518; MOA, 952-858-9665; Ridgedale, 952-546-0840. Carroll Britton’s Rhubarb is a good sheer, subtle starter shade. $23. Carroll Britton Cosmetic Studio, 3916 W. 50th St., Edina, 952-925-9626.



  • “When painting your lips, it’s better to put on a few sheer coats of lip color as opposed to one thick coat. This helps lipstick last longer and gives lips a more juicy look.”
    —Fatima Olive, beauty consultant for Marshall Field’s

  • “The effect is light, matte, and a little imperfect, like lips that have been stained red by a cherry popsicle.”
    —Laura Kenney, beauty writer/editor for Sephora

  • “Now red is a retro look with clean eyes, not a lot of shadow, making the mouth the focus.” 
    —Carroll Britton, founder of Edina-based Carroll Britton Cosmetics