If I’ve learned anything from watching sitcoms, it’s to never go to an Ikea with a significant other. There’s something about Scandanavian plywood masquerading as affordable luxury that’ll break you up faster than you can say “Should have gone to West Elm.” If you value your current relationship, you’d do well to order your Flerg online and then pay a Task Rabbit to put it together. Celebrate by making your own meatballs at home with all the time you saved.
I’ve yet to test either of these theories. What I have tested: Charlotte Tilbury’s absolutely A+ Luminous Modern-Matte Lipstick in Red Carpet Red while cobbling together Ikea dressers (named Alex, not Flerg) with coworkers at Glossier HQ. It was time to revamp the beauty closet a bit—one tower for drugstore and one tower for prestige, with each product category (lipstick, foundation, blush…) getting its own drawer. But one can’t just ascend to organizational nirvana. One must first get really well-acquainted with an Allen wrench.
Hiring managers take note: Stop spending money on company retreats and courses on maximizing efficient co-working. Just lock your employees in a conference room and make them build a piece of furniture. Works like a charm for team morale.
Anyway. After a few hours (and a few gin-based cocktails), both Alexes were built, and my lips were still very red. There was no reapplying during the entire process, nor was there any lip discomfort (what I’ve come to expect from super long-wearing matte lipstick). Honestly, I forgot it was there. Perhaps that explains Charlotte’s personal proclivity to sleeping in her makeup. It’s not an aversion to her naked face—it’s that her formulas are so comfortable, you’ll want to wear them all the time! Even when desperately trying not to hammer a dowel straight through to the other side of your white-washed particle board. Hey, something’s gotta make the process a little more glamorous, right? Thank you, Charlotte.
Photographed by Tom Newton.
Next up in lipsticks that last: the ideal shade of red for frequent snacking.
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Paige Reifler arrived to the Glossier office with a lot to offer. Not just personality and beauty tips, like we've come to expect. Along with those, she had a tote bag full of accessories and clothes she'd been schlepping between her boyfriend's apartment and her own. One model's extra baggage is another photographer's endless options. Tom rifled through Paige's bag (with her consent) and pulled out this red scarf. Tied around the neck it would go nicely with a tiny Italian car and some gelato.
Also well-suited for the photo was something (anything) Dolce & Gabbana. Those Sicilian commercials never fail to inspire. Within arms reach was the brand's Classic Cream Lipstick in Iconic 615. It's the red, really—a perfect balance between orange and blue. Paige's skin tone was evened out with some Marc Jacobs Perfection Powder in Bisque, and her eyes finished off with a flick of YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils in High Density Black. Add in blue skies, a good traffic report, and a vintage score from Hertz (do they do that?) and you're on your way.
More spot-on red lipstick options here.
If I had a dollar for every time I stood in front of a mirror, 10 minutes before a date, deliberating whether I should put on red lipstick, I would be rich. On one hand, if done right, there is nothing more effective than a swipe of Nars' Jungle Red—it gives you a valid excuse to forgo eye makeup, relying solely on the casual cool of your natural hair and a white tee. And, in a perfect world, it makes you look Georgia May Jagger off-duty—the stuff male fantasies are made of. Yet, in the real world, you run the risk of being perceived like you're trying too hard or, paradoxically enough, a prude on subliminal defense from a potential kiss (even if you do manage to surpass the kissing frontier, there is a high chance a pressed white button-down will be ruined). In short, red lipstick is a beauty danger zone to tread at your own risk.
And yet, no matter how much we might analyze this grave matter, the jury on whether the person across the table from you actually likes red lipstick is still out. To investigate, I start by asking every man in close proximity their take on a red lip. Among my male relatives, friends’ husbands, nerdy French colleagues, and sporadic Tinder dates, I keep expecting to find a manicorn who will profess his love for a pouty red bouche. Said confession never comes. Instead, all I get is ambiguous stares, shrugs, followed by hesitant “it depends.” Depends on what? After some more unenthused reflection, they tell me that red lipstick can look nice on certain people, in certain lighting, at certain times of the day. In short, if you look like Georgia May Jagger, you might be able to get away with it, but preferably in the dark.
Although my similarity to Jagger is questionable, I decide not to give up so quickly—after all, we are talking about a multimillion dollar industry here! I head to a bar in Williamsburg armed with my trusty tube of Nars. Five minutes after entering the bar, I meet a handsome British boy who had zero qualms chatting me up all evening, kissing me late into the night, and pursuing me the following day. Granted, when I ask him later on what he actually thinks of red lipstick, he gives me the customary equivocal response, ceasing to remember that it was that very lip trick that drew him in in the first place. A week later, I find success at a black-tie birthday party in a deep-plunge Saint-Laurent gown and a mouth painted bright with Chanel Rouge Allure in 98 Coromandel. For a beauty technique that is supposed to turn men off, red lipstick seems to be working in my favor. How so?
I turn to a beauty-savvy friend for advice. “People are attracted to a red lip intuitively—it shows that a person has confidence,” she says, adding a practical tip: “If there is a chance at a kiss, go for a stain mixed with balm for a less aggressive color payoff.” Another friend who is committed to red lipstick at a Gwen Stefani level tells me that her husband has grown to love it, knowing that it makes her feel great and they are guaranteed to have a fantastic time.
At the end of the day, it's about presenting a full package: Very few of suiters care what lipstick a woman is wearing—in fact, most of them will hardly notice. What they care about is the woman wearing it, about the confidence she carries herself with, about whether or not she feels beautiful in her own skin. And, if you happen to feel beautiful with a pouty red bouche, so be it. Trust me, that extra dry-cleaned shirt will be a small price to pay.
Photo by ITG. Marina Khorosh is a Russian living in Paris by way of New York. She writes the blog Dbag Dating.