I seem to be spending a lot of time talking about red lipstick. What can I say, I love it and it is so French!
I discovered something very interesting at a party last week; yes, about red lipstick. We were gathered at a friend’s home to enjoy the holidays and before the evening ended someone announced picture time. Pictures are a great way to remember the party. I grabbed my lipstick—of course—then Cathy, our hostess, said, “Wait! I’ve got to get my lipstick.” Before you know it, everyone was talking about lipstick. I held up mine and announced, “No problem, I’ve got red,” and I proceeded to put it on every woman’s lips. The same red! I’m not certain everyone was convinced this was a good idea, but they were kind enough to go along with me.
And guess what? Every woman looked GREAT! Stunning even. The red lit up their faces and brightened their look. All this time I thought different skin tones needed different reds (see blog post). And that may still be true, but a true red, one without too much blue or too much yellow, will work on everyone! I guess that means everyone should carry a red lipstick just in case.
I purchased my red in Paris at the Monoprix—like a five and dime but so much better: lingerie, beauty products, children’s clothes, housewares, and in Paris they also sell groceries. If you don’t know it you must go!
I love their makeup and especially the brand of lipstick, Rouge Baiser (Red Kiss). It's been on the market since 1927. It is semi-matt and is designed to be long lasting, which I especially like. It’s also hypoallergenic and comes in 12 beautiful colors. I’ve seen women buy all 12 colors at one time. That is something I totally understand. I buy one or two of most of their colors just to make certain I don’t run out before my next trip to Monoprix.
My favorite color is number 421, known as Freesia. It is the red I used at the party, the one that looked so great on everyone. If you are in France, I highly recommend going to Monoprix and getting some lipsticks.
Up to this point, I haven’t found another place to buy it, but I’m going to do some exploring at Saphora and see if I can find a similar red with the same long-lasting texture. I'll let you know what I discover.
You never know what you’ll learn when you are having fun.
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