Red Lips Are For…..

I don’t usually do discussions unless it’s a Sunday but since I missed the last Sunday and I’m impatient, let’s just discuss it today. We in Malaysia had a long weekend recently and we took the opportunity to visit my brother in Kuala Lumpur. I was naturally gravitated towards cosmetics department and I finally picked up Guerlain Luxure Rouge G L’Extrait. Yay! However, I wore it home and got my mom’s disapproval. She said such red lips are for much older women and wearing it makes younger women look 5 years older. I think my mom forgot how old I am…

Then for the evening, to please her, I wore a sheerer red. I don’t usually change my makeup for someone else, but it was my parents’ anniversary, so anything to make them happy. (Darn!) My mom obviously doesn’t know bold lips are in this season and I don’t blame her. She is a ‘neutral makeup all the way’ woman so I took her comment with a pinch of salt. My husband thinks it’s sexy so that’s enough πŸ˜‰ However, her comment made me think of women’s perception of red lips in general.



I think the photo above is appropriate because that’s the lippie that earned me that comment πŸ˜‰ I think red lips can be classy, feminine, sophisticated and va va voom at the same time. It brings immediate colour to your face and it turns a girl into a woman. Definitely not for the faint hearted. However, I disagree that it makes women look older. Wrong choice of words, I think πŸ˜‰ Β What say you? What do you think of bold red lips? I’m not talking about sheer reds because that is very wearable.Β Do you think it is more suitable for women above 40? Can’t a 20-year-old enjoy a little drama? Β What about Snow White? Oh wait, she’s born with it…LOL! Please share your thoughts. I’d love to know what you think.


xoxo Lily


  • Hanny Daforcena

    I love red lips! My mom does not agree though, she shares the same opinion as your mom heh heh heh~

    So I settle for pinks when I’m with mom and go Va Va Voom in Uni. If anyone asked, I’m testing the lippie for wear!

    • Lily

      Thank you moms for keeping us grounded… and neutral. LOL!

  • Honey

    Aww! You should have posted your photo with the red lips πŸ™‚

    I don’t think it makes a woman look older but that too depends on how it is worn and the whole made up look. Although I must say that if you wear red lipstick everyday, you do take away the oomph factor. I personally like to wear red lippie once in a while or for certain occasions.

    • Lily

      Haha! I was thinking about it… but I was looking back and forth from my picture to this model, and I think this is prettier… just by a little bit. HAHAHAHAHA!!!!
      Yes, you’re right! I also think that if you wear red all the time, you’ll look extremely washed out and sick without it.

  • I agree with the comment above me: I think anyone can wear red lips but it really depends on HOW you wear it/what makeup you pair it with. You can rock a red lip but pair it with the wrong eyes and suddenly it’s all wrong. Of course, it’s super important to pick the right shade. Some people look better in a blue-based, matte red lip. Others look better in a warmer, glossier red. But I do believe there is a red out there for everyone–no matter their age. Now if I could only find mine…:P

    • Lily

      Yes, correct. I think bold red lips go well with minimal eye makeup. However, I saw the Jean Paul Gaultier model sporting dramatic eyes and lips and the look was gorgeous too πŸ™‚ Maybe I should do a post on the different reds I own… not many though.

  • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

    I’ve had this red lip discussion with the boyfriend many times. He also thinks it’s more for older women, but surprisingly over some time he’s got used to seeing bolder lip colors on me (Guerlain Gisela Rouge G for example, got his approval). I really think it depends on how you wear it and pair it. As with most bolder shades, you really need to find one that works for you, a glossy formula will also be more wearable than a matte. Fine-tuning the rest of your makeup might also be a good idea. Ultimately however, I hope everybody has the courage to wear makeup that pleases herself!

    • Lily

      I agree with you! Makeup, in the end, is supposed to be fun. Of course, we want to look good in makeup, not to a point of looking like a clown, but many are still stuck in a dark eye, nude lip rut. As for reds, I know many who shy away from bold lippies. I for one, did not wear any BEFORE I started to blog. I think I’ve caught the bug. LOL!

      • Sunny @ Mostly Sunny

        I think bolder lips are something you really have to get used to seeing yourself with before you can fall in love with it, and before I started blogging I never wore makeup often enough! It also takes some trials and research to find out what works and what doesn’t.

        • Lily

          yup, trial and error… and that process can be so tedious and expensive!

  • Interestingly, when I first started wearing lipstick, I went straight for the deeper shades – a brick red if I recall. No one ever told me I should go for something lighter and I never did! Its only now that I’m branching out into lighter shades. I think red lips are for everyone but there are different shades of red that may not suit everyone and there is truth in the colour making the wearer look older and more matured. Sometimes, its a good thing πŸ˜‰

    • Lily

      I think I know what you mean, that looking more matured is a good thing. I used to work in an industry where I dealt with mainly sophisticated clients above 40 yrs old. I had to make sure I looked at least 5 years more mature πŸ˜‰

  • Oh moms! I think what moms mean by “older” is just more mature and grown up rather than “5 years older” type of thing haha, i think moms just think of their daughters as young and fresh all the time, and anything that makes them look grown up = “older”. Lol!

    I never really liked bold lips until this past year or so. Shockingly, my boyfriend hates colors with eye makeup but loves bright lips. I haven’t ventured into a true red yet (too scary) but i do enjoy pinks and corals and things!

    • Lily

      OMG! My husband loves bright lips too! He loves reds on me. I wonder if it’s a guy thing… πŸ˜‰ I’m sure you look great in reds, and as all the other readers mentioned, you just have to find one that works for you!