I have always loved lipstick best out of all types of makeup and it's what I am most likely to
Today, the bright red flowers on my Zygo cactus made me think about my Great Aunt Helen, the only woman in my family who wore red lips. She was an aunt by marriage, we shared no blood but she was much loved and more so than the peculiar man she married who was my grandmother's brother. Aunt Helen always wore her lipstick. She probably also powdered her nose, as her generation did and so did my grandmother who wore no other makeup at all. Aunt Helen's colour was a bright coral-red, quite vivid and yet, it was so much part of her it didn't seem out of place at all. She was not darkly coloured and I only ever knew her as mainly grey-haired. I can't recall the colour of her eyes but suspect they were grey-blue of some sort. They twinkled, and that is what you noticed most about them. If they were brown they were not overly dark. I don't know what her lipstick brand was, but it was available from a small town drugstore so I can guess. I don't know what the colour was but memory tells me it was something like this.
Revlon Fire and Ice could have been the one she wore though it looks different depending on who wears it. Whatever she used the colour above is similar to the effect she achieved.
Aunt Helen grew up in Jamaica and had a definite preference for bright and warm colours. She accumulated plenty of orange and gold coloured home decor pieces in the seventies.
Photos give me the impression she wore brighter colours when she was younger, and I don't know if her tastes changed or if she thought it was fitting to get a bit more muted with age. Her favourite colours to wear were red, green and brown, a trio I have always loved myself. She would likely add golden yellows, oranges and sometimes purples in a blouse pattern or scarf. Her hair was worn in two braids on top of her head until someone gave her an adorable wavy pixie cut when she was in her late seventies. She often wore a beret and a scarf that could best be described as Hermes type. She had a sort of old money type of sophistication that I would not have known to call that when I was a child but I could see it was distinct. There was nothing pretentious about her but she was more put-together looking than her sister-in-law, my grandmother, who had a harder life and little room for glamour.
I don't know how much my taste is influenced by Aunt Helen or just coincidentally more like hers than any other family member. It's certainly not genetic. Her colour preferences were a little bolder than mine and she wore flamboyant patterns I would probably avoid, but I always thought she looked great, distinctly herself, and I relate to her love of warm colours and floriental perfumes. I have orange things all over my home, as Aunt Helen did and my current favourite lipsticks are warm with orange undertones, not as bold as Fire and Ice but I find myself wanting to wear my orange-red lips with little other apparent makeup, just as Aunt Helen did. Whatever a lipstick looks like in the tube or whatever it might be named, different people get a red lip effect from a variety of shades that are not obviously red until worn. A bright coral-red looked just right on my aunt but would look out of place on me, competing with the rest of me. My version of red is a terra cotta colour and I'm sharing it below.
I should probably question myself over putting this photo out in public but, here goes...
Seeing the colour on me is not necessarily useful to other people. I think sometimes the effect of the colour with the overall face can be different from what it looks like close up and of course our own natural lip pigmentation always affects the colour. This is another blogger's close up of Sand Storm It seems to look lighter on her than it does on me, and more orange. Burnt peach? Still very pretty but not so much a version of red. This is closer to the effect I get with Revlon's Abstract Orange.