On packing my weekend bag for our Parisian get-away a few weekends past, I decided to go classic and somewhat traditional with my holiday wardrobe: a Breton-stripped cashmere jumper; a bright orangey-red knitted dress to wear with heels for dinner; skinny jeans worn tucked in to knee-high black boots; a big and beautifully patterned scarf to keep out the March-chill; and of course the essential component for any Paris holiday wardrobe – red lipstick!
Perhaps it was a desire to blend in with the beautiful locals, I’m not sure, but there is something unfailingly-French about wearing red lipstick. Mine was a matt-red, full-bodied but not flashy number from Clinique – I’d love to tell you the name of it, but annoyingly it doesn’t seem to have it on the bottom of the stick anymore – and I wore it both day and night. For anyone who knows me and knows my laziness when it comes to make-up, wearing lipstick day and night is somewhat of a big deal for me! But, I was glad I did, for those French ladies are big into red lipstick and I spotted it on women everywhere!
From a cartoon-pop of pillar-box red to a juicy-cherry-red hue and even a subtle but statement-making almost burgundy, red lipstick was EVERYWHERE!
Unable to take photographic evidence (without causing alarm!) of my best red lipstick spots to share with you, I have had to take to Pinterest instead to collate some of my favourite red lipstick looks inspired by Paris. Ooh la la, enjoy!
Photos sourced on Pinterest.