I read an article from the New York Post “Will Red Lipstick Kill or Kick-Start Your Career?” Then, I read another one from Allure Magazine. While neither of these are scientific, it was fun, and reaffirming, reading the interesting opinions on red lipstick.
Aliza Licht, author of Leave Your Mark, a career guide, is consistently asked by women if she thinks a red lip sends the right message. So, Aliza took to social media asking nearly 15,000 online followers to get answers. Her findings are in the New York Post article, but I thought I would sum up her results:
Q. Do you think that red lipstick is appropriate to wear in the workplace?
A. 91.2% of women said “Yes, people should look and dress as they see fit.”
Q. What does red lipstick say about the wearer?
A. 78.8% said “She’s confident!”
Q. Do you think red lipstick is appropriate to wear to an interview?
A. 46.6% said yes (so, I’m guessing 54% say no?).
Q. Do you think people are judged for wearing red lipstick?
A. 14.7% said negatively
The other article I read was from Allure magazine which listed “Four Scientifically Proven Reasons You Should Wear Red Lipstick All the Time.”
1. People will think you’re younger. This is the #1 reason I like to wear red lipstick! As you age, facial features, like eyebrows and lips, get noticeably paler as you age because your skin gets darker. When I was younger I didn’t like to wear lipstick because I didn’t need to. But, seriously, ladies in their 50’s need color on their face. However, you also have to not go wild all over your face with makeup. My favorite way to wear red lips is with a paler eye color. That creates balance.
2. One study showed if you are a waitress, you’ll get more tips if you wear red lips.
3. A 2011 Proctor and Gamble study with Harvard found that red lips could make you look more competent at work. Men and women were asked to look at 25 photos of women of all races and ages with different degrees of makeup on. The photos of women with dark eyes and lip makeup were viewed as more competent than one who were bare faced.
4. You’ll take more selfies. Studies have shown if you wear red lipstick you are likely to post twice as many selfies in a week as those who go with natural lip color.
Here is my favorite lipstick to wear…Bobbi Brown Harlow Red Art Stick. It’s a cherry red.
Mother, a gentile southern lady, was a firecracker in the lipstick department. She embraced colorful, bright lips so it’s no wonder I have inherited her love of kissable lips!