how to wear red lipstick

Red lipstick is big this fall. Then again, when is it not? The classic look is timeless and gorgeous, but for a lot of women it’s an intimidating venture. The biggest question usually ends up being “Is this the right shade for my skin tone?” Certainly, not all reds are created equal.

Generally speaking, if you have an olive skin tone, look for orangey or tomato reds. Cooler skin tone? Try a shade with pink or blue undertones. Though a true, true-red, will look great on everybody.

Once you’ve found your color, exfoliate lips to prevent dryness and cracking. Next, apply a touch of concealer to provide an even base–your own natural lip color can actually alter the hue. With a lip pencil in a complementary shade (we can help you find this too), fill in lips entirely. This will make color last longer, as well as assist in even wearing of the color. Apply lipstick, then blot with tissue.

Few looks are as powerful!


All lip colors mentioned can be purchased at Bellacara, on King Street in Old Town Alexandria.

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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.

1000 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314


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