Red or Dead

March 4th, 2015

March 4th, 2015

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It’s a classic for the lip or nail and a fab new trend for the eye, but who knew there were quite so many shades of red?  Not quite 50, but a whole spectrum of reds can be found in the catalogues of the world’s leading art supplier Windsor and Newton.  Here at Warpaint we went on a mission to find out what exactly the difference was between your vermillion and persimmon reds.

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The red shadow trend is hot right now, but requires a great deal of skill to apply and to carry off.  It needs to be bright and bold when used on the eye – our favourite rich reds include Illamasqua’s Daemon, MAC’s Strike While Haute and Make Up Forever’s Iridescent in Red.  Other reds worth looking at include OCC’s Red Iron Oxide, Sugar Pill’s Love + or @#$%! , Ben Nye’s Fire Red and Sleek’s eyedust in Zing.

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But it’s the classic red lip that really caught our attention;  the popularity of a full spectrum of red on both catwalk and celebrity red carpet never diminishes.


For a rich, jewel Ruby red there’s Kryolan’s Professional Lipstick in shade 191.  Burgundy is a warm wine red – Barry M’s Burgundy is a perfect match for that grape.  The hint of blue undertones in bareMinerals marvelous Moxie Raise the Bar is an authentic Raspberry, and NARS Heatwave is a spot on Poppy red.  Chantecaille’s Cerise encapsulates the pinky hues of that colour, and we found our Rose red in the shape of Chanel’s Passion Rouge Allure Lipstick.

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When you imagine blood it’s Crimson, and Clinque’s Matte Crimson is the best blood red we have seen.  Carmine is an altogether brighter shade, matched perfectly with Charlotte Tilbury’s Love Bite.  The Elizabeth Arden Red Door Red was classic Scarlet and their lipstick of the same name is that exact shade.  Maroon is on the dusky side of the wine shades and Lipstick Queen’s Black Tie is the epitome of blackened red.  Make Up Forever’s Vermilion is bright and cool, just like the red itself, and Estee Lauder’s Vengeful Red from the Pure Color Envy Collection is a deep Cadmium.

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Not the most well known of reds but the cheery, orange-red that is Persimmon has been created by Paul & Joe, with a lipstick of that exact shade.  Tom Ford has some delectable reds, but his Cherry is as ripe as any of the fruit.  Continuing down the wine red route, Kevyn Aucoin’s Everlasting is a delectable Claret and Burberry’s No.18 Lip Cover is a match for the chocolately red that is Brick.  Finally, Rimmel’s Red Nose Red by Kate is the perfect pop of colour for the Cardinal Red robes of the Vatican.




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