“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”– Gwyneth Paltrow
I have always longed to be “that girl” with the semi-charmed life–a woman who can carry herself with class and dignity, exuding confidence and looking oh so sexy and chic. Nothing accomplishes that look like a good red lipstick. Red is bold, it gets attention; it says “I’m confident and powerful and I know it.” Red lipstick is also intimidating–I’m not an Audrey Hepburn look-alike, don’t have perfect skin and am not a French coquette. I’m a 50-something, 15-pounds overweight, fair skinned lady with thin lips–not worthy of red lipstick! I’ve tried reds and none have worked for me, instead of the lipstick whispering “I’m naturally sexy without even trying”, mine screams “I’m here–over here, look at me, I’m daring enough to wear red and I’m trying to look sexy but I’m failing miserably and looking clownish/slutty instead.” But I am nothing if not a persistent makeup addict, so I keep trying.
Three Custom Color Specialists, an Indie brand I adore, has crafted a timeless red lipstick in a modern, wearable formula. Designed for Talbot’s and fittingly named Charmed, this red would be perfect for Goldilocks–not too bright, not too soft, not too blue, not too bold but utterly alluring. Charmed is a universally flattering take on a classic red lipstick, a lacquered cinnabar shade created in Three Custom Color’s award-winning sheer lipstick formula–highly moisturizing, with sheer and buildable coverage to flatter a wide range of skin tones. I think I can, I think I can, I CAN wear red! This lipstick is such an ideal texture, I didn’t even need a lip liner, I applied straight from the tube with a little balm underneath and it looked fabulous! It lasted through 3 cups of my morning tea and a slice of banana bread before needing a touch up. I wore it to work with NARS Tzarine eye shadow duo and a co-worker actually said I looked beautiful. Quote– “you always look nice and put together, but today you look beautiful.” After I picked my jaw up off the floor and broke 3 of her ribs hugging her, I realized I’d found confidence in a tube named Charmed and I looked beautiful! Everyone needs confidence and everyone needs this lipstick!
Thank you Makeup Gods and Three Custom Color Specialists for answering my prayers! Charmed will be available as a gift with purchase at Talbots stores nationwide from September 9th 18th with a purchase of $150 or more.