The red lipstick for people who don’t ‘do’ red lipstick

One of the beauty-related things I hear most often is some variation on the ‘Oh I can’t wear red lipstick’ thing. Which frankly, is nonsense. Everyone can wear red lipstick (and in my opinion, it looks fab on everyone) it’s just a case of finding the combination of shade and texture that suits you. To be fair, the same could be said for any other shade – nude, pink, plum – it’s never the case of a ‘one size fits all’ really. But I know there’s something a little intimidating to some about the idea of a bold red lip. So that’s why this post is dedicated to a recent lipstick discovery that’s sort of like the ‘training wheels’ of the red-lipstick family – the perfect red lipstick for people who don’t ‘do’ red lipstick.


It was a bit of an accidental discovery in fact. I was packing a few beauty bits to take along when I had a photo-taking session in the diary and wanted to be able to switch up my lipstick. I wanted a bright pink (because they’re my favourite) a red and a nude. Because that would be the quickest and easiest way of getting a little contrast and of course red is nice and festive. In typical style I was running late so went into my ‘to try’ lipstick stash and grabbed the first one that looked like a great red shade. The lipstick I picked out was in fact a Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Sheer in the shade 302.

What I didn’t realise when I picked it up was that it’s a sheer lipstick. Almost a combination of a balm and a lip colour in one. Which is just PERFECT for this time of year when chapped lips are like Christmas lights and they’re EVERYWHERE (except not as nice or pretty as the lights…). It’s also a little less intense on the pigment, which means a little less intimidating on the lips. BUT it is build-able if you’re feeling comfortable and want to dial it up you can just slick another layer or two on.

The best thing about this is that it’s low-maintenance. One of the ‘downsides’ of a red lip is that it can be high-maintenance in terms of everything from application (liner, fill, blot, repeat etc) to checking up on it, touching up and making sure it’s not on your teeth or just fading into oblivion. This one is lightweight, pigmented enough to add colour but not so intense you will stop traffic. Plus of course as I mentioned, it’s really comfortable to wear – so you’re not going to feel self-conscious and very aware that you have it on. All in all  – it’s the perfect red lipstick for people who don’t do red lipstick! But there was a clue in the title of the post really wasn’t there?!

Giorgio Armani Rouge d’Armani Sheer in shade 302 is available from John Lewis (£26.10)

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  1. December 10, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    Let me tell you, you did a gret job on this post’s title! haha I was so curious to read it! I love lipsticks like this. It reminded me of my baby lips red lip balm whitch is also quite sheer and I love it! Like you said, it’s very low maintenance and not as scary as a propper red lipstick! xx

    • Jen
      December 10, 2017 / 8:13 pm

      Thank you! That’s a great comparison actually – it is just like a balm, very sheer and comfortable!

  2. Sophie
    December 10, 2017 / 9:54 pm

    Will definitely be trying this, been looking for something like this for ages! Can I also ask where your watch is from here? I love it. xx

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