I felt like I had to give the new Maybelline ColorSensational Bold Lipsticks a shoutout and a proper post on here. It was about a month ago when I first found them and I keep purchasing more shades when I’m out and about. The lipstick range is just what it sounds like: pigmented, rich, audacious shades that will put down a major pop of color. The collection has everything from light nude “greige” shades to a dark blue and black shade. Since red lips are classic and never go out of style, I wanted to feature one of my new favorite red lipsticks that is not only gorgeous, but also budget friendly. Smoking Red brings the sophistication with loaded opaque crimson color.
Smoking Red is a unique red shade, in my opinion. It’s not a full-on true red, but it’s also not as dark as a true crimson. It has a “smoked out” look, as the name implies, where the edges are darker and the middle of your lips look slightly brighter. The shade has a mostly matte finish, but it is not at all patchy or drying on the lips. If anything, the matte finish makes the product last longer.
Whenever I apply a shade like this, I always line my lips with a lip liner. You don’t need to be too particular about the brand or even the shade, as long as it is in the red-crimson color family. The reason it doesn’t need to be a perfect match is that you’ll end up covering the lip liner up with lipstick anyway. I just like to outline my lips when using a very bold color like this so that the lines of my lips are straight and correct.
If you find that you’ve made a mistake with a bold shade like this, go ahead and use a concealer that matches your skin tone and clean up around the edges with a small precision brush.
The ways in which you can rock Smoking Red are endless. It looks great with some false lashes and nothing else. It also looks great with some light brown eyeshadow in the crease and lower lash-line like I did here. I always keep the rest of my face makeup to a minimum when working with a shade like this because you don’t want to overdo it.
I personally adore the entire line of Maybelline ColorSensational Bold Lipsticks, and I’ll probably keep adding shades to my collection as I continue to aimlessly shop in Target and purchase a lot of fun things I don’t need (isn’t that what Target is for?). Smoking Red just happens to be one of the most beautiful shades I own from the line so far, and I think a sexy, classic red lip never goes out style, especially when it is universally flattering on all skin tones!
Each lipstick retails for $5.99USD at drugstores and mass retailers nationwide, making these a major beauty bargain.
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