I just got back from seeing The Dark Knight Rises, and the very first thing I did upon opening my laptop was search online to track down exactly what shade of red Anne Hathaway wears as Catwoman. Sadly, the Internet has no answers for me. Here’s the best photo I could find:
It’s a really beautiful shade of red, especially in shots with slightly better lighting. And since I’ve been on a bit of a red lipstick kick for the past year, I was very very interested in solving the mystery. For now, I’ll have to be satisfied with the reds I know and love, and there are actually a lot of them.
Any makeup is trial and error, but I find that is especially true when it comes to red lips. What looks great on one person may look garish on another. Here are a few shades that work for me:
Fresh Sugar Lipgloss in Sugar Cherry. Like all Fresh products, this gloss smells delicious. It’s not sticky, but also not particularly long-lasting. The tint is definitely cherry red, but pretty and natural. If you find red lipstick too intimidating, a red gloss like this one is a great way to start. Baby steps!
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Starlit. This is a new purchase for me, and I’ve worn it at least twice a week since adding it to my collection. It is a tiny bit sticky, I’m not going to lie. But it’s also a gorgeous, shimmery ruby red. The color is deep and vibrant, and the shine fades a bit but the color lasts and lasts. This is the longest lasting lipgloss I’ve ever owned, hands down. I can apply it at 8 a.m. before leaving the house and still have tinted lips by lunch.
Revlon Lip Butter in Cherry Tart. I own several shades from the Revlon Lip Butters line, and they are all awesome. The look of a lipstick, with the creamy smooth application of a lip balm and the shininess of a gloss. This is a very bright, candy apple red, but the color is buildable and a single swipe gives you just enough color for daytime wear.
Poppy King for J. Crew. This limited-edition color was designed to capture the custom-blended red lipstick appearing on nearly very model in the J. Crew catalogue. It’s an orangey, coral-red, and very opaque with not a lot of shine. Definitely moving more into the Grown Lady Lipstick category, but the color keeps it looking young. This I would not wear to the office, but it pairs well with a sailor-stripe tee and jeans.
Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red. This is definitely the most grown-up (and also most intimidating) lipstick I own. You have to be very careful with your application, and even with the pointed edge of the lipstick bullet I find a lip brush is needed. The color is very old-Hollywood, but it’s also a bit fussy and requires frequent mirror checks and reapplication because it tends to fade a bit unevenly. It’s a true red, heavily pigmented with a matte finish.