The History Of Classic Rouge

Red lipstick has become a classic beauty staple for women of all ages, ethnicities and personalities – it is one of the few multitaskers that add instant glamour, definition and sophistication to your look in a single clean sweep.  Iconic figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Gwen Stefani and Dita Von Teese have been immortalized in it’s sexy image.  Made to resemble and exaggerate the natural pigment that healthy and fertile women possess in their youth, red lips go far beyond just their aesthetic appeal.  It is an instinctual attraction.

The problem?

Modern women are always on the run with no time for a ritual that requires such high maintenance (retouches, a steady hand when lining, etc…).  In fact, if I could count the times I’ve heard another dame tell me they love my shade but could never pull it off themselves, I’d be filthy rich.  Everyone has the capacity wear an amazingly flattering shade of rouge – it’s all about taking the time initially to discover what works and what doesn’t for you!  Always consider and respect both your features as well as your complexion when shopping for red lippy.  The undertones of the lipstick, be it blue or orange will be the deciding factor behind what will work for you – don’t be shy to ask a consultant for help to find exactly what you’re looking for (and take the guesswork out)!

In the beauty community there are a few very well known shades that have become synonymous with perfection on a formula level.  Start with these shades that international makeup artists have come to know and love and get out there to experiment on your own!

  • Chanel Dragon Vernis Lipstick (above)
  • Annabelle Rouge Velours in Adrenaline (local Montreal company)
  • Chanel Lipstick in Gabrielle


  • NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencil Lipstick in Cruella (above)
  • MAC Ruby Woo, Russian Red, MAC Red, Viva Glam (below)


Happy hunting ladies!