First off... RED LIPSTICK!
I have spent a good long while hunting down a decent matte red lipstick that suits my skin tone and doesn't dry out my vampish pout! I've never been sure what shade to choose, and was excited to learn there's a rule, here is what a lovely make up artist told me (All you red lipped aficionados out there probably already know this, but just in case you don't)...
All Skin Tones: True primary red – like a classic London Bus colour. Some argue that true reds still work best on pale skins.
Cool Skin Tones
(Pink undertones, if you sunburn easily this is probably you... and is definitely me):
Blue tones of Red, Plum tones. Pink tones of red, Berry Reds, Blackberry Reds, Brick Reds.
Warm Skin Tones
(Yellow undertones, you most probably tan well too... lucky things):
Orangey reds, Warm reds, Tomato reds, Brown based reds, Golden reds, Tawny reds.
Also... Blue toned reds will have a whitening effect on teeth... bonus!
So, I have been hunting for a matte red lipstick with a blue hue... In spite of asking depart store assistants for this it seemed I was either proffered a matte coralish toned lipstick (which simply doesn't suit my skin tone dahhling!) or worse, purple lipstick (I felt like sarcastically muttering "no dear, that is purple... not red with a blue hue!")
Mac Ruby Woo was the last one I tried. It's a gorgeous shade, has a lovely smell... but... for me it was a wee bit dry and not at all the right tone of red as it's a little on the orange side. I must say though, in spite of the dryness, it is a good buy and lasts a long time. So if your skin suits an orangier shade it's £12.50 a tube and worth a little treat.
Besame Red I discovered at Goodwood, whilst shuffling through the scanties at "What Katy Did". Is there anything I can say that's negative about this little tube of wonder? Not really... if I'm being over critical, the fact that it is a dinky little tube and costs £13 is a shame. But it's definitely worth a treat. It's matte but not drying, the texture is smooth and glides on perfectly, the smell is gorgeous, they also use denser colors and contain powerful pigments that make wear time last longer, all the ingredients are natural and the packaging is based on the designers Grandmother's original 1940s lipstick tubes. All in all I am delighted with this lipstick and now have my eye on some of the other Besame products! Pass me my piggy bank... and a hammer!