YSL Rouge Tatouage

Its the season for red lips. Like the other 3 seasons there is no time more perfect for wearing a red lip!

Actually I do believe that fall and winter are the best seasons for red lipstick. In the hot, white light of summer red can be overwhelming, but in the dull light of fall and winter a red lip can be a breath of fresh air. It lightens and brightens your complexion, and makes you both look and feel vibrant, gorgeous and alive.

If you have been following this blog for a while then you already know my favorite red lipsticks, and I will put a list at the end of this post, but I have a new one (or 5!) to add to the list.

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Meet my latest obsession, YSL Rouge Tatouage. I have been wearing it every day and think its the best thing ever.

YSL Rouge Tatouage

YSL Tatouage Couture is a liquid-matte stain that gives you high impact color but with a lightweight, naked feel to it. The color is gorgeously saturated, especially in the bold pinks and the reds. Red lips can be tricky to wear, because not only do you need to get the undertone correct, but with its bold, attention stealing hue you have to get the texture absolutely right. Most matte reds dry the lip out, so a few hours into wearing it your lips look flaky and bubbly, and suddenly your killer red lip is just a mess. Glossy reds are hard to wear because even if they aren’t slipping they typically give the illusion of being on the move, and also look messy.

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Apart from the fabulous selection of colors what I am loving most about the Tatouage reds is the finish. This is a matte that stays looking healthy all day. The ink-like formula is designed to give you 8 hours without needing to reapply. It doesn’t crack or dry out. Lips look both luscious and precise, the two requirements for pulling off red to perfection.

I have a cool skin tone, so the perfect Tatouage red for me is Shade 1, Rouge Tatouage. This is a vibrant pink red. Shade 10, Carmin Statement is a medium blue red and is also great for cool toned girls.

Shade 12, Red Tribe is a rich, true red that I am loving for my olive skinned girls, along with Shade 13, True Orange, a bright coral red. Shade 9, Grenat No Rules is a rust red, also lovely on warmer skins and dark skins.

YSL Rouge Tatouage

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I wish I had bought Rouge Tatouage prior to my Paris trips this year. It is the perfect French girl red that looks completely stunning with very little other makeup.

My other favorite red lipsticks:

MAC Ruby Woo has been a long term favorite blue based red lipstick.

Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red is a classic, old Hollywood red.

Tatcha Kyoto Red is a vermillion, geisha inspired red.

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Red lips always look so fresh and modern.

They imply strength and self confidence. Red lipstick refreshes and brightens any look. It can take jeans and a white t-shirt from casual to fabulous, and can turn a little black dress from merely pretty to absolutely stunning.

They are the perfect foil to not having time to put makeup on – a little foundation, brows, mascara and a swipe of red lipstick paired with tousled hair takes you from undone to French girl insouciance in the blink of an eye.

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Red lipstick channels both your inner rebel and your inner seductress.

Choosing a red lipstick can feel a little overwhelming, with what seems to be an endless array of color variations to select from, but it’s actually quite easy.

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Fair Skin

If you have fair skin or are cool toned you will look fabulous in pink-reds, blue-reds and cherry-reds.

Medium Skin

If you have medium/warm/olive skin tone your best red is an orange-red. If you want more depth you can also wear a brick-red.

red lipstick for olive skin

Dark Skin

If you have a darker complexion your best reds are berry-reds and deep, resonant reds.

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The trick to mastering the perfect red pout is in the technique you use. Red lips love precision, so start out with  a good lip liner. Rather than trying to build your lip, stay along the line. The goal is a crisp lip line that also prevents the lipstick from feathering.

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Apply your first coat of lipstick, blot it on a folded kleenex to help create a stain, then re-apply.

Keep your eye makeup simple. A simple bronze-gold eye shadow is gorgeous with a red lip.

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Is your skin starting to look dry yet? What about your hair?

Winter is notoriously tough on your skin and your hair, stripping both of vital nutrients, leaving hair looking frizzy and lackluster and skin looking dried out and grey. More than any other time of year you need to give your skin and hair extra loving in the winter!

Today’s Product Spotlight is the French girl’s secret weapon, Huile Prodigieuse.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse

Huile Prodigieuse is a dry oil. That means it doesn’t leave a baby oil type of slimy feeling to the skin, it feels like a lotion finish, definitely non-greasy! Made from six different plant oils, it nourishes, hydrates, softens and repairs skin and hair.

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It’s not hard to see why Huile Prodigieuse is France’s leading beauty oil. This is a multi purpose oil, you can use it on your face and body for silky, smooth skin, and also on your hair to soften dry ends, or to get that French girl disheveled look. You can also use it on your hair as a mask before shampooing, for a super nourishing treatment.


You can use Huile Prodigieuse year round – it’s not just a winter skin product.

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I use it on models for magazine shoots, like this image from the Summer 2017 issue of Luca Magazine.  I also wear it and love it myself.

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There are two types of Huile Prodigieuse. The regular and the Or (French for gold). Huile Prodigieuse Or has gorgeous gold flecks that make your skin shimmer in candlelight, or in any light. Either is gorgeous!


Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse

If you have friends traveling to Europe, or if you are traveling there yourself, you can find both types of Huile Prodigieuse in regular pharmacies, and they are incredibly affordable. If you are buying it in the USA it is more expensive, but worth every drop!

It can be a little tricky to find this fantastic oil in the USA, but I have found the regular oil here at Amazon.com and the Huile Prodigieuse Or here at Amazon.com

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