Are you one of those people who don’t normally wear red? A few times a year around Christmas or Valentine’s Day you possibly step out of your comfort zone and wear a red garment, scarf or possibly a muted red lipstick if you are really brave! I found that a lot of people are so apprehensive to wear red, especially lip color! So, I decided that this was the perfect subject for my February blog. Let me give you a few fun facts on why you may decide to choose this crimson color more often. First of all, it makes a statement, it excites the emotions, and it energizes and motivates us to take control. Kind of scary to the shy and quiet type, huh? Another reason to wear red isto give you the boost of confidence that this strong-willed color brings. But if you come across a bull, don’t panic! Bulls are actually color blind.
The color red is a warm and positive color associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive. It signifies a pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination.
Being the color of physical movement, the color red awakens our physical life force.
Our prehistoric ancestors saw red as the color of fire and blood – energy and primal life forces – and most of red’s symbolism today arises from its powerful associations in the past:
In ancient Egyptian culture, red had associations with life, health, and victory.
Chinese brides traditionally wear red wedding dresses for good luck.
The red stripes on the United States Flag stand for courage.
Seeing the color red can make your heart beat faster.
All reds are not created equal. Aside from light and dark shades of red, there are basically two kinds of red: yellow-based reds are “tomato” reds. Blue-based reds are “berry” reds. Some say that males are more attracted to the tomato reds; females to the berry reds. I find that when wearing lip color there are so many varieties of red. Most people have a preference of what red they choose according to their skin tone. But the problem is most people have no idea if their skin tone is warm or cool. So, let’s figure this out. It’s all in the veins. Take a look. If you have blue or purple veins you are a cool skin tone. If you have a greenish tone to the veins, you are a warm tone. If you cannot tell the difference, most likely you are a neutral. This tone is mostly associated with olive complexions. Lucky neutrals can be comfortable in a variety of shades – it comes down to your personal preference.
So, for warm tones look for orange tinted reds, like copper, cinnamon, rust or melon red. Cool tones will go for berry red, brick, burgundy, and more violet reds. There are also reds that are somewhat neutral or a true red, like a crimson or scarlet.
There is an abundance of redtones to wear with either warm or cool toned skin. Have fun and make a bold move to have several red items in your wardrobe; then, grab a beautiful muted red lip colorfor daytime, and a statement red for evening.
The most important color symbol in the Bible is red. As you know, red is the color of blood. In the New Testament, Jesus’s sacrifice often employs the imagery of blood (John 6:55, for example). Red also symbolizes atonement, sacrifice, life, death, and flesh.
Step out and in confidence and know that you are loved!
Remember you are all together beautiful; my darling, there is no flaw in you! (Song of Songs 4:7)