NARS Audacious Lipstick in Carmen

My love for red lipstick and belief that everyone can wear red inspired me to start Really Red, a series where readers submit photos of themselves in their favorite rouge hues. Since that first post in 2012, I’ve seen so many of your beautiful faces in my inbox (some still waiting to be posted), talked to celebrities about their favorite shades, and continued on my own quest to find the perfected red. Well friends, that quest is finally over. I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve found my new signature lipstick! Meet NARS Audacious Lipstick in Carmen.

It’s a blue-based red that brightens my entire face, the hallmark of a truly complementary red lipstick. The color is so vivid it’s almost electric, but in a way that maintains the integrity of a classic red. Each of the Audacious Lipsticks are named for iconic women that influenced NARS founder Francois Nars, so I can only dream of who this particular Carmen might be, but if I had my way it would be inspired by my childhood fashion icon, Carmen Sandiego.

I haven’t paired Carmen with a liner yet, though if I did I’d use Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-on Lip Pencil in 69. I have been loving it on top of Buxom’s Lip Foundation in Naked (clear). It’s a slightly tacky lip primer that helps creamy lipsticks stay in place, matte lipsticks glide on more smoothly, or prolong the wear of any lipstick. I’m obsessed!

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Carmen

If you’re still looking for your signature red, take a scroll through the Really Red archives. If you’ve found your match, won’t you tell me about your favorite in the comments below?

PS if you’re looking for details on this look, there’s an outfit post with the details!

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  • I’m beginning to love my red lippies more and more, I love finding a good Matte one though.

  • I love mattes, too! But creamier finishes are more comfortable to wear, especially long term. It all depends on how I’m feeling, though 😉