by Susie Kuse
Classic, rich red is the iconic Valentine’s Day color. The color of love, of beating hearts, passion and deep-seated desire. It’s emotionally intense. It raises your metabolism, quickens your breath, and increases your blood pressure.
No wonder the classic red lip is always the rage for Valentine’s Day!
But what if you’re not a “red” person? Maybe you don’t want to be that forward. Maybe you’re more comfortable with pretty, flirty pink? Or a sleek, sophisticated nude.
Whichever style suits you best, here are the Cupid-approved shades in reds, pinks or nudes from the glamorous Ellis Faas, and health-conscious Social Paint.
She’s described by Vogue Paris as “one of the most influential make-up artists of her time”. Her work is on the covers of the world’s most famous fashion magazines. She’s worked with many of the best makeup brands and fashion photographers. L’Oreal asked her to help create a make-up line for their brand Biotherm.
When her contract with L’Oreal expired in 2007, she was inspired. She created her own line.
When describing the classic Ellis Red, Cate Blanchett said, "In order to be striking, a lipstick must take your skin tone into account.”
Ellis agrees. Her brand is based on the colors that our bodies produce naturally.
Of course, these tones are complex and rich, but shared by every one of us. Her Human Colors are perfect for every skin tone, age, and style. And they are cruelty-free, contain no parabens, and have no scent or taste.
Kristen Wallace Tostado developed her brand from an entirely different viewpoint. Diagnosed with Celiac disease in 2004, Kristen needed to clean her diet and beauty routine to heal herself. She started to dissect every ingredient list looking for gluten. She was disappointed to also discover how many harmful chemicals are in our daily products.
Frustrated by the lack of products available, she created her own line of lip glosses that are cruelty-free and gluten-free. She didn’t stop there though. Social Paint lip glosses are free of carcinogens, hormone and endocrine disruptors, parabens, sulfates, pthalates, triclosan and petrochemicals. They’re anti-aging, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, AND they have SPF 15 using non-nano zinc oxide, which is tasteless and odorless.
Kristen is on a mission to create the perfect cosmetics using only the best of what Mother Nature offers.
Like us at Indie Beauty Market, she believes that you CAN have it all. You can look and feel your best without worrying about dangerous ingredients in your skincare and cosmetics. When you’re trying to heal from inflammatory issues, this is so important!
So whether you prefer a subtler effect or a dramatic flair this Valentine’s Day, your lip color can suit you perfectly.
Here are our favorites from Ellis Faas and Social Paint: