Dare you to wear Red Lipstick all week…!

This week I’m daring us to wear red lipstick. All week. From morning till night, regardless of the occasion, company or mood you’re in.

Am totally stealing the idea from a cool book I’ve just started to read called Anonymums about a few mothers who, bored with the perceived monotony of their lives, give each other dares to spice things up a little.

Made me think about how it is easy to fall into a fashion rut once we become mums, and we acquiesce into the sartorial monotony of our ‘mummy uniforms‘.

So, at Fox in Flats we’re instigating a ‘Dare of the Week‘ where each week we’ll challenge ourselves to trying something that might just be out of our style comfort-zone, but might just spice things up a little too.

This week’s dare: Red Lipstick

The rules:

Wear red lipstick everyday, from when you get dressed in the morning till you brush your teeth before bed at night.


If you don’t have a great red lipstick, now’s the time to find one. Head off to a cosmetics counter where they should be able to help you find a great red to suit your colouring.


Some tried and true red lipsticks to consider:


How to apply & get it to stay on longer:

  • Buff lips with a washcloth or toothbrush to make sure they are smooth.
  • Swipe with a little lip balm to soften, then blot with a tissue to remove.
  • Dab concealer over lips to give the lipstick something to grip onto.
  • Use a neutral lip liner to softly line the lips and fill in with colour.
  • Apply lipstick with a lip brush or directly from the tube – the biggest difference here is how long it takes.
  • Separate a 2-ply tissue and press one layer on top of your lips to blot the colour.
  • Reapply and blot again.
  • And to avoid getting lippy on your teeth, poke your finger in your mouth, close your lips around it and pull it out. It’ll remove the parts of the lipstick that would end up smeared on your teeth.
  • For more detail and other great tips on how to apply your red lipstick, check out this great post over at Super Kawaii Mama – that girl sure knows how to rock a red lip!
OR, if that’s all too hard:
Simply dab lipstick on your finger and gently smudge it over your lips. It’ll give you a modern, sexy stained look – just be careful to keep within the lines of your lips or you’ll look like you’ve been pashing all afternoon.
Keep the rest of your makeup neutral for a fresh, polished look for day, and be ready to check and re-apply regularly or you’ll end up with crazy red rings around your mouth.


Share the Dare!

Share the dare with your buddies, and share back with us to tell us what it’s like.

Is it a hassle or easier than you think? How does it make you feel: vamp-ish? camp-ish? tramp-ish? or just totally glam-i-fied?

In the book, one of the Anonymums tried the exact same Red Lipstick Dare for a week and chronicled her day-to-day experiences. It was eye-opening. Who’d have thought a little red tube of waxy stuff could make such a difference?

If you’re up for the dare, share your experiences in the comments section below, or on Facebook or Twitter, and feel free to showcase your racy red lips by attaching a photo.


Thanks to everyone who’s had fun with the dare so far…Mwah! Mwah! Mwah!

…but you can join in any time! 


Are you in? Or are you ‘Chicken’?

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Interested in seeing how I went with the dare? Check it out here.

PS: Got a style-dare you’d like to propose? Email FoxInFlats {dot} com {dot} au with your idea – we’ll choose a new one each week. 


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  • This is great! I tried this for an outing with my boys a few weeks ago (after reading Anonymums) thinking none of them would notice. The minute I got in the car, my 3 year old piped up, “Mummy, your lips!”

    • So cute when they notice things like that. 😉 

  • This is great! I tried this for an outing with my boys a few weeks ago (after reading Anonymums) thinking none of them would notice. The minute I got in the car, my 3 year old piped up, “Mummy, your lips!”

  • Candice DeVille

    A GREAT dare! I can’t tell you how many women say to me on a weekly basis, “Oh I wish I could wear red lipstick!” It isn’t that they can’t it’s just that they haven’t given it a ‘red hot’ go. 🙂
    The only thing I’d say though it that the whole, “dab and smudge onto your lips” is a massive no with red lipstick. It’s too messy and not defined. It works ok to do this with a gloss or a stain, but not a lipstick or you’re asking for circus clown face.

    • Whoa thanks for the tip there Candice (although I do sometimes smudge it before school pickup. Now I know why I get those curious looks 😉

      Note to women: Ignore my advice re smudging xxx

    • Whoa thanks for the tip there Candice (although I do sometimes smudge it before school pickup. Now I know why I get those curious looks 😉

      Note to women: Ignore my advice re smudging xxx

  • Eloise Verlaque

    Andrea, your red lipstick challenge could not have come at a better time.  This week my husband and I ended our marriage and I came home to find a less than charming message written on our bathroom mirror with my only red lipstick.  I have spent the last three days moping (about the marriage, not about the ruined lipstick lol) but I think its time I went for a trip to the shops and bought myself a new red lippy so at least I can face the world with some zing in my step.  p.s. I just read the preview of Anonymums on Amazon and it sounds great – I too am rather disheartened that I have a ‘sponge preference’ 🙂

    • Oh Eloise, I am so, so sorry to hear about your marriage. 
      And about your only red lipstick. Bastard. 
      A clear sign that it’s time to start afresh, and what better way to do so than with a burst of colour? 
      I’m only part way through the book but am loving it. One of those where you nod a lot, and laugh a lot. Maybe good timing for you to read. 
      Big Hugs to you Eloise. xxxx

      • Eloise Verlaque

        Thanks Andrea xxx  Have a great rest of the weekend!

  • SB

    I love it! Fab idea with the red lipstick (outside of my comfort zone, I’m usually a neutral gloss kinda gal- eek!)and I LOVE the idea of a dare each week!! I’m looking forward to seeing what happens 🙂

    • Yay! It’s gonna be fun! x

  • Count me in, Foxy! I loved reading ‘Anonymums’ and it really woke me up and inspired me to shake things up in the Mummy-Rut!! Am off to find the perfect shade of red!! Ooh La La!!! xx

    • Ooh La La is right… I’d love to know what shade you choose. 

  • lsturino

    Next week’s dare? Red shoes with EVERYTHING! Open toed? flats? who cares! How much fun is that?

    • Good idea – will add it to the list. Keep ’em coming, I think we’ll have some fun 😉 

  • lsturino

    By the way: One great benefit of the red lipstick is that your kids start school this week.  Give them a GREAT BIG KISS ON THE CHEEK and send them off to school.  I guarantee it will start a whole new fashion trend at school!

  • Gilliankennedy01

    I think I’m too chicken. I’ve never been able to do lipstick although I did have a ‘black cherry’ phase in the 90’s;) hmmmmm…. Leave it with me.

    • Gillian, If you did ‘black cherry’ in the 90’s you can do Red now. C’mon… c’mon! x

  • ‘Sisterhood of the Travelling Red Lips’. Red Lips in car on Sunday Family Outing. 

  • ‘Sisterhood of the Travelling Red Lips’. Red Lips in car on Sunday Family Outing.

  • ‘Sisterhood of the Travelling Red Lips’. Red Lips in car on Sunday Family Outing.

  • Meegs

    Definitely C-H-I-C-K-E-N

    • Burk, burk, burk, burk….

  • Pene

    Yeah Foxy – I am in for a dare!!  Love a good clean dare that does not involve thoughts of teen years and spinning the bottle!!  So yep I am going to ramp it, vamp it, tramp it and sex it all up with “Red Tomato” – it is Revlon colour stay liquid and it stays on ALLLL day!!  I only wear it occasionally, but for this week I will be rockin the red!!  How much will it alter my wardrobe I wonder??…  

    • May alter your wardrobe. May bring our your alter-ego… Bring it on! x

      • Here’s the photo Pene just emailed me – Awesome lips Pen! Thanks for sharing. xxx

  • I am definitely IN! Love this dare – because I do love a good red lipstick! And loving Isturino’s dare for next week too – red shoes, but dare I say I cheat on that one as I usually do wear red shoes? 😉

    • You’d look awesome in red too – can picture it. 😉 x

  • Designer Mamas

    Right I’M IN!  My red of choice is Napoleon Lady In Red Lipgloss – nice and bright!

    • Oh that sounds gorgeous! 

  • Great challenge Andrea! love this and will be accepting your dare!

    • Right on! I reckon you’d have some great ideas of how to best wear your hair to go with the lip. Let us know any of your tips! x

  • On way to the gym this morning…feelin’ slightly overdressed but hoping the red will make me run faster 😉 

    • Pene

      Will definitely make you run faster!  Faster AND sexier!!  Win win!! xx

  • Anonymous

    Just found this, and it’s apt as I have just got into Estee Lauder’s Scarlet Siren lipstick and have been living in it.  Even on the school run – I know I might look ridiculous, but I can’t help myself.  Am totally in love with it.  

    • Did school run today in it. Thought I clocked a few odd looks this morning, but I think it was more that I was wearing with my gym clothes. 

      • Anonymous

        So hear you.   But I’ve decided red lippy with gym gear is OK.  A formal up-do with gym gear is not.  

        • LOL! The girls at the gym didn’t bat an eye. Actually, for the first time I looked around the class – really looked – and there was A LOT of makeup action going on. A lot. 
          Agree. Formal up do, not gonna work. Nor would a facinator. 

  • I_am_Kimba

    Oooh goody, I just bought a gorgeos pair of red shoes from Karen Millen. I feel very vixen-like in them! Long live red!

  • What I’ve learnt today: Red Lipstick and takeaway coffee should be approached with caution

  • Mrs Tully

    I took your dare! So glad I did, haven’t bought a new lippie in ages!!

    • Saw your lips on Twitter – you look hot! x

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been wearing red and darker shades a lot lately. Am loving it, although Friday night saw me have a few more wines than usual and I was forever fiddling with it! And getting it on my teeth… ;-/

    • See, I can totally imagine you it reds! 
      Re the wines & fiddling…Trashbag 😉 . Next time we are in the same room lets make sure we’ve got a glass of vino in hand and we can get lipstick on our teeth together ok? xxxx

      • Anonymous

        Oh yes please! come visit, it is beautiful here at the moment. I could do with a wine and a friend 🙂

        • Coolio! Might be heading up that way for a special charity I work with in Nov. Will keep you posted. x

  • SB

    Ani idea for another dare- perhaps I’m the only one who saves my nice matching underwear for special occasions (ie. not very often!) but if there are others out there who also spend most of their time in sensible ((boring)) undies and very practical bras then perhaps the challenge might be to wear nice knickers etc all week for no reason except that we can!

    • Oh SB I’m in LOVE with this idea!!!! On the list. May have to bring it to a vote…

      • Pene

        What about a dare NOT to wear knickers for a day?!!!!  🙂

  • With my little one today. Watchin’ the clouds with my red lipstick… Bliss. 

  • Ladies, if you’re on Twitter check out the Red Lipstick Dare hashtag and the pics everyone is uploading. Gorgeous stuff! #redlipstickdare 

    Loads of lovely lips cropping up on our Facebook page too: https://www.facebook.com/FoxInFlats?sk=wall

    Whoo hoo! xxx

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  • Feef Schwab

    Trying this dare. Dug the lippy from the bottom of the pile. My red chunky coral beads are getting an airing this week.

    • Yay! Feef, I was the same – not in my usual repertoire, and had to dig around the cosmetics pile. Let us know how you go! x

  • Me ‘N my Monkeys

    I’ve been playing along for the last 2 days, so far i have been asked a million times “where are you going” and “Have you got a new man”. Hehe Having fun Keeping people curious!  🙂

  • Took the Red Lipstick Dare to the beach today – what stunning weather!

  • Took the Red Lipstick Dare to the beach today – what stunning weather!

  • Anonymous

    oh am I too late?? Im off to find a red lippy to make me look good (its hard being a red head!) sounds like fun!!

    • Hi Sarah,
      I reckon this dare should be taken by EVERY WOMAN at some time or another! It is eye-opening and liberating…! Have fun x

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  • Anonymous

    I have been ignoring this on twitter because I have never been able to wear red lippy without looking like courtenay love. Maybe I need the right shade… Might be closer to giving this a go…

    • mmm, worth a try. It’s kinda fun… 😉

  • Tania

    I adore red lipstick and am always in search of the ‘perfect’ blue-red. I own (and love) Mac Russian Red and Ruby Woo plus a host of others (Estee Lauder ‘perfect red’, Erre Due ‘Kiss me Forever’ are two current faves).

    I haven’t worn red lipstick much recently (mourning a dear friend’s death and just didn’t feel it was appropriate). However, you inspired me and I wore it twice on the weekend. I decided my friend would want me to celebrate life. It was an instant mood lifter!

    You have to feel like attention when you wear red lipstick though, because you’re going to get it 🙂

    • I am so sorry to hear about your friend. And thrilled this made you feel a little bit better. Big Hugs x

  • Alex

    Great idea!

  • Rae

    Really loved that book – wish I knew who wrote it!

    • Me too! I still have not idea…those wiley women! 

  • Lou

    Great article on Mamamia – am so proud of you! 

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  • MultipleMum

    I have never worn red lipstick in my life! I would feel ridiculous! Maybe I could just wear ANY lipstick for a whole week? Too wimpy? Thanks for Rewinding x

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  • Mel

    Thankyou for such a wonderful challenge! I’m having some serious health issues and can rarely leave the house anymore but I still feel a bit more like the old me when I put on some gorgeous red lippy and see my reflection 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Mel, you are most welcome – and I’m sorry to hear about your health issues. When we’re sick, the little things can make a real difference. You might also like this article – Operation style – http://bit.ly/ju9o5c 
      Big hugs to you x Andrea

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  • Not so daring – I wear a red lip most days!  Does it count that I’m a childless working type lady and not a SAHM?  I still love your tips FiF and your dares 🙂

    • FoxInFlats

      Still counts!!! Thanks for the awesome feedback x

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  • Unfortunately we weren’t around when this brilliant dare was concocted. With the largest range of long-wearing red lipsticks (yes, ONLY red!), we could have done 3 weeks without wearing the same shade twice xx