Sade continues to be the master of the signature look and the master of a classic red lip. She knows her colors and what works best on her caramel skin. Her large forehead graced by her slicked back hair and bushy eyebrows gave her a distinct look that was not common at the time of her career’s peak. Most singers in her genre rocked over-sized curls and wigs, but she took a step back and did what worked for her and is still working for her to this day.
Sade’s voice is timeless. Her talent inspirational. Her beauty, iconic. She’s established herself as a singer and songwriter that pens our heart strings in perfect melodies and in the exact words we want to say. This Nigerian-born British singer’s lasting affect on fashion and beauty can even be seen in how her classic slicked-back ponytails and signature bold red lip influence designers like Jean Paul Gaultier once who sent his models down his spring runway in uncanny Sade-eque get ups.
Deep, purplish reds. The secret to Helen Folasade Adu’s (better known to the world as Sade) signature red lip is the combination of two MAC reds. Media Lipstick and Cyber Lipstick layered together make up her classic “Sade” red lip. It matches her personality perfectly. Quiet but bold.
Inspired by this iconic black beauty, star and fierce woman, here are a few tips on how to find your signature lipstick in your perfect red (or any color).
WHO ARE YOU?
Think about your personality. Are you the life of the party or are you a sexy bookworm? Make a mood board if you have to of images and women who inspire you. Are you drawn to women like Janet Jackson or Beyonce or are you more of a Michelle Obama or Whoopi Goldberg lover? This will help you hone in on your personality type – Party, Eclectic, Classic, Edgy, etc.
THINK ABOUT YOUR DAILY MAKEUP
Finding a your signature color an be fun, but honestly not every color works for “everyday” wear. You need to be able to “feel” your signature color whenever you wear it. A lip that matches your personality will work for every day and that’s what you want for a signature lip. You want one that will work with a full face of makeup and one with a “Sade” face – a face that has a hit of foundation and a light swipe of mascara. Finding a color that works for a bare face is your safest bet as it will work for a made up face as well. This is that color that you can wear with a pair of black over-sized sunglasses and a BB cream and still look flawless.
FIND YOUR PERSONAL BEST COLOR
Once you target your personality type, and remember to focus on finding something that works for a natural face, it’s time to find your color. The easiest step would be to go to a makeup counter like M.A.C or Bobbi Brown or a store like Sephora to get help from an expert. Once you tell them you are looking for a color to match your personality, they can help you figure out your color based on your skin tone, the color of your hair and eyes and how you wear your makeup day-to-day. For picking the perfect red, see our expert tips for Your Best Red Lipstick.