Growing up, I was mostly a fan of wearing lip gloss and natural lipstick colors like Cinnamon Roll by NYX. It was only during my senior year of high school, which was primarily spent in the hospital battling Leukemia, that I grew to finally love bright red lipstick.
Chemo and radiation can truly take a toll on your looks, so make-up became especially important to helping me feel good about myself. However, heavy make-up like foundation, powders and blushes were medically forbidden. That left lipstick, which I started wearing to give my face a bit of color and pop.
The first red lipstick I was introduced to was Ruby Woo by Mac Cosmetics. And while it was really great, I wanted something with a bit more staying power. This led me on a quest that eventually ended with me purchasing what I now consider to be the best darn red lipstick on the planet: Kiss of Fire by Dose of Colors.
This lipstick is super matte, super red and perfect for women with darker skin tones. My color changes drastically throughout the year. And while I have to switch and mix-and-match different foundations to accommodate my changing color, Kiss of Fire remains a constant. No matter how light or dark I get, this lipstick looks good. Always. See 👇🏽