I've gotten proficient at makeup over the last 15 years - at least enough not to embarrass myself. My last hurdle is red lipstick - I've never found one that works for me. I have tried MAC's Russian Red, Ruby Woo and New York Apple; NARS Dragon Girl, and a bunch of true reds from Revlon and Maybelline.

I can wear intense lipstick colors, particularly plums and fuchsias. I can even wear Revlon's Black Cherry with a little blotting. Am I someone who just can't wear reds? I'm very cool-toned: blue veins, dark ash-blonde hair, lots of pink in my skin.

Here is a pic of me wearing Black Cherry:

And here is NARS lip pencil in Damned:

Whenever I try a red lip color, I can't shake feeling like a clown. Is there a sheer or blue-toned red I haven't tried yet? Anyone with makeup expertise to advise?