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Feb 10th

Paint the town red. Men weigh in on lipstick color

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photoxpress 5089910Rapper A$AP Rocky has found himself in a bit of a controversy and it has nothing to do with rap lyrics and everything to do with ... lipstick.

The young rapper openly voiced his opinion on whether or not certain women should wear red lipstick based on their skin tone and he has more than ruffled a few feathers.

A$AP explored make up tips in a recent interview with fashion and beauty blog, 'The Coveteur,' saying, "I feel like with the red lipstick thing, it all depends ... complexion. I'm just being for real. You have to be fair skinned to get away with that."

DAT PMF, as A$AP refers to himself, also gave the secrets of his skin care regime; which included daily exfoliating and cleansing his face with Witch Hazel. In a world where men are getting manicures and pedicures is it really a stretch to know they also have an opinion about lip color?

After surveying a select group of men, I found that A$AP Rocky isn't the only man who notices lipstick and the self-advertisement that comes along with it.

Here are some comments I received when I posed the question on social media.

"If your face is a canvas and the color that stands out doesn't blend with the canvas then it's a no go," said Anthony Jackson.

"It just depends on how it, and everything else is presented," said Dwayne Morris.

Derwin Turner said what's good for the goose isn't always good for the gander. "Just because it looks good on one doesn't mean it will look good on everyone," said Turner.

Lawrence Smith thinks most women would benefit from a beauty consultant when choosing lipstick shades.

"I'm usually not a fan of lipstick because most women, in my opinion, choose the wrong shade," said Smith
"I'm actually getting used to it, regardless of the skin color. At one point I had the urge to ask how much," said Chris Hervey. Not sure where he was going with that one, but OK.

Mr. Floyd, who declined to give his first name, isn't a fan of red on any shade of woman.

"Overall, softer colors allow me to see her for who she is," said, Floyd.

Devin Gilchrist said he doesn't have an issue with women wearing red lipstick, but, "Red is cool; let's talk about this nasty blue lipstick though."

Keyson Crump said he associates red lipstick with loose women.

"Growing up, the young women in my house weren't allowed to wear red lipstick. My grandmother used to say whores wore red lipstick," said Crump.

The take away here is men are definitely paying attention, whether their opinions or preferences matter to women wearing the luxurious lip color is yet to be determined. However, ladies your lips tell a story even when you're silent.

Alysha "AP" Price is a certified motivational interviewer, entertainment journalist, blogger and writer. Her work can also be found in YoRaps! Magazine ( and on her blog Hell Yeah F'N Write.

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