Kissing red lips framed in long red hair

Kissing red lips framed in long red hair
.f@rfie. / CC BY-NC-ND

There are a hundred theories about the reasons behind the attraction we feel as animal and intelligent being towards a pair of flushed, shapely lips on a face. The evolutionary psychologists point towards sexual symbolism, and psychological analysts would talk of the phase of oral fixation and the like. Regardless of the reasoning behind it, we remain very attracted and subdued and excited by a pair of red lips framed in a head of healthy hair.

As selfies of lips and hair and warmly lit skin goes, this is quite a great example. A very simple image, but the focus is one the lips and it doesn’t matter that the rest of the face is off the frame. The harsh lighting frames all of it perfectly, streaming through long hair and tantalisingly open mouth makes this perfectly sensual. Rarely do you come across photographs that, while raw, are so evocative.

Red dyed hair with a green fascinator

Red dyed hair with a green fascinator
pigeonpie / CC BY-NC-ND

Maybe I’m biased but I love red hair. There are those of us who are born red-headed and the very few who actually take on the colour red using hair-dyes. Either way, I think it is a striking and fascinating hair colour. I found this picture to be even more intriguing because not only does the model’s hair seem to be dyed red, but she is also sporting an eclectic set of fashions and accessories.

I quite like the dark blue satin dress she’s wearing which appears to be quite classical in its cut with a knotted collar. This fits in nicely with the fascinator in her hair which consists of a white rose motif surrounded by petals of peacock feather print. The green contrasts nicely, both in colour and style with the red hair and the simple lip ring adorning her pierced lower lip. All in all, a fascinating contrast of styles.

Red-wigged girl eating a strawberry

Red wig wearing girl eating a strawberry
chris.chabot / CC BY-NC

Red wigs have always reminded of clowns and red noses and large shoes, but wigs have had more than entertainment value in the past, from ceremony to uniform. With the birth of Japanese anime and its propensity for colourfully-haired characters, bright coloured wigs and hair became the staple of comic cons and the cosplay circuit. That aesthetic has slowly creeped into fashion, fantasy and all manner of popular culture.

It’s now easy to get your hand on brightly coloured wigs in most costume stores and even red hair dyes and the like in even regular cosmetic stores. Makes it easier for someone to make the striking visual connection between model, make-up and prop as in this stark shot of a model wearing a red-wig, eating a large red strawberry.

Lady in Red at Burning Man

Lady in Red at Burning Man
cc licensed flickr photo shared by Hankish

Right! If anyone ever in the history of the human race deserved the title of ‘Lady in Red’, it would have to be this woman at the annual Burning Man festival. A picture might be worth a thousand words, but I don’t know where to begin about this photo. She’s wearing red, her hair is red, her tights have red stripes, a red heart, and she has a red umbrella hat on! She’s carrying red stuff in the basket of her red-trimmed bicycle, and she’s waving out to us with a red-gloved hand. And what’s with those wood sculpture trees in the backbround? Bizarre! Beautiful.