19 May 2010

My week in lipstick…

So, I’m panicking about my summer fashion style. Do I go mannish with city shorts, shirts, and, er, clogs and socks? Too tomboy. Do I channel 70’s chic with maxi dress and gladiators? Too hippy. Or, work a floral tea dress with grunge hair and Doc Martins. Been there, done that.

So, with nothing to wear but last year’s baby doll dresses and one new terracotta blazer from Zara (looks better than it sounds), I’m left with the beauty cupboard for inspiration.

It’s got to be lipstick. Bright lipstick. And when it comes to trying a bold new trend there’s no easing into it. You’ve just got to jump in the deep end and go for it. So, armed with a crate full of new-season colours and newbie brands at my fingertips, I’m braving my makeup shakeup with a different bright for every day of the week. Brave I know.

Monday, it was red. Today it’s Coral. Tom Ford True Coral to be precise. My lips feel noticeably balmy, and taste of cream cakes (what is it about lipstick that never fails to taste of confectionary). And when I catch myself in the mirror on the way to the loo I’m startled. Being so brazen with one’s makeup takes a bit of getting used to.

The weirdest thing about wearing lipstick, when you’re not used to it, is that people comment on it – a lot. Being British, seeking attention - even when it’s involuntary, is met with apprehension. But I’m learning to own it.

Being a lipstick lover has forced me to think harder about what I’m wearing in the morning and how I style my hair. I’ve adopted a new Jerry Hall low side parting. Up-do’s seem too formal. I’ve even been planning out my outfits the night before, which has given my tired wardrobe a new lease of life.

My lipstick style comes courtesy of makeup artist Aaron De May, who told me to ‘just wear it with a white t-shirt and don’t think about it too much,’ when I asked him for a fool-proof application technique for red lipstick.

So, I wear it straight from the bullet. No brushes, no primer, no blotting. No problem. My only tip is to exfoliate your lips with a damp paper towel or clean flannel before hand, which plumps up your pout and smoothes any dry patches. A little something makeup queen Pat McGrath told me once.

2 days, 2 shades down ….plum, pink and peach to go.


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