May 25, 2012

getting that "winter" pout

as a woman, we all love to read what the "best Winter 2012 shade is". well, i am asking, is there such a thing? 

i agree that different lip shades trend at different times of the year, and as i am no beauty-professional, how would i actually know. as i try and read every glossy magazine and website under the sun, they all say different things. hmmm. i believe that beauty is not like the fashion seasons that come and go, but rather what a lady feels "empowered" by, and is used to. 

after doing some research across numerous reputable fashion and beauty websites, i came to the conclusion that a lady should wear what she feels is most empowering. there is something about putting on bright red lipstick that makes you feel you are a woman of power, or going for the natural nude shade that displays simplicity, and self-content. or even that cheeky pink that is pretty in all the right places and is never too much of a statement, but instead a daytime look that illustrates contentment.  heck, i don't know. 

whether you have a juicy pout like Miss Jolie or those elegant petite lips like Miss Hudson, there is always a easy look for day and night, anytime of the year.


Ancient Mesopotamian women were possibly the first women to invent and wear lipstick. They crushed gemstones and used them to decorate their lips. The beautiful Cleopatra had her lipstick made from crushed carmine beetles, which gave a deep red pigment, and ants for a base. Lipsticks with shimmering effects were initially made using a pearlescentsubstance found in fish scales.
In Medieval Europe, lipstick was banned by the church and was thought to be used as an 'incarnation of Satan', cosmetics being 'reserved' for prostitutes. Lip colouring started to gain some popularity in 16th century England. During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (you see, thank goodness for the Monarchy) bright red lips and a stark white face became fashionable. By that time, lipstick was made from a blend of beeswax and red stains from plants. Only upper class women and male actors wore makeup. And of course, you can fill in the rest. 
                                                                                                                                all information sourced

Refinery29 ran an article of Four Hot Lip Trends. i only agree (or like) three of them. i see these lip colours and looks as being the most pertinent and relevant looks in the beauty industry. they are not too much and work well for any season. see below these three lip shades: 

the tangerine colour is great for day time and the rich-red is superb for evening wear.

i am not too crazy about the outter two shades, but give me the middle one any day

**NB : with nude lip colours it is always important (especially ladies with finer lips) to use a lip liner for perfect (and better) definition of the lips

Not so long ago i learnt and read about Clinique's Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm  on Kim Gray's blog. i entered the competition, but i never won, but still determined to have one of these sticks, i went and purchased the Chunky Cherry and i have loved every minute of it. they are great for a fresh and clean look. 

one sneaky "lip-tip" from me. ever get frustrated that your lip colour is not as "lasting" as the marketing advertised? well, try applying your foundation on your lips first OR (as my research showed) using a dry tooth brush on your lips before applying your lipstick. sigh, it is strange but try it. you have nothing to loose, only to gain.
have a lovely weekend.

xo xo

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