“Beauty to me is about being comfortable in your own skin. That or a kick ass red lipstick.” So says Gwyneth Paltrow and I am in complete agreement.
Before I ventured into this life of being a makeup artist, I rarely wore makeup myself. I never did my own makeup either – I usually got my friends to do it for me. Bright colours were an absolute no-no – I felt they drew unwanted attention to myself. So, I would walk straight passed the alluring and vibrant lip colours sitting on store shelves.
Little did I realise the path life was about to take me on (lol). Now all these tantalising colours have become a part of me – so much so that I use them to show off and highlight my personality rather than hide it!
For me, the red lip is the equivalent of a man’s power tie. Red lips are a statement just as a great pair of heels are. Think strength, power and confidence – that is what a red lip signifies. And it has such an amazing history! Did you know that the first documented lip tint (made from pulverised red rocks and white lead) was red!!!
Grant Power, face designer for Giorgio Armani in Australia, says red lipstick “suggests a woman has an edge and it is a colour that also makes women feel strong and powerful – it’s a bold statement”. Think Marilyn Monroe, Dita Von Teese, Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel and even Queen Elizabeth. These women are famous for carrying off the red lip with grace and aplomb.
Many women I know, much like myself not so long ago, prefer not to wear red because it draws attention to them. But, I put it to them … why not? Why not stand up and say this is who I am, this is what I stand for, this is what I represent. And if my red lips make a statement … why not! I say embrace your boldness, embrace your confidence, and make that statement. Ladies … you only live once … so, live life to the max!
If Gwen Stefani and Rita Ora can rock the red lip on the red carpet, you too can rock it – and it doesn’t have to be only on the red carpet.
The red lip has a practical function too. It brightens your skin and takes the focus off tired eyes. If you’re wearing only light makeup a red lip can automatically dress up your look. And it looks fabulous in photographs – adding a touch of femininity and authority. And that’s not all … the red lip draws attention to your mouth and subsequently the words that come out of them. Remember that ladies.
Love, anger, power, confidence, passion – red represents so many emotions. Use it boldly, use it passionately. You can and you should. If you’re more daring, add a bit of red glitter to your colour – glitter is all the rage this summer and you can read about it in an earlier blog.
So, ladies. Go out and rock your red lip! Let’s show the world that the future definitely is female!