The Painted Lady

January 7, 2015

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A few months ago I wrote a post called Minor Details which was largely about how men’s fashion was all about the details, something as small as socks or cuffing links can make a huge impact. Well today is all about a little detail called lipstick. A tomboy’s dream if you ask me; it takes one minute but adds a pop to your face and your outfit. It has the most impact for the least amount of effort.

Makeup in general is a lovely way to enhance your style, but I have to admit that it’s one that is often overlooked, or completely forgotten, by a tomboy like myself. I’ve never been one to get overexcited about makeup and generally prefer to keep it au-natural. In middle school when my friends were re-applying their foundation in the change room after skimming through gym class I was sweating like a pig and returning to class red-faced like a tomato (no shame). I still hardly wear the ‘stuff’ because I pride myself in being ‘low-maintence’, read lazy. But lipstick… oh lipstick.

The options are endless. It can be as subtle or as bold as you like because as far as colour goes everything seems to be game. In my opinion, you definitely need a good red. It easily adds glamour to any outfit and looks surprisingly good with a t-shirt and jeans. I love M.A.C.’s Russian Red, just a classic red lip. A dark lip is perfect for making a feminine outfit.. well, less feminine. Definitely go matte, it’s not pretty if this colour starts bleeding. I like Nars‘ Volga. The colour of the moment, I think everyone knows it as Kylie Jenner lips, but I prefer to think of it as Gina lips, Rene Zellweger’s character from Empire Records. Either way, it’s super nineties, a nudie-pink colour that is slightly overdrawn (or in Kylie’s case WAY overdrawn). For this colour I like Nars‘ Barbara, it’s not too shiny but has a velvety feel. You can’t go wrong with those three, but I have a few honourable mentions. Revlon‘s Berry Haute is a purple colour for when I’m feeling more fun.  YSL‘s Rouge Volupte, #13, is a pretty subtle pink colour if I’m looking for something feminine.

I may never be the type of girl who wears lipstick everyday, but I’ve still learned a few tricks of the trade. Be careful of going ‘outside the lines’ until you are good at applying lipstick and liner or you run the chance of looking like a kid who got into their mother’s makeup drawer and don’t forget the finger trick to keep the lipstick off your teeth (put your index  finger in your mouth, suck while pull your finger out of your mouth). Other than that, it’s lipstick so have fun with it.

– Dress like a man, act like a woman – KL xo

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