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her lips are devil red

Lipstick has been around for nearly 5000 years. Women have loved it over the millennia. And it seems nothing has changed.

It is the easiest and quickest way to give your face focus and give it an instant splash of colour. Today's lipsticks offer more than just pigments. We are blessed with technology and research used in skin care and make up products, therefore containing ingredients that actually care for the delicate skin of your lips.

Your lipstick today is packed with all the goodness of vegetable wax, to make it smooth and shiny, liposomes to add softness, chamomile to soothe and heal, shea-butter for deep moisturising, silica, and UV filters for protection from the rays of the sun.

Now that you know what goes into your lipstick lets get into selecting the mode.

Do you remember Marilyn Monroe's red pout? I don't think anyone on this planet is unaware of the red she made so famous along with the white fluted dress she was trying to hold down even as it attempted to fly away! Now that was a style statement! Its still being talked about after decades of her death and will probably be remembered forever. The role of the "red' lips in this endeavour has been paramount of course.

So if you are wondering if using that red lipstick will be an over-kill: well, it might, if not done right, especially now that light nude shades are the preferred choice. Personally, I feel that a bright colour should be reserved for the evening, teamed with dark coal eyes would be even better.

Ideally, if eye makeup is strong, a muted blush and lips would be preferable but a thick black eyeliner with a good dose of mascara, a touch of nude blush with a matte or glossy red would be fantastic and very effective indeed.

Using red, orange, rust, pink, purple on the eyes with a red lipstick would be a living nightmare, so kindly refrain from use. It's worth experimenting with shades like taupe, light gold, grey and black.

Prime lips with foundation using a make-up sponge so you can reach every tiny crevice on the surface. Dust with loose powder to ensure your lipstick will stay put for longer. Use a lip liner to outline your lips on the outside of the lip line for a fuller, pouty look or line on the inside of the lips to make them appear thinner, which ever the requirement.

Fill in with a lip brush for precise shaping or the regular stick whichever you find easier. Blot over the surface with a tissue. It will give an attractive, semi-matte finish to your lips.

Most of us can carry off red lips as its quite flattering with our wheatish-gold complexions, just don't put it on in the middle of the afternoon, go natural in the day and keep the drama for the evenings!

Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Model: Sabrina F Ahmad



beauty Queen

"To be beautiful and natural is the birthright of every woman", Elizabeth Arden

In New York in 1910, a young woman opened a beauty salon with a bright red front door. The first of its kind, the 'Elizabeth Arden Red Door Salon' stood out from the drab offices of Fifth Avenue. With a name inspired by Alfred Tennyson's poem Enoch Arden, the salon was the brainchild of Canadian-born Florence Nightingale Graham. She changed the beauty business by introducing makeovers, destination spas, travel packs and home spa kits -- concepts we now can't imagine living without.

Graham, who officially changed her name to Elizabeth Arden, was a passionate feminist who supported a woman's right to work and believed that "every woman has the right to be beautiful." In 1912 she marched with 15,000 suffragettes, and created a lipstick especially for them. Later, Arden developed the legendary Montezuma red lipstick to match the uniforms of brave WWII servicewomen.

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In the 1930s, Arden launched her Eight Hour Cream, which has a cult following (Victoria Bekham and Cate Blanchett swear by it). The much-loved Blue Grass fragrance, also introduced then, was inspired by her Kentucky home. Faces of her fragrances include Elizabeth Taylor, Mariah Carey, Danielle Steele and Britney Spears. Elizabeth Arden's association with strong, powerful women continues with the brand's current spokesperson, the inimitable Catherine Zeta-Jones.

In 2007 there was a red lipstick campaign, it was a campaign to help women with cancer to truly live and feel beautiful. So red lipstick is not only about the sexy pout, it is a strong statement of women's lib and emancipation.

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