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Got Big Lips? Read This…
Mon, 23 January 2012 8:30AM
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Bright lipstick and big lips can, in fact, be best mates. Just ask Angelina Jolie.
Rumour has it that many moons ago some outdated dame sat on her high horse and announced to the ladies in her ‘hood that if you had big lips, you absolutely couldn’t wear bright lipstick. “Too trashy,” she exclaimed.
What an idiot she was.
Over time, this off-hand comment has somehow become beauty lore, with gorgeously big-lipped women deciding that wearing bright lipstick is akin to wearing red and green at the same time, and that it simply wasn’t appropriate. “Too trashy,” they’d say.
“Bullsh*t!” I’d retort.
Beauty is about making the most of what you’ve got. Flaunting your assets like nobody’s business and staying true to yourself. If that means wearing no makeup at all and proudly showing off your gleaming skin, you go sister. If it means playing up your eyes with a sexified, smoky finish, all the best. Or, wearing bright lipstick on your massive Angelina-esque lips, go nuts!
My point is there are no rules anymore, Primpers. Guidelines? Yes. But rules? Absolutely not. And seeing Ange walk the red carpet for the um-teenth time with banging bright red lips proves my point even more.
Here she is at the Golden Globes…
The fact of the matter is that bright lipstick is one of the biggest beauty trends of the decade. It’s seen season after season in different variations, but the crux of the message never changes: If you’re a woman with lips, you need to try at least one bright lipstick shade. Be it orange, plum, pink, red, or cherry, it doesn’t really matter, you just need to give it a try. Unless of course you hate bright lipstick and would rather crawl into a pile of worms than wear it. Good news; you’re off the hook.
BUT, if you like the idea, and are just a little hesitant to try, let me tell you two things right now. 1. TRY IT! You can always take it off if you don’t like it. And 2. You’ll surprise yourself. I know you will. TRY IT!!
So, Primpers, in the name of having fun, letting go of old-fashioned (completely incorrect) beauty advice, and trying something new, I urge you, once again, to embrace bright lipstick no matter what your lip size. Especially if they’re big.
End note: The same can be said for extremely thin lips too. Women often believe that they can’t wear bright lipstick if their lips are thin because it doesn’t look good, and to that, I say this…
If you want to draw attention to your eyes, or cheeks, or other areas of your face do so, but don’t rule out showing off your lips, either. The trick is to make them look fuller by drawing your lip pencil on the outer edge of your lips, making them look bigger and fuller. Then, apply your colour and smile, I’m sure you look stunning.
Tell me Primpers…
What do you think of Angelina’s makeup at the Golden Globes?
What’s your favourite bright lipstick?
Do you wear bright lipstick yourself?
Posted by: Yasemin Trollope