Lipstick & Lip Gloss – the easiest way to give yourself a lift after over spending on a holiday and the tan is fading. The average cost of a good lipstick is £15-£23 and well worth it in my book – a cheaper form of retail therapy. If you’re sitting down most of the time a good pout focusses the eyes on your face. Even as 2013/14 Fall reports suggest, nude lips can be beautiful in a lipstain or lipgloss or both. Here we take a look at the history of lipstick and some of the best on the market at the moment.

Nude Lips From Georgio Armani 2013/14
Nude Lips From Giorgio Armani 2013/14, Enhanced With Gloss or a Lip Stain


Lipstick has been around since the Ancient Egyptians. They extracted red dye from seaweed, iodine and bromine, it made them very sick but they looked good. Lipsticks with shimmering effects were initially made using a pearlescent substance found in fish scales. Elizabethan times favoured vermillion lips with white skin as per Elizabeth I. However, throughout the centuries it was often regarded as brazen and uncouth to wear makeup, with laws often banning it’s use. In 1770 a law was passed to have women tried for witchcraft if they were found using it to seduce men (I assume this law has now been repealed otherwise we’re all in trouble).

The Egyptians Often Died Using Lipstick - At Least They Looked Good
The Egyptians Often Died Using Lipstick – At Least They Looked Good

The first commercial lipstick, invented in 1884, was made from deer tallowcastor oil, and beeswax. The process has improved somewhat (I hope?), and lipstick became a must have fashion item thanks to film stars in the 20s such as Clara Bow, with her exaggerated cupid bow lips, and Elizabeth Taylor & Marilyn Monroe in the 50’s & 60’s.

Marilyn Monroe With Her Trademark Red Lipstick. She Obeyed the Rule That You Either Exaggerate the Lips or The Eyes With Colour.
Marilyn Monroe With Her Trademark Red Lipstick. She Obeyed the Rule That You Either Exaggerate the Lips or The Eyes With Colour

So here are our recommendations for creating either the Monroe or nude effect:

YSL Lip stains are the latest long lasting, lip colour solution and they say there’s a shade for every woman:

“The most intense: N° 103 Pink No Taboo, N° 104 Fuchsia Tomboy and N° 108 Violine Out of Control, because nude doesn’t stop at beige. The most transparent: N° 101 Nude Provocateur, N° 106 Beige Anarchist and N° 107 Naughty Mauve. Women with fair skin should opt for the orange tones of N° 102 Corail Mutin or N° 105 Conrail Hold Up, while those with darker skin can go with all these shades.”

I_187723224_50_20130710For me you can’t beat the quality of Giorgio Armani ‘FLASH LACQUER CRYSTAL SHINE GLOSS’. The colours are just that bit different. They say that they give,

“Lasting high shine and pure colour pop with an enveloping comfort. Giorgio Armani Beauty premiers a new generation of lip gloss with Flash Lacquer; a crystal shine gloss with glowing light and colour that truly reinvents the classical gloss. This new shape and shine technology causes light to reflect off of every point of surface for a pure pop of colour”.

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Another trick for a fab pout is Christian Dior lip plumper. It does seem to work even though temporarily and most brands have their own version such as Benefit, Molton Brown etc.

Dior Lip Maximiser - For a Bigger Pout
Dior Lip Maximiser – For a Bigger Pout 

However, the most popular lipstick of all is Red and it’s always in fashion – R.N.D – (red never dies), see Rita Ora and the latest colours from Chanel and MAC.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet, Matt Lipstick
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet, Matt Lipstick

 

Rihanna & MAC Go For Red For Summer
Rihanna & MAC Go For Red For Summer
Rita Ora - Red For The 21st Century
Rita Ora – Red For The 21st Century

Let us know if you have found a great new lipstick/lipgloss, contact us.

 

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