What's not to love about this look? It's easy. It's eye-catching. It's versatile. And all you need is a good lip colour.
PHOTO: SHU UEMURA
Bold lips is a trend that is more like a staple look - it is a classic make-up style that appears on runways in every season. Whether the mood is girlish, punk, elegant or sexy, all you have to change on your face is the lip colour, while the rest of your face can remain conveniently natural.
However, before you cast a spotlight on the lips, make sure they are ready for flaunting. Especially now that the weather is getting dry, you have to check first if the lips are chapped and flaky. There is nothing more unattractive than drawing attention to parched lips and streaky lip colour.
The easiest way to moisturise the lips is to drink enough water to prevent dehydrated skin. When the lips feel dry, never lick them because the saliva will only make the lips drier. Always use a lip balm after you brush your teeth because toothpaste and mouthwash can be drying on the skin.
Exfoliate your lips a few times a week by putting some petroleum jelly on an old toothbrush and rub it gently on the lips. After you're done, do not rinse - rub in the remaining petroleum jelly and leave it there for extra moisturisation.
Now that your lips are ready to rock the colour, choosing the right shade is another important step. Choose a colour that doesn't make your skin appear yellow. Anything with orange or brown undertone complements Asian skin, while colours with blue undertone (like electric pink) can make the skin and the teeth a little jaundiced-looking.
Although the lips steal all the limelight, the rest of your face still deserves a little make-up. Strong eyebrows and defined eyes go well with this look, but the eyeshadow should be in subtle or neutral colours. You don't want to match bright green eyeshadow with red lips even if it's Christmas.
Instead, try grey smokey eye make-up instead of black in order not to divert attention to the peepers. When applying make-up, there should always be only one focus point, and in this case, the lips should be the highlight. You can also pair peachy lip colours with natural beige eyeshadow to create a fresh, youthful look.
One common problem with bold lip colour is getting lipstick on your teeth. The trick is to suck your thumb after putting on the colour to wipe off the parts that would likely get on your teeth. Always carry the lipstick with you on the go - no matter how long-lasting the brand claims to be, not much would survive after a big meal.
Lancome L’Absolu RougePure luxury collector’s edition in Rouge Etincelle features an intense orange-red colour.
MAClipstick in Prepare for Pleasure delivers a creamsheen texture in clean magenta red.
Chanel Rouge Allure in Impulsive gives the lips a stirring reddish pink, enlivened with gold and silver.
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited in Lacquer Red
Kiehl's keeps on coming
Following the success of Kiehl's original Aromatic Blends range of fragrances and formulae last year, Kiehl's is introducing an additional scent range to this collection. The new fragrance, Patchouli & Fresh Rose, is put in Kiehl's high performance Body Cleanser and Body Lotion for an aromatic effect and skin pampering experience. Meanwhile, Aromatic Blends Patchouli & Fresh Rose Eau de Toilette is a pure and sensual fragrance that delivers a simple yet sophisticated feeling.
Keep moisture locked in
Origins is introducing a high-calibre hydration system _ Make A Difference Plus+ Rejuvenating Serum and Treatment Lotion. The powerful pair will help you combat dryness by building a reservoir of moisture within the skin and instantly fixes the skin's barrier, promoting radiant and hydrated skin. Lychee extract boosts moisture-producing enzymes in the skin, while watermelon extract revives dry skin. Say bye-bye to dry!