Friday, June 30, 2017

A POP of colour

Looking back, I am surprised at the amount of colour that has creeped into my wardrobe in recent years...Bright yellows, plenty of red, even pink - I seem to have an affinity for colour after all, especially primary colours, which is a surprise to someone who at one time solely wore navy, grey and black.

Even though for the longest time my answer to 'what is your favourite colour' was 'navy', I realize that I have a slight obsession with red. I mean, how many people can say their wedding gown featured some bright red (and not in the form of a sash)?

One of my favourite way of adding a pop of red on a daily basis is with lipstick. I love a clean and minimal face worn with a bold red, especially a blue-red like Clinique's Lip Pop in 'Cherry Pop'.  Although I'd love to wear it as a bold lip, usually I end up patting it on with my third finger as a lipstain.  Maybe because after so many years of mostly wearing 'nudes', I feel a little shocked when I see full colour on my lips.  I particularly love Clinique's Lip Pop range because it is a primer + lipstick in one, and my lips are always in an embarrassingly dry state (seriously, I once popped by a Clinique counter, and the lovely SA was so horrified, she layered almost an entire tube of lip treatment on me, determined to restore my sorry lips to life - I have been trying to diligently use this lip treatment to avoid this scenario from occurring again).

Another way I love wearing my lipsticks is by layering them, especially after learning a trick from my favourite makeup artist Lisa Eldridge: patting on a bright-coloured lipstick (like Clinique's Cherry Pop), one that instantly makes you look brighter and livelier (and that perhaps you would normally save for evening), and then layer a favourite 'nude' over it (like Clinique's Mocha Pop).  This technique works especially well when the nude layer worn on top has a moisturizing formulation, so Clinique's Lip Pop is perfect for this.  The result? I 'bright nude' of sorts (or nude with oomph), some colour but still easy for day (although there isn't usually much of a difference between my day and night looks - except perhaps a few more layers of lipstick or mascara).

This way I have managed to incorporate more colour on my face, whilst staying within my more pared-back and 'easy' makeup look I feel most comfortable with.

What is your favourite lipstick? And what is your favourite way of wearing it?

Earrings: Céline, Chocolate: Sweet Stone,

Bag: Cult Gaia (available for pre-order at Moda Operandi, Need Supply, Bergdorf Goodman), Scarf: silk pocket square for GM2NY (this beautiful flamingo print silk scarf also comes in a gorgeous large size)

This post was written in collaboration with Clinique.
Thoughts and opinions are my own. 
 All images are my own also. 

Lipsticks in all images are from Clinique's Lip Pop range.

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