Beauty Spotted: Beauty As Fashion: Part 2

Chrissy ON Jan 16, 2009 AT 1:27 pm

Pink Lipstick

Pink Lipstick

By Chrissy Iley

Why is bright pink the colour of recession? Fashion is of course inspired by mood, just as hemlines are inspired by economy. Why was it that the grimmest of times, the Great Depression of 1929 and the Second World War brought with it the shortest of hemlines? Because legs cheered everyone up and made dancing easier? No. Because there wasn’t enough material. No one could afford to cut on the bias.

The Three Day Week in 1974 was endured with a fashion statement of hot pants. This recession is supposed to be the worst ever, so we can’t even afford hot pants. And if we could would we want to? So then, the perfect time to embrace Shu Uemura Red Fin eyelashes. They float in a box whose backdrop is gold fish playing in a tank – the ultimate frivolity and antidote to misery. It’s a tiny purchase, but probably one you’ve never made before and therefore transformative.

Shu Uemura Lashes

Shu Uemura Lashes

For 1920’s inspired art deco flapper eyes, Shu Uemura have eyelashes with black crystals that look like they’re constantly winking with pleasure. And how could you not be smiling with Dame Edna’s pale coral pink with flecks of gold highlight powder called Spectacle? Her Lip Glass comes in an alluring Hot Frost and Naked Frost.

The Hot Frost reminds me of Barbie’s dressing table set or the pink hair of My Little Pony. Quite something. But the weird thing is, when you put it on you don’t look like My Little Pony.  But it is as cute.

Sometimes if you feel miserable and put on something pink you feel lightened. And pink lipstick could well be that cheery thing. But sometimes you need to be in all black. Black has its comfort. Black fits in and doesn’t stand out. Black makes you feel part of something and at ease. You need the embrace of something classic and dark. You can still incorporate a fashion look if you don’t feel in the mood to be cute and partyish.

Lancome's Ôscillation vibrating mascara


MAC’s Penultimate eyeliner gives you a look that is both natural and standout. You are on trend and classic. And it’s easy to appy. Invest in a good mascara. Throw out the old one, there is joy in discarding, purging renewing. Try Lancome’s new Ôscillation vibrating mascara. It’s silky, distinctive and stay on. Or Prescriptives Lash Envy volumizing mascara is their latest and greatest.

Getting the eyes right is essential. And even if you are striding for freedom of expression and being anti-fashion, getting a good mascara is a rule you can’t break no matter who you are or want to be.

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