Beauty Spotted: Beauty As Fashion

Chrissy ON Jan 16, 2009 AT 1:26 pm

By Chrissy Iley

False Eyelashes

False Eyelashes

Make-up should be about freedom of expression. The inner you that you want the world to see. You decide what you want to hide and what you want to emphasize. It’s one of the few ways in which we can all be our own artist. Yet beauty is fashion and fashion is all about rules.

The conundrum is you want to be fashionable but you want to be you, and it’s essential to adapt your youness with nowness, otherwise you look slightly odd, an anachronism. For instance, I often stare in wonderment at a friend who wears emerald green eyeliner at all hours of the day and night. I look at her in the same way as I did when I was a child getting on a bus and the bus conductresses all had huge false eyelashes and turquoise shadow because they were stuck in a time warp, an era when they were most happy. If you don’t pay attention to the look of the moment you can just look not of this worldy.

Dame Edna Everage for MAC

Dame Edna Everage for MAC

But here comes another contradiction. Dame Edna Everage with her 1950’s style glasses and glitter pink and lavender hair is MAC’s new icon. New of this world. Shocking at first, yet strangely it works. Dame Edna has always been an icon of confidence and woman power and now she has taught the world a very strange thing; her Possum Nose pink and Gladiola lipstick never fail to flatter. She obviously looked at the catwalks for 09 and saw pale luminous skin, neon looks and frosty metallics for eyes: Her look anyway.  Now ours.

After being inspired by the great dame, I realise she’s not alone in her love of the pink pout. A glossy, waxy, deep pinkness is THE shade for lips. It can be as seductive and sexy as Russian red, but at the same time pretty and soft, even though it’s making just as bold a statement.

Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge

Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge

Estée Lauder have glossy lipsticks in Wild Plum and Pop Pink, which are a slightly more subtle statement but still super pink.  I predict pale pink hair making more of a come back ( Lily Allen already tried it). It’s about standing out and staying soft…Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge for lips and cheeks is a perfect investment; good colour, good texture, does two things.

I’ve read a lot about how a lipstick is the new Prada handbag. Supposedly in these grim times we can no longer afford the pick-me-up power of a well meaning clutch, but still need a little bit of instant gratification, and go for “a pink me up” and that can come  from a candy pink lipstick or a Barbie doll blush. I am not sure that lipstick can thrill like a new pair of heels but pink on the lips hasn’t been a fashion colour for a while and you’re probably not used to seeing your face in it, so it can be a reinvention for less than the cost of three cappuccinos.

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