No guys come up to say “Hey, that’s such a great no-lip look.”
– Veronica Chu, makeup artist
“I love your bright lipstick—you look great! I wish I could wear colours like that. *sigh*” That’s a statement I still hear a lot. And it’s something I used to tell people, until I trained myself to wear bright lip shades.
That’s right, trained. It’s not easy to get out of neutral — you know that if that’s your beauty go-to. But you can train yourself, too, in just five little steps:
1. Choose a hot colour you absolutely love in the tube. Ruthlessly shut out that I-would-never-wear-that thought and PUT. IT. ON.
2. Wear that hot colour around the house all day—all weekend if you start on a Saturday. Accept compliments from family members and mirrors. Ignore all negative comments. They’ll be coming from your own head, which canNOT be trusted. Face a bright window in your bathroom or bedroom and take a bunch of digi-photos of yourself wearing said bright colour, just for fun.
3. On Day 2, wear that lip colour in public. Wear it to work or wear it out to lunch with your most fashionable friends. Every other thought in your head will be omigod-I’m-wearing-such-a-bright-lipstick, but IGNORE. Be strong. Accept all compliments — you’ll get them, trust — with grace.
4. On Day 3 — no, you don’t get a break to switch back to neutrals. It’s called “training” for a reason. Remember how you admired bright lip colour on other people. Understand that even in your discomfort (which should be less now than on previous days), other people stuck in neutral will see you and think/say, “I love your bright lipstick, you look great! I wish I could wear colours like that.”
5. On Day 4, twitpic your best bright-lips photos with a “bravely in training to wear bright lip colour” tweet. Post the really good ones on Facebook. Accept compliments.
Around now — let’s say Day 5 — you should find yourself reaching for your bright lipstick automatically. Now you are the person other people will envy for your fearless ability to rock gorgeous bright colour on your lips.
Time for a different shade.
See? This works! Trust.
UPDATE: This is how you do Step 5! Love, love, love.
Go Robyn, go!
— Robyn Hunt (@robynmhunt) August 17, 2012
Jane is a die-hard soft neutral-lip woman. But look!
Still in shock. Red lipstick. Wow.instagr.am/p/N4eeKpLzHg/
— Jane Daly (@daly_beauty) August 3, 2012
Lindsay’s on a roll — amazing!
— Lindsay Smith (@sometimesicing) July 10, 2012
Trying a new lip colour. Outside of my comfort zone. Rimmel Kate Moss 09.instagr.am/p/M06jMcg02K/
— Lindsay Smith (@sometimesicing) July 8, 2012
Jennifer’s wearing one of my favourite shades, MAC Girl About Town.
— Jennifer Monk (@myjmo) July 6, 2012