CLEO (Malaysia) - - CAREER SPECIAL -

ake it from us: Two swipes of red are all you need for dou­ble-takes on the street. Or to nail that con­tract (or that hot date). Just look to Tay­lor Swift. Ri­hanna. Rita Ora. Or the queens of the world. They’re proofs that if there’s one thing that this clas­sic colour of choice does best, it’s to make you look in a sec. Strong, sassy and ul­ti­mately sexy — no shade says that bet­ter than red. The rage for rouge started way be­fore its tube cre­ation in 1915. From the an­cient Me­sopotami­ans (who crushed semi­precious stones to adorn their lips), to Cleopa­tra (who did the same, ex­cept with bugs), to Queen El­iz­a­beth II, the colour stood the test of time to rep­re­sent the pouts of the pow­er­ful. It’s no won­der, too. The colour of blood and fire, red en­er­gises your spirit, pushes you into ac­tion, and calms fears; sym­bol­is­ing great pas­sion and courage. The Chi­nese, In­di­ans and Ja­panese have also long be­lieved in its good luck. Cherry red may be the iconic shade, but its vari­ants are aplenty, mak­ing their rounds in trends, and grac­ing glam­orous lips ev­ery­where. And if you haven’t found that one red lip­pie which makes your own pucker pop, don’t pout — look at what Shi­seido’s got for you.

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