Boy meets girl

GLAM­OUR’S art di­rec­tor, Ziyaad Bassier, tries four OTT beauty looks to prove the ev­ery­day man can rock a neon pink lip as eas­ily as a base­ball cap!

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1 THE LOOK

For my first day, I en­listed makeup artist Me­gan Wridge­way’s help to add a neon pink lip, blue mas­cara and concealer. Plus, my new favourite find: MAC strobe cream.

THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE

It takes time to get makeup done! An hour later, I took my first sip of cof­fee – and left a lovely pink ring on my cup. By lunchtime I wasn’t as aware of my ‘new face’. The com­pli­ments from my col­leagues were a de­light. But brows­ing the gro­cery store for din­ner felt awk­ward: the stares and whis­pers of strangers made me feel un­com­fort­able. I couldn’t wait to get the makeup off – which was chal­leng­ing in it­self: my lips were stained a rosy pink for the night. THE VER­DICT It was a bold first look. I loved the dewy skin but the at­ten­tion from strangers has put me off pink lips. 3/5

2 THE LOOK

Day two was all about the eyes – cue gold glit­ter and smokey shadow. My long lashes were drama­tised with some mas­cara. To keep the em­pha­sis on the eyes, I went for nude lips and flaw­less skin.

THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE

My eyes are sen­si­tive and, since this ex­pe­ri­ence, liner and mas­cara are on my ter­ror list. Be­sides the in­tense ap­pli­ca­tion, this look felt heavy. My skin felt drier and I had to re­mind my­self not to rub my eyes. When look­ing in the mir­ror at the end of the day I wasn’t im­pressed with the re­flec­tion star­ing back at me! THE VER­DICT I was not a fan of this look and the over­all wear­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, I was so con­scious of my in­tense eyes, dry skin and lips. And even though the lip colour was nude I had to reap­ply ev­ery few hours. Also, the com­pli­ments didn’t come as freely. 1/5

3 THE LOOK

To­day was all about the lip. I com­ple­mented the red with a dust­ing of sil­ver on my eye­lids and a lit­tle eye­brow gel – my new favourite!

THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE

On day three I re­alised I am a lip guy. Be­sides the smudg­ing and reap­ply­ing (which I only had to do twice the whole day), I am all about show­ing off a bold colour. It doesn’t hurt that I was blessed with full, pil­lowy lips! I felt most con­fi­dent rock­ing this look, and even though strangers still whis­pered, I brushed it off eas­ily. I guess that’s the power of a red lip – clas­sic and strong! THE VER­DICT Even if I wasn’t adding makeup to other ar­eas of my face I would still want to do a red lip. The bold­ness of the colour re­ally en­hanced my face. 5/5

4 THE LOOK

My skin broke out from all the makeup, so on day four I kept my face bare. The fo­cus? Nails. But not just any nails – long, dag­geredged, char­coal black with a metal­lic rim.

THE EX­PE­RI­ENCE

As soon as my nails were glued on, I in­stantly felt fierce. How­ever, that feel­ing quickly dis­ap­peared as I strug­gled to type on my phone and even un­but­ton my jeans. Eat­ing lunch was another chal­leng­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and I re­sorted to eat­ing my fries with my fork to pro­tect my pretty new nails. I didn’t draw as many stares this time around, and when I did, I got the im­pres­sion strangers were more ac­cept­ing of this look than the pink lip! THE VER­DICT Like the red lip, these nails are def­i­nitely some­thing I would try again, but per­haps shorter. 4/5

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