Does he get a say?

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - WORDS MATHAHLE STOFILE

it was New Year’s Eve and my part­ner and I were get­ting dressed for a party. We hadn’t been out to­gether in more than a year, be­cause we’d had a baby the pre­vi­ous year. I was pumped. I care­fully ap­plied my make-up in the bath­room, opt­ing for a state­ment lip in a tomato-y red with just a slick of black mas­cara. I kept the rest of my face clean, wear­ing only a BB cream. The out­fit it­self was very sim­ple, which is why I fig­ured a state­ment lip was in or­der. I thought I looked rather nice.

So I walked into our room as he was grab­bing his wal­let. He turned to look at me for the first time since the make-up ap­pli­ca­tion and I saw him try to hide his sur­prise and a slight look of – dare I say – dis­ap­proval. Be­fore he could stop him­self, he said, ‘Oh! Or­ange lips. ’To which I replied, a lit­tle self-con­sciously, ‘Yes, what about them? Do they look bad?’ and he said, ‘No, no, no. That’s not what I’m say­ing at all.’ But he wouldn’t elab­o­rate. So what did I do? I went back into the bath­room, re­moved the vi­brant shade and grabbed my trusted matt red lip­stick be­fore shoot­ing him a look that snapped, ‘Let’s go then.’ Kourt­ney Kar­dashian re­cently shared with the world that she plans to go with­out bright lip­stick for a while af­ter dis­cov­er­ing that her part­ner, Scott Disick, wasn’t so into the look. I re­mem­ber read­ing this and catch­ing my­self on the verge of hypocrisy, think­ing, ‘Why would you go with­out just be­cause he doesn’t like it? It’s not for him!’ Then I re­mem­bered that New Year’s Eve. When is it ac­cept­able for your man to com­ment on your make-up (or even hair­style, for that mat­ter)? I know I’ve made sug­ges­tions to my part­ner on his look on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, and he took it like a pro. No sulk­ing. (I, how­ever, did sulk a lit­tle bit in the car on our way to the party.)

I haven’t worn tomato-y or or­ange shades since that night, but I con­tinue to wear my matt red lip­stick al­most ev­ery day. Al­though, at first, this look con­fused him, I stuck with my favourite red, and now he finds it quite sexy. If you haven’t yet ex­per­i­mented with a bold pout, here are some su­per-easy ways to wear a state­ment shade that will look great, whether it’s day or night, sum­mer or win­ter, a birth­day or a New Year’s Eve party.


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