Does he get a say?
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.
INGLOT FREEDOM SYSTEM LIPSTICK PALETTE SQUARE IN 91, R99. DIOR VERNIS IN MIRAGE 338, R315.