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Don’t be a shrink­ing vi­o­let when it comes to lip colour and play safe with a neu­tral lip­stick. A red lippy can trans­form your life!

EDP Norfolk - - Inside - Suzie Abel

Go bold with the lippy, says Suzie Abel

MAYBE YOU think that a bright lip­stick is too harsh or just doesn’t suit your look. Maybe you’re wor­ried about the dreaded ‘bleed­ing’ into those lit­tle lines around the mouth and, of course, there’s al­ways that hor­rific ‘lip­stick on the teeth’ syn­drome.

Well, if I haven’t put you off yet, let me tell you how pow­er­ful and con­fi­dence-build­ing a red lip can be. Some­how it gives the face more def­i­ni­tion and style, and draws the at­ten­tion to the lips and away from any ar­eas of the face that are not on top form.

Don’t be alarmed when peo­ple look at you. It’s great and means you look cool!

There are a few lit­tle tips, though, that may help you pluck up the courage to give it a go:

Gen­er­ally speak­ing or­angey reds work best for blondes and bluey reds for brunettes but these days, any­thing goes. I’m dark and one of my all-time faves is Lady Dan­ger – def­i­nitely one of their reds with a hint of or­ange and a stunner for im­pact.

A lip pen­cil care­fully ap­plied just in­side the lip line and us­ing a lip brush will help keep the lip­stick in place. Char­lotte Til­bury’s Lip Cheat lip pen­cil in Kiss & Tell goes with any red. One of her top sell­ers is Red Car­pet Red, a lovely vel­vet matte.

An old fash­ioned tip – ap­ply one coat, blot with a tis­sue split in half and dust some loose pow­der through the tis­sue with a pow­der brush, ap­ply a sec­ond coat and there you have it, ex­tra long-last­ing wear. YSL Vinyl Shine in Rouge Vinyl is so clever. It has all the pig­ment of a lip­stick, the last­ing power of a stain, yet the ef­fects of a gloss – it’s bril­liant!

For all day mois­ture, splash out on Scar­let Rouge from the Tom Ford Lip Color range, full of soya seed and Brazil­ian muru-muru but­ter for a creamy fin­ish. Bobbi Brown has Parisian Red too which just glides onto the lips – so easy.

Many mod­ern lip colours have an amaz­ing stay­ing power of their own so don’t think it’s go­ing to takes ages when you make the move to red.

I can prom­ise that MAC’s Ruby Woo, ap­plied care­fully, will last through a meal and sev­eral glasses of wine and you’ll still have to re­move it prop­erly at the end of the night – it’s a real stayer.

I hope I may have per­suaded you to be bold and step out of your com­fort zone when it comes to your lip­stick. Give it a try – I guar­an­tee re­sults!

Top left: MAC Lady Dan­ger

Left: Yves Saint Lau­rent Rouge Pur Cou­ture Ver­nis à Lèvres Lip Cream

Right: Char­lotte Til­bury The Per­fect Red Kiss Lip Set

Far right: Tom Ford Scar­let Rouge

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