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Lip­stick on your… cup. It’s a mark of glam­our, says

The Observer Magazine - - Beauty Notebook - Gemma Cair­ney @gem­cairn

I’m in Malawi, east Africa, at­tempt­ing not to look at any screens for a bit

– a mis­sion per­fectly en­hanced by the fact that the elec­tric­ity goes off reg­u­larly and there is no wifi in many ar­eas out­side the cap­i­tal city… I’m not just here to ad­dress my phone ad­dic­tion, I’m also here to root my feet into the ground, and en­joy ad­ven­ture.

When I was on my con­nect­ing flight from Ethiopia to Malawi, a woman sit­ting next to me was wear­ing a shade of lip­stick that I first no­ticed be­cause it had stained her cup of wa­ter. For me, it was a nos­tal­gic shade, the same colour as the berries of a Black For­est gateau - a gor­geous bur­gundy, edg­ing on plum. It in­stantly re­minded me of one of my mum’s friends back when I was grow­ing up. This par­tic­u­lar lip stain would mark a wine glass in our house at the end of an n evening, the sign of a greaat great night shared and lots ots of women laugh­ing.

I’m in­spired to paint aint my y lips the colour of glis­ten­ing lis­tenin ng jew­els, too. If you’re re also up for this, go against the trend for matt lip­stick as it’s s a style that should d have a bit of shine - enough to stain cups and leave your ur mark of glam­our wher­ever you go. sleek­makeup.com m

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