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Second-Glance Lips

14 May 2008

Red lips are iconic of beauty. When I think of screen legends from Hollywood’s golden age, I often picture Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe or Veronica Lake with red painted lips. It speaks of glamor. That glamor translates to today. But of course, there is even more history to daring lips. Whether you saw the recent film (or read the wonderful book -some of us still read, right?) Memoirs of a Geisha, you probably know that these legendary Japanese entertainers would color their lips with bright red color. They may not have used our modern day lip gloss, but they would apply some crystallized sugar on top of the color to add some shine. (Women have always been inventive!)

While my Mother has never worn red lipstick, one thing about her is that she has always worn a definite shade of lip color (whether it is red-toned or berry). When recalling her youthful summer’s spent eating watermelon in Missouri while visiting relatives, she once told me how her Aunt had remarked to her how much she would grow up to love lipstick. The reason for that was because she has never had particularly large lips. But do we want to fill them with collagen? No. That looks horrible. As a woman ages (oh Mother, I am not calling you old!) their eyes show that age more than their lips. So it’s in your best interest to use a colorful lipstick once you hit the over 40 mark. And if you aren’t, it can be powerful, sexy, seductive, or even playful.

1. Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick exclusively at Sephora ($18.00). I don’t know much about this tattoo artist other than my friend, Casey, thinks she’s amazing. I happen to think that the four shades (and the pretty tube) are amazing. Win-win!
2.Clinique Color Surge Butter Shine at Saks Fifth Avenue ($14.00). Clinique is the brand I’ve grown up using, I trust their products the way I trust the upcoming Sex and the City movie to be fun and fabulous. Color + Shine. Try Apple Brandy, Cranberry Cream, Crushed Grape, or Fresh Watermelon.
3. Benefit The Betty Look Silky-Finish Lipstick at Macy’s ($16.00). If you feel like being a wild, sexy maven (and why shouldn’t you?) go for Ms. Behavin. Frenched is a ruby-slipper red, while Ruby Vibes is a little more toned down. Tip Alert!: Good for women over 40 style.
4. Haute Face Matte Texture Lipstick at Macy’s ($20.00). For those who are not caught up in the shine-craze, and want the vintage matte rouge. Drama, drama, drama!
Here’s to living in sublime style,

Jessica Rae

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