Monday, September 12, 2011

Power Pouting

Blue Marine at Richard Chai Love. Yeah or Neah?
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Zimbabwean Nyasha for Richard Chai, Spring Collection 2012, NYFW.
As a woman with very full, very round, ultra botox-free African lips, I've always shied away from crazy lip colors and honestly considered red lips purely too much information. But then Mad Men mania made me put on a fuller skirt, which had to be complemented with beet red nails and after that, well, I clear lost my mind with orange/pink/flaming red roulette lips.

Never been cheesier!

If you also have a pretty full pout, you'll be encouraged by some of the hot beauty dictations coming down the runways at New York Fashion Week--Loving for example the florescent purple Zim Chick Nyasha wore for Richard Chai. And in my Mad Men Moment (nominated for Best Costume Designs at the 2011 Emmys) of infatuation, crazy for all things screaming red on rounded lips right now.

If you are going big on lip color, there are so many fun ways to play--tease out the dominant color of your getup, as in the more more purple pop in Nyasha's Richard Chai look; put on something even crazier on the color-wheel, i love red lips against forest green sweaters for fall, but red lips against a bold yellow cable sweater would make me even happier. And what's ever been more of a power play than all black everything against red lips & red nails?

Ajak & Ataui Deng for Arise. Courtesy Arise Magazine

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