Emily MacCulloch
Emily MacCulloch
@emacculloch

The New, Cool Girl Way to Wear Bright Lipstick

As I’ve expressed many times before, I’m a mascara junkie. Luckily, I’m blessed with a decent set of natural fringe, but without my trusty curler and wand, my lashes look almost non-existent. I’m also a bright lipstick lover, and I’ve always liked to let my lips be the focal point when I wear them so I pair them with just a few swipes of mascara (of course). But as of late, I’ve been chatting with a few of my fellow beauty fanatics and I’m hearing that the new way to wear a vibrant lip is sans lashes.

My co-worker and work wife, Nicole Keen does this on the daily. She’s always rocking a bright shade of pink or red with absolutely nothing on her eyes. I’ve always thought it looked stunning on her but wasn’t sure if I could pull it off myself. Then I was chatting with a fellow editor on a press trip recently and she said she’s all about giving mascara a rest and that’s her go-to look everyday. She was explaining that going bright lipped and bare eyed is modern and fresh, and then I really started noticing it everywhere. At Jason Wu  and Mary Katrantzou’s spring shows, models sported matte technicolour pouts and not really much else. But could I get behind this trend? Could I face the world without my mascara? Unlike the models at those shows, I need help in the skin dept so I knew going completely barefaced wasn’t an option.

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I decided to go a little lighter with my blush application to really keep the attention on my lips, so instead of my usual mix of pink and peach hues, I opted for a natural cheek using Rimmel’s Sculpting Palette, focusing more on the highlight and contour shades. I also wanted to really camo my dark undereye circles, so I picked up my go-to eye stick, Physicians Formula Touch of Blur to add a bit of brightness. Last but not least, I reached for one of my ultimate fave red lippies, Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso (a cult classic).

I’m sure it takes a few times to get used to it, but I’m not gonna lie, going bare lashed felt strange. I attended an event first thing in the morning and I did feel a little self-conscious walking in. And every time I looked in the mirror, I was surprised to see my naked eyes looking back at me. But as the day went on, I got more and more used to seeing myself. Added bonus? Washing my face that night was fuss-free. No heavy duty remover to take away my waterproof mascara, just a quick swipe with cleansing oil and I was done in two seconds flat.

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I don’t think this will be an everyday thing for me, but I do like having another option in my beauty roster to pull out when the mood strikes. And this might sound kind of crazy to some people but there’s also a certain sense of freedom knowing I don’t need to wear mascara to face my day. If you’re a fellow mascara addict, I encourage you to give it a try and see how you feel!

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