Lipsmacking Colour


I look terrible in dark lipsticks. I have always wanted to wear a deep red, but everytime I try I look like a 6-year-old playing with mommy’s makeup. Ridiculous.

I’ve been trying to figure out why some women can wear deep reds and the rest of us have to stay with light pink or peach.

Folks who ascribe to colour draping will tell you that certain colours look better on certain people. I’m not convinced that it’s the only determination when it comes to lip colour.

I think the depth of shade depends on your contrast. Let me explain.

Contrast is the difference between your skin tone and hair colour. Women with ivory skin and black hair have high contrast. There’s a striking difference between hair and skin tone. Platinum blonds with light skin tone have low contrast – it’s hard to differentiate between hair and skin tones. Brunettes with medium skin have medium contrast – neither high nor low.dark red lipstick

I think that women at either extreme – high or low contrast – can wear deep shades of lipstick. It’s the rest of us with medium contrast that struggle.

Here are two examples:

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe, with her fair skin and platinum blonde hair, has low contrast. She looks divine in a deep red lipstick. It works because the lipstick adds a dramatic focal point to her look.

It also works on Julianne Moore, a striking redhead with ivory skin. Her high contrast allows Julianne Moorethe red lipstick to provide balance to her face.

I guess I will just have to live with the idea of medium tones in corals and pinks that align with my medium hair and skintone. Sigh.


Three essential handbags every woman should have

I see many women who carry the same black leather handbag year round, to any and every event. While a black shoulder bag is a staple, surely it can’t be the only handbag in your wardrobe.

I know that changing handbags can be a hassle, but it’s worth it since the bag is the finishing piece to your outfit. Your bag – and your shoes – can dress up, or down, any look. I believe you should invest in good quality handbags since they go everywhere with you. Wearing an old, distressed, broken handbag can instantly kill an otherwise lovely outfit.Prada tartan top handle bag

There are many styles and types of handbags. If you are to own just three, here are my top picks.

1. A top-handle bag. This is a daytime classic that looks chic and burberry crossbody bagsophisticated and is certainly suitable for brunch, business or busy days. For fall, I love this Prada handbag in a distressed tartan.

2. The cross-body bag. This is a great travel bag – sling it across your shouldLouboutin clutchers and leave your hands free to shop at the market – or hold a mojito. This putty coloured Burberry bag suits many seasons.

3. The clutch. A must for evening events, the sleek clutch signifies elegance at its best. It makes the perfect accessory when the focus is on your dress – not too big, not too obtrusive. I have long coveted this Christian Louboutin clutch for evening.

As for colour, lately I’ve been moving away from black for daytime and embracing the rich warmth of colour: sultry browns, neutral taupes, sassy pinks or ruby reds. When planning your next handbag purchase, think about the dominant colours in your wardrobe and see if there is an opportunity to coordinate your looks with a fresh coloured handbag.