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 | July 6, 2012

Making a statement with bold lipstick and big sunglasses.


YOU know what they say: If you can’t swing the diamonds, a great pair of sunnies and red lippy can still make you look like a million dollars.

Long a staple among A-listers, the sunglass-and-red-lipstick pairing is a great look to have when you want to dress down yet look good enough when ambushed by the overzealous papps.

It’s the kind of look that makes everyone look decent without looking dull.

Anyone can pull of the look, even if she’s just crawled out of bed. After all, there is nothing subdued about the two companions. Take red lips, for example. Sociologists have long discovered how the colour red affects the human psyche. Stemming from our biological evolution, red naturally signals health and a fun-loving spirit. Try to pull off the glasses-and-lipstick look with a brown or pink rouge and you’ll find the effect falling flat. The best reds this season comes from Chanel Rouge Allure in Excessive, NARS Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Norma and Shiseido Perfect Rouge Glowing Matte in Shade.

What about the sunglasses? Unlike lip colour, you don’t really have to agonise over the style. A pair with personality, the kind that keeps you too cool for school, is the one you’re looking for. Celebs love the giant-sized styles – in fact, the bigger they are, the better. Victoria Beckham does it rather brilliantly. Bono seems to have his stuck to his peepers permanently.

Sociologists explain that by ascribing to the act of shading the eyes, the wearer appears to be detached from the world, the chaos, and simply unbothered by what’s happening around her or him. In other words, you look cool.

This season’s sunglasses trend is not short on novelty statement. They include cat’s eyes (Monroe-esque style), round framed (think John Lennon and Lady Gaga) and squared lenses. Pick your pair the same way you’d pick your shoes – go for something you just love, and make sure it has a little bit of playfulness and a whole lot of attitude.


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