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Friday, 6 November 2015

Wearing lipstick, over 40 | Trying Bright colours.

Wearing bright coloured lipstick

Having fun with colour!

Try searching the internet for "Wearing lipstick over 40" and a whole pile of mind-boggling rules crop up.
It is a wonder any women, over the age of 35, bothers at all!
Don't do this, don't do that...really? 
When did slicking a bit of colour on your lips get so complicated?

I have not written this post with a view to telling you how to wear lipstick or what you should and shouldn't be doing, as I don't mind admitting to being a complete lipstick-novice.

This is my usual lip makeup... a slick of balm!

My lipstick journey started with inspiration from one of my favorite bloggers, Ann @krembedelakrembe.
She is my idea of bold.
Not because of her bright colour combinations or crazy pattern clashing like some of my other favourite bloggers (see the sidebar on the right) but with her fun attitude, bold textures and her ever present red lip.
She even wrote a piece just about red lipstick and her extensive collection.

What I love about her is that she is an normal woman...just like you and I.
And, if this ordinary woman can be bold and beautiful, in red lips, then maybe I can too?

I am a bit (read: a lot) of a makeup novice. I do have a lot to learn...

See my earlier blog posts, here and here, in which I look like I have no face!
What seemed okay in the mirror is downright ghostly in real life.

Then I tried to "put some colour on" and went a bit Coco the Clown...see my face in this photograph!

My lipstick experiment:

After making up a neutral face. I started off, gently, with a nude lip.
This one is really rich and moisturizing.
A great place to start.

I then went dark, with a burgundy...well, dark lips are on-trend this season.
Although, the makeup rules tell us that we should avoid a darker lip when we are older.
We look hideous, apparently.

ADDED 08/11/15 : Notice how my face looks a completely different colour in this dark lipstick? Everything was the same as for the other shots.
I watched a beauty blogger today talking about dark lips and the importance of using a base to remove all redness from the cheeks and around the nose and any dark shadows at the eyes.
She also suggested using a blusher from the same colour family as your lipstick....great tips!

I then tried a bright coral/orange. Loving the idea of such a bright and unusual seems to bring some light to my face.

Finally, I had to go for a traditional red!

So what do you think?
Do you have a favourite lipstick?
Or, are you a balm lover, like me?
Please share any tips or favourites in the comments.



  1. I like the neutral look, but you look great with color! The bright coral/orange really brightens up your face! I've been sticking to neutrals, but I think it may be time for some color!

    1. Thank you Andrea. I have to admit to being a bit of a lipstick wimp! I have no idea why?!? It seems strange to quite happily wear bright orange tights but to shy away from a red lippy. I hope you give some colour a go too. Have fun. X

  2. Oh I just LOVE Ann! You look fab in all the colors, my dear! I love the burgundy especially!

    Thanks for linking up!

    Dawn Lucy

    1. Thank you Dawn! Ann's bold lips have kick started me into action ;oD XXX

  3. I have no lips so I never wear lipstick, hahahhah
    You look fantastic as ever, dear Samantha.

    1. I had never noticed Sacramento! Your eyes are so distracting!! XXX

  4. I'm starting to wear lipstick more but I'm such a lipgloss girl. :)

    1. I am glad to hear that you are experimenting a bit too! I think it is good to try something new now and again. XXX

  5. I like particularly that bright coral, but I'm a huge fan of red lipstick, and you look gorgeous wearing it!
    I'm trying some pinks too actually, and would like to find a rusted-orange!
    besos & rojo

    1. Thank you, I feel like such a wimp....You are inspiring me to be braver! XXX

  6. Big thumbs up here for the coral too. Looks gorgeous on you and really brings out your eyes! I like the burgundy on you - great for a more mysterious look or for night time and as for the red - well, you can never go wrong with red!

    1. Thank you Jacqueline! I like the burgundy too, but I think I need to work on the rest of my makeup and get that right. XXX

  7. Yay Samantha! Do you see what happened in that second to last picture with the coral? Isn't that amazing! You're whole face is aglow! Now, the next color I'd like to see is fuschia. I'm wondering how that is going to look--I bet your blue eyes just pop.

    And Honey! You look amazing in lipstick!! Do you think you'll start wearing it? By the way, you also, because of your coloring and beautiful eyes, look very pretty in lip balm as well.

    It's fun to be inspired isn't it?! I'm up next with blue legs, huh?

    Big hug to you!! And thank you for linking up to my Style Story Link Up!

    Love, Ann from Kremb de la Kremb

    1. I have been Ann! Thank you very much for the inspiration. I have been wearing a fushia stain to work and just bought another dark dark pink to experiment with...this is fun!! XXX

  8. I love traditional red lips and have been using it since I don't know when. I will keep using it until I die. If I haven't got my red lipstick on, my colleagues ask me to put it on haha.
    Nobody is too old for red lipstick, what a nonsense.

    1. Red 'til you die Greetje! I love that. Thank you for the boost! XXX

  9. Red is forever. Just as Black is eternal. Yes, I do use Black lippy on occasion too GRIN I love lipsticks of all colours so long as they're not glosses because I just can't stand them. That Coral looks amazing on you. Have you tried Lilac yet?

    1. Lilac? No Sheela but I think I might have to after reading this! Thank you for the inspiration. XXX

  10. I VERY rarely change my lipstick color. I've worn pretty much the same color since high school. Luckily it is a pretty neutral color so I don't think I'm dating myself too much. =) You look great in all of these but I like the deep red the best. Thanks for linking up today!

    XOXO, Jenn
    The Stylish Housewife

  11. I love the red lipsticks these days. The redder the better. You look lovely in each though.
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures


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