No matter what age you find yourself at, an injection of color can be fun! I dare you to try it and see how it positively impacts your life. Why? Because it’s low-risk a way to change your look, accessorize an outfit and perk up your mood.
I think there’s something to the idea that a bright color of lipstick can actually make one feel better. Just the other day I was feeling rather low, and I grabbed a bright rosy shade (#24 lipstick from Sante), slapped it on and headed out the door to run some errands. Ironically it just happened to be National Lipstick Day (who knew that was a thing?!).
In New York City, filled with millions of people, I just happened to run into two friends of mine at different times that very day. Instead of looking like I felt (tired), having that pinky pop helped me to feel more put together and lively, which was a nice confidence plumper.
All day people seemed extra friendly in stores, and that good-feeling energy just poured into me. So while I don’t profess that lipstick alone can change the world, it changed mine that day and it oozed over into everyone else I encountered…which is where I think world change begins.
There are so many great brands to play with now that have natural, safe ingredients, that it’s too hard to list out every color and every line that I love. What’s important is that you find what YOU love. Look at the colors in your wardrobe or home for inspiration.
Most often I find that women say they “can’t” wear a color because it doesn’t look good on them, but what they really mean is that they don’t feel comfortable in something so different than their usual uniform of shades.
Rose-Marie Swift the creator of RMS Beauty, one of my most beloved brands in the green beauty world, gave me a sneak preview of her newest collection “Wearable Brights” (launching today August 11, 2014). I was at her home at the time, so being the professional artist I am I just started finger painting all over my face.
I found that the orange shade Curious, looked curiously amazing on me. Then I dappled on Imagine and Inspire, the blue and purple cream eyeshadows. A lot of you are totally freaked out by shimmery blue, having been scarred from living through the 70s perhaps. I’m here to report that I did not look like a street walker or a disco queen. In fact, I got compliments from a lovely gentleman.
So do you feel inspired to try something a little more colorful on yet?
Let me help you out with a couple of videos that will give you some of my best tips.
Here’s one on how to wear the hottest summer 2014 makeup trends: a bright, orange lip with bronzed skin. I walk you through my sustainable beauty tips for stay-put, on-trend summer makeup with this knock-out Wilhelmina model.
You do not need to be a gorgeous, young, blond model to pull this off
Here’s a tutorial I did for Truth in Aging for those ladies over 40 years old on how to easily layer on color, according to each person’s comfort level.
If you need a little extra help on creating a bold lip, then there’s an even more in-depth tutorial that I did with Greta Eagan of Fashion Me Green for you to watch here.
Now that you’ve gotten some encouragement and some instruction, I’d love to hear who among you was daring enough to be bold and make a makeup change! Leave me a comment below!
Feature image by Kristen Arnett