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Can anyone sport bright lip looks? Add to ...

The question

I love bright red or fuchsia lips. Can anyone wear this look?

The answer

The colour-theory rule is that fuchsia, being pink-hued, is best suited to those with cooler skin tones. I, however, have what is considered a warm skin tone and have received more kudos during nights out for my dark-fuchsia matte lips than for any other shade of lipstick that the rules say is “more complementary.” So clearly there are limits to how closely we should follow the rules.

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We are in a period of experimentation right now in beauty as well as in fashion. I say wear what you want, whether it is fuchsia or raspberry red, which is slightly cooler and on trend for spring/summer this year. Joe Fresh makes a perfect matte lipstick in Raspberry for $6.

Step outside your comfort zone and be brave. If it’s really that bad, guess what? You can take it off. It’s just makeup.

Bahar Niramwalla is a celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert who has appeared on CTV, Global TV and City. Follow her on Twitter: @baharniramwalla. Have a beauty question? E-mail style@globeandmail.com.

 

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