Something about Red Lips 紅唇二三事

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Red lipstick is like magic wane to me. It makes me look glamorous when I am not;  it straightens my back on those bad hair days; it enhances my confidence when I come across difficult situations or tough people. It is the most powerful accessory for statement even to go with the simplest and most plain outfits!

紅色唇膏對我來說就像魔法棒! 它可以讓我在最拉遢時化腐朽為神奇; 讓我事事不順時仍能挺直腰桿; 讓我在面對最挑戰的情況及最機車的人時給我自信. 即使穿著最簡樸的衣著, 一抹紅唇就是最棒的飾品, 能讓人有萬綠叢中一點紅的驚艷.

Even though I don’t start wearing red lipsticks until the recent years, I have been quite impressed with the power for a long time ago. My first impression dates back to a conversation with a gay friend living in Paris. He confessed the fatal attraction of a Parisian woman with red lips on the nude face to him. That wildness and careless attitude can well seduce even a gay like him.

即使我是在這幾年才開始愛用紅色唇膏, 早在好幾年前, 我就已經領略到它的魔力. 第一個印象是來自於我一個同志朋友的告白. 他承認, 即使女人不是他的菜, 但在巴黎住了幾年, 每每見到那些巴黎女人素顏中擦著一抹紅唇, 那種不羈的神采, 還是會讓他十分著迷.


The second is the grooming of store people from an Italian brand I used to work for. Red lips are essential in the grooming, and they go perfectly with any uniforms in all seasons. Sometimes I just cannot help focusing on those lips when talking to my store colleagues. They can really hyptonize and make one willing to spend!

第二印象來自我之前工作過的一個義大利精品品牌. 他們規定店裡的女員工必須要化上紅唇. 雖然制服每年都變, 但不管怎麼變, 配上那抹紅唇, 都堪稱完美. 每次我到店上和她們聊天時, 目光總會被她們的紅唇所吸引, 她們的紅唇似乎能有催眠的效果, 讓人看著看著不知不覺就把錢掏出口袋.

If red lipsticks are so powerful, why do many women avoid them? It all relates to a stereotype that only “that kind of women” can wear red lipsticks: they are fearless, vibrant, in charge, craving for attention and no shy to reassert their femininity. It does requires confidence to wear red lipsticks, but confidence can also be a result of wearing them. That’s why everyone should give it a try.

如果紅色唇膏如此神奇, 為何還有很多女性這麼抗拒使用呢? 這可能跟文化上對紅色唇膏的既定看法有關. 一般人總覺得紅色唇膏是屬於某一類女性的專利: 她們無所畏懼, 時時充滿活力, 喜歡做主, 渴望成為焦點, 對自己強烈的女性特質也從不掩飾. 確實, 能夠大膽擦上紅色唇膏的人大多很自信, 但是, 你也可以說, 自信是透過擦上紅色唇膏而產生的. 這就是為什麼, 我認為每位女性都應該嘗試化上紅唇妝, 親自驗證這說法.

It is easy to associate red lips with sexy, utterly feminine or vintage style. To me, red lips are more than that- they can communicate an effortless chic in all occasions! Personally I love to wear red lips with something dandy to have that androgynous charm; or with grungy pieces to strengthen that careless attitude.  As long as the base of the face looks fine, red lips can already make a perfect statement on a makeup-free face.

紅色唇膏一向被認定創造出不外乎是性感, 極度女人味以及復古的妝效. 我卻認為, 紅唇可營造多變造型, 也能讓每種風格上都輕鬆呈現一種時尚感. 我個人一向偏好有衝突的美感, 因此當打扮中性帥氣, 或穿著休閒中帶點頹廢的單品時, 我特別喜歡化上紅唇, 甚至在懶洋洋 完全不想打扮的日子裡, 只要臉上用BB霜, CC霜或飾底乳稍微打底, 一抹紅唇就可以讓你的素顏看起來極有個性.

There are many choices of red lipsticks- various shades and tones- in the market. I have a strong preference to true reds, or blue-based reds- they vibrate my skin and make teeth super white! Here is the four lipsticks I love the most currently:

市面上有許多紅色唇膏可選. 我個人最愛不帶任何副色調的正紅色, 或帶藍色調的紅色. 這兩種顏色能打亮我的膚色, 也讓牙齒看起來超級白. 以下是我近期最愛的幾款紅色唇膏:

MAC Russian Red– perfect true red with matte finish and very long lasting. I wear it in almost all occasions.

MAC俄羅斯紅– 完美的正紅色, 能創造優雅的霧面質感, 持久度也很佳. 它是我的最愛, 也是能搭配任何造型的萬用唇膏.

Giorgio Armani Lip Maestro #400– amazing velvety texture in rich pigmented red! It is said that this is Mr. Armani’s perfect red inspired by the color of red roses. The texture and finish give an haute couture touch. I love it to wear it under occasions that require a stronger statement!

亞曼尼唇釉 #400– 這支唇釉是很濃郁的紅, 質感就像亞曼尼的高級訂製服那般高貴而令人驚艷. 擦上時是滑順的奶霜質地, 之後雙唇呈現絲絨質感. 據說這是設計師亞曼尼先生以紅玫瑰為靈感, 親手打造出他心中最完美的紅色. 此唇釉的質地和妝效比較帶有戲劇性, 我喜歡用它來創造性格比較強烈的造型.

3 Concept Eyes creamy lip #1 Pick Me Up– super creamy, moisturizing and ultimate bright. Love to wear it for a vivid and mischievous style.

3 Concept Eyes creamy lip #1 Pick Me Up-超級柔滑的質地, 保濕度高, 妝效也夠亮, 我喜歡在穿戴活潑色彩或想呈現淘氣的氣質時使用它.

Fresh Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment– honestly it belongs more to lip balms category than lipsticks. However, it delivers the same true red I expect with an extremely pleasant texture- soft, creamy- sheer finish and yummy sugar scene!  Perfect for a next-door girl look or a casual day.

Fresh Sugar Cherry Tinted Lip Treatment 嚴格來說, 這支比較屬於帶有顏色的護唇膏, 不應該和其它唇膏相提並論. 但是, 在它擁有超舒適的質地, 輕薄的妝效以及可口的黑糖味這些優點之餘, 絕佳的顏色飽和度, 正紅色調, 都是受我青睞的原因. 我特別喜歡在懶洋洋的日子, 或者想創造無害的親和感時使用它.

Vivé le lèvre rouge!


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