Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : January 18th 2016 Contents Maybe it is all the vampire love
which the movies have been peddling.
Because reasonably sensible non-Mar-
tian women are now bent on looking
like the un-dead.
The blue lipstick trend is everywhere.
And it s scary.
Blue lips at parties and special events
are one thing---to catch a headline or
just be a little crazy. For example, at a
New York Fashion Week block party
last year, Rihanna flaunted an electric
blue smile. Her make-up artist Mylah
Morales lined her lips first with an
Urban Decay glitter eyeliner and then
painted on a liquid lip stain for an inter-
galactic impact. And Selena Gomez
went cobalt at Perez Hilton s Blue Birth-
day Bash back in 2011, when she also
wore a cobalt gown and feathers in her
hair. And Kylie Jenner, whose fake pout
is now more famous than her sister s
Kim s enhanced behind, broke out an
intense sapphire lip for Anti-Bullying
Day in October.
But now the trend is having an
avant-garde moment for real, and
women are blue-lipped at the bus stop,
on the street, in the malls, in the pres-
ence of innocent children and the
unstable, who just might have mental
breakdowns on being surrounded by
This all started a few years ago when
a few designers put blue on the run-
ways---blue hair, blue nails, blue eyes,
blue brows, blue cheeks, blue every-
thing. Louis Vuitton showed the blue
lip as early as the 2008 spring/summer
collection. Pop culture and street fash-
ion got in the mood. Other designers
such as Ungaro and Richard Chai also
went blue. By 2012, Vogue and Marie
Claire were talking about how to wear
the haute new lip shades, from an
intense black currant to ice-princess
Apparently, the blue lip is meant to
be worn with a nude face, which just
increases the I-just-woke-up-from-
my-coffin vibe. By 2014 it was officially
a trend and coming to a make-up
counter near you.
Lady Gaga went glittery blue (with
green eyebrows) at the MTV Europe
Music Awards in Ireland last year. And
everyone s style icon Lupita Nyong o
looked otherworldly amazing in the
metallic blue lip at the London premiere
of Star Wars: the Force Awakens, which
made perfect sense since she plays a
space pirate in the movie.
Still, lesser mortals such as myself
were hoping blue lipstick was just a
zany party and runway trend, that
would not make it from the dance floors
of the young and restless to the real
world where everyday women are
already overwhelmed by trying to keep
up with the Kardashians.
But no such luck. Looking like a
frozen zombie is the latest form of let s-
don t-know pressure.
Actually, I could possibly visualise
someone like Wendy Fitzwilliam with
her rich dark skin and willowy self-
confidence pulling off Sacha Cosmetics
"Peek-a-Blue" like nobody s business.
But then, how many of us have her
I intend to get no deeper into the
blue wave than the level of my toes. I
allow the pedicurist to Smurf me out
with Blue Orchid nail polish for a little
secret fun nobody has to know about.
I once hired a young intern partly
because she showed up for the interview
with electric blue nail polish---which
suggested she had a creative edge and
wasn t afraid to take risks. So I am not
entirely resistant to blue in public. I
just prefer to look as though I have
blood in my veins and have taken all
the prescribed medication before I leave
It is all a conspiracy, you know.
Movies such as Twilight have made
vampires popular and one or two of
the Ungrateful Dead have ateliers in
the big fashion houses and are secretly
engineering this colour rebellion so that
their own aesthetics will seem more
friendly and then bam! When we get
comfortable with daily versions of the
Game of Thrones whitewalkers, the
sons and daughters of Dracula will take
over the whole blue planet.
You heard it here first. You have been
warned. Time to push back, with a
swipe of velvety red luxury lip love.
You have power in your pout, properly
moisturised and enhanced by Sacha s
"Ex in the City or Iman s "Scan-
dalous. The Resistance begins now,
• Feeling not so blue? Tell me at
Kylie Jenner kept the blue lipstick
trend alive after posting this photo on
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