Why it’s totally fine for North West to rock red lips

On Boxing Day, Kim Kardashian West posted a series of gorgeous photos of her little family at the annual Kardashian-Jenner Christmas Eve party. The photos pictured a beaming Kanye, a giggling Saint, a gorgeous Kim holding little Chi and a sassy North. However, one thing that everyone picked up on (other than Kanye actually smiling for once) was the fact that North is wearing red lipstick.

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Let’s just take a step back for a moment. You need to think about who this little girl is, and who her family are. Her mum is a global makeup mogul and so is her aunt. Because of the business that that family is in, North will be used to seeing makeup artists and massive amounts of makeup around the house. Because of her family, her relationship with makeup will be so different to ‘the average kid’.

If you watch any of Kim’s videos, snapchats or Instagram stories, you’ll know that North loves makeup and often finds her way into Kim’s collection. But also… she is a little girl. Most girls/women will have stories about going into their mum’s makeup collection and causing havoc. Why? Because they want to look like their mum! Or they see it as a sign of being a ‘grown up’ and want to play around with it. It happens so often in popular culture (films, tv) that it really shouldn’t surprise anyone to see North wearing lipstick. The only difference is that North is ‘famous’ and therefore people think they are somehow entitled to an opinion.

They’re not.

It takes a really big person to criticise the appearance of a 5 year old. North has basically been makeup shamed at the age of 5. She looked beautiful and probably felt it too. This was one of the biggest nights of the year for their family and was probably allowed to wear it as a treat. Makeup washes off. It’s not a sign of ‘growing up too fast’ – it’s having fun! The same people that will makeup shame a little girl are the same people that will bash normal makeup wearers just because they don’t wear it. There is nothing wrong with letting a child wear lipstick on a special occasion, equally there would be nothing wrong if North decided red lipstick was all she wanted to wear for the next 6 months. You are not her parent and therefore your opinion is neither asked for nor wanted. There is absolutely no reason to get so personally offended over a celebrity’s child wearing makeup. Please join us back in the real world. Would you make these comments to a random kid on the street having a great time in lipstick? I’d hope not, mostly because you’re without the anonymity that the internet kindly gives you.

The fact of the matter is children want to play. They like to dress up and change their appearance… just like adults. Dressing up for kids might be dressing as their favourite princess or as a cowboy OR it might be smearing blue eyeshadow across their face and drawing on themselves with black eyeliner. The reaction to this would have been totally different had North walked out in a cowboy hat – like makeup, you can just take it off at the end of the day. People need to bear in mind that while Kim may have chosen this life for herself, her children didn’t. They don’t deserve any of these negative comments that some believe are so imperative to leave.

To be quite honest, while a number of commenters might think allowing North to wear lipstick reflects badly on Kim, I actually think the opposite. She is letting her little girl express herself how she wants and it is something that they can bond over. North looked AMAZING and most commenters said exactly that.

Keep wearing lipstick North.Β 

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Liquid lipstick – the makeup trend that just wont die

Liquid lipsticks have never been a favourite of mine. The concept is great – a lip colour that won’t wear away over time or after eating and drinking. But in practise? It SUCKS.

I remember when liquid lipsticks first came on to the scene. The first one I ever had was from Bourjois and while it was a nice colour and loved that it lasted, it just didn’t feel hydrating enough on my lips. I ended up giving it to my little sister. This must have been 6 years ago maybe? It didn’t really take off all those years ago. It was when a certain Miss Kylie Jenner stepped up to the plate and released her lip kits that every brand started to come out with their own. The height of the LL frenzy was probably 3 years ago now…right?

Most people I speak to or watch on YouTube say that liquid lipstick isn’t their favourite thing. I’ve watched so many formula reviews where people say that the formulas are too dry and it puts them off using them. So that brings up two questions: 1) why do brands not listen to feedback and make their formulas more hydrating, but more importantly, 2) why are brands still coming out with them!?

If you are one of these lucky people that can get along with liquid lipsticks, then you are one of the lucky ones. I don’t have particularly dry lips – they are always lathered in lip balm. Yet when I applied Kylie Jenner’s Koko K lip kit this afternoon my lips felt uncomfortably dry. I think for a while there was maybe a mentality of ‘Everyone else might find it too drying, but it will be fine for me’ for every single brand of liquid lipstick… then the realisation hit that they were the rule rather than the exception. I’ve tried a few now, from Jeffree Star to Jouer and I just. Don’t. Like. Them. Regardless of how ‘hydrating’ they claim to be, they aren’t. The colour is always flat, it isn’t the same in the tube once it dries down and they always tend to run cool toned which can make me look devoid of life.

Surely I am not alone here? Lips are probably my favourite part of my makeup routine. My makeup can look a bit iffy, but as soon as that lip is on, it just looks perfect.

So why won’t this trend die? I have a few theories:

1. King Kylie is still bringing out new shades. And whatever Kylie is bringing out for her enormous following, other brands want to try and join the party. Unfortunately by now we all know that whatever Kylie does will sell out.

2. Brands aren’t really listening to the consumer, and it wouldn’t be the first time. Thankfully there has been a slight shift back towards glossy lips, there hasn’t been a complete overhaul. It’s still viewed as a ‘trendy’ product because it isn’t in the the typical lipstick bullet and supposedly lasts longer.

3. The target market has changed. These days, girls and boys are becoming interested in makeup much younger than they did before (you can thank Kylie for this one too). You’ll often see 12 year olds in a full face, with contour, highlight and Instagram eyeshadow (aka heavy coloured eyeshadow). This new target demographic will buy ANYTHING they perceive as trendy. I always think that liquid lipstick is aimed towards a younger audience – whose lips are already perfectly moisturised and not covered in lines.

In a recent video for Refinery 29, Pixie Woo’s Nic and Sam said that the trend that they wished would die was liquid lips because the colour looks too flat and drying. Very rarely do makeup artists speak with such candour about trends they hate in the beauty industry, and maybe because I don’t like liquid lipsticks either that I appreciated the comment. But as with every trend, the sun will eventually go down on liquid lips… but probably not for a few more years yet.

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Is Kylie Jenner about to start a new beauty revolution?

‘Big’ news broke this week that the lip queen herself, Kylie Jenner, has dissolved her famous lip fillers. After years of attention and obsession around plump lips, is the beauty industry about to go into retrograde?

You’d have to live under a rock to not be aware of Kylie Jenner and her enormous influence on beauty and aesthetic trends. Her over lined lips sparked a worldwide obsession with plump lips (before she admitted they were surgically enhanced) and the ‘Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge’ (where teens would squeeze their lips into bottles to give themselves a Jenner pout) is now infamous. However once she actually admitted that makeup wasn’t entirely responsible for her famous pout, that’s when things really got out of control.

You can’t go anywhere or watch any reality programme now without seeing a girl with massive, surgically enhanced lips. Often these fillers are not subtle and natural looking, but rather are characterised by a swollen upper lip and a duck pout. It’s interesting that the pressure Kylie felt to have larger lips has now infected millions of millenials who have seen small lips as a negative attribute because of Kylie.

But now… is everything about to change? In a previous blog post I wrote about Meghan Markle’s wedding makeup, I predicted that the glam beauty trend would soon come to an end, with society finally embracing a more natural look. Is this the next step in the prophecy coming true? Cosmetic surgery – and particularly dermal fillers – have become the norm in society, with people of all ages searching for a plumper pout. However, given how much influence Kylie has, I think a giant shift is about to occur.

Kylie’s insecurity about her lips is well-known – she’s talked about it on Keeping Up With the Kardashians and in subsequent interviews. However, to address and accept her biggest insecurity now and demonstrate that she is now comfortable in her own skin sets an example to impressionable young men and women that they are perfect as they are (and maybe that you still won’t find body confidence at the end of a needle). By dissolving her lips, my hope is that it will stop holding women to such high and somewhat unattainable beauty standards. For the last 3 years women have looked to Kylie and the Kardashian family to tell them what is beautiful (whether it’s big lips or being thin with larger assets). While all eyes will still be on Kylie, hopefully young men and women will not feel such pressure to follow the trend and surgically enhance their lips, but instead it will encourage self acceptance. This has the potential to make something that was once considered an unattractive trait to be seen as perfectly beautiful (as it always should have been).

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So what’s brought around this change for the lip legend? Her daughter. Apparently, becoming a mother has reorientated Kylie’s priorities and has made her more body confident – and good for her! Supposedly during her pregnancy when she was unable to have her fillers topped up, she started to really like the more natural look. After seeing her lips ‘dissolved’ I still think she looks great. Her filler aged her quite considerably and it will be lovely for her to actually look 20, rather than 10 years older.

And it. is. starting. Just three days after Kylie announced she had had her lip fillers dissolved, Teen Mom ‘star’ Farrah Abraham has also had her lips dissolved. This indicates to me that the pressure to appear a certain way is finally starting to diminish and women will more freedom over their own appearance.

Hopefully what this change will do is usher in an era of greater self acceptance and expel the need to alter your appearance into the image of a celebrity. It does also demonstrate that these aesthetic trends do come and go so quickly that it should make anyone think twice before making any edits to your appearance. Kylie is doing it again – another beauty revolution. But this time, I think it’s going to be a positive one.

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