Give up red lipstick for a man? I don’t think so, Sarah Vine

February 5, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Posted in Beauty, Fashion, men | 3 Comments
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For most of my life, I have worn red lipstick.  I have worn it on many memorable occasions: to see a German production of Othello at the RSC in my final year at Warwick; for my graduation; to meet a certain special person for the first time.  No man has ever commented negatively on my wearing red lipstick; in fact, I’ve only ever had good feedback when my lips are scarlet.  It’s lip gloss with which men have a problem: it’s far too sticky for kissing.

My lips are one of my better features, and I like to show them at their best.  If that involves wearing red lipstick and looking – shock! Horror! – a bit of a scarlet woman, then so be it.  I’ve never exactly been the type to follow conventions of fashion.

Perhaps Sarah Vine and I just have very different taste in men?  After all, she is married to Michael Gove.



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  1. This is so weird – I too was driven to write a riposte to Sarah Vine after that article! Think she caused quite a stir. I completely agree with what you said.

    I feel horribly self-promotey putting the link in, but should you want to check it out, my post on the same subject is here:

    Amelia x

    • Not self-promotey at all – I really enjoyed your article.

      I just really resent the idea of being told NOT to do something. Makes me want to do it even more!

  2. Agreed – it was such a strange article. Not ‘the trend is now for blah blah blah’ (and incidentally, who cares), but more ‘you must NEVER do this, because it is UTTERLY REPELLENT in every way’. Mystifying. Oh well. At the end of the day, I suppose it’s only a bit of lipstick…

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