Thus, a love affair began: I started making dresses and buying (too big) high heels at jumble sales. I loved the way dressing up made me feel – a dream that would not have been complete without a dressing table and lipstick.
Of course, the black and white movies did not reveal the actresses’ classic red lips, leading to a catalog of unappealing pinks gracing mine. Then one day, a beautiful Bardot-esque girl came to the farm with her Breton top and perfect scarlet lips and that was it: we became firm friends and I was stripped of my makeup innocence all at once. It was, perhaps, symbolic of my transition into womanhood.
To this day, I always carry a red lipstick with me, often several. In my opinion, there is no better way to brighten up your face and feel less mundane. I don’t mind forgetting to brush my hair, but I am lost without lipstick. Having tried and tested a lot, here are my essential SS14 lipstick picks to suit every mood and occasion.