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Tuesday Tip: When in Doubt, Wear Red


While everyone is talking about summer and upcoming holidays, it seems like life has suddenly gotten excessively busy on all fronts, especially work. On Thursday, after getting out of work late, I was running late for 2 back-to-back events thanks to Dubai’s resurgence in traffic.

I was so frazzled that I had to do a quick outfit change in the car before I headed out to dinner. Thankfully, I decided to pop into the restroom first to see what could be done to fake glamourous and hide the exhaustion. For me, I stick to my default beauty savior – a bright red lip.

Even without a fully “done-up” face, a red lip can look great. The trick is finding a red lip that best works for you. My top 3 favorites with swatches (!) are below to help you pick one:

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl


I love the easy pencil shape for on-the-go application and matte long-lasting formula.

Not available in stores in Dubai but multiple ways to order online

Illamasqua in Liable**


The semi-matte formula makes this the best “pure” lipstick option.

** Confession, this tube weirdly has no label so this is my guess based on the swatches online.

Available at Harvey Nichols, Bloomingdales Dubai

OCC Lip Tar in NSFW Swatch


Bold and easily lasts 8+ hours. Best applied with a brush.

Not available in Dubai but online at OCC Makeup or in Sephora USA

Are you a believer in the power of red? What’s your favorite one? Share below in the comments.

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