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MATCH IT WITH YOUR ATTIRE Lipsticks come in matte, frosted and sheer shades
MATCH IT WITH YOUR ATTIRE Lipsticks come in matte, frosted and sheer shades

Today there is an amazing variety of lipsticks to choose from

Its shimmering effect spells magic. "Every beauty-conscious woman loves the sheen of lipstick and I'm one of them," says Sonya Chowdhary, a young socialite. Millions like Sonya boost the sales of cosmetics. Available in a mind-boggling range of colours and shades, lipsticks are must-haves that go well with any kind of outfit. "The cosmetic angle apart, the splendid shades not only moisturise my lips but also protect them from the harsh rays of the sun," says Anita, a medical practitioner. Her friend Taruni chips in: "For a soft touch, I wear luscious colours which make me feel feminine."The origin of lipstick dates back to 5,000 years in Babylon. It is said that they were made from crushed semi-precious stones. Legend has it that Cleopatra had her lipstick made from crushed carmine beetles with ants for a base, which gave a red colour. Queen Elizabeth I popularised lipstick in the 16th Century made with beeswax and red stains from plants, while fish scales came in handy to get the shimmer. In the 20th Century, movie stars made it fashionable in society. Lipsticks contain a lot of wax, emollients, oils, cocoa butter and lanolin. Though there is an amazing variety, women who like to be in tune with the trend, exercise great care while selecting the shade that goes well with their complexion. Khushboo, a college student, provides an insight into the varieties that are available: "There are mattes, frosted, sheers, stains and long-lasting colours and I love to shop for them!" She has a huge collection of well-known brands.The latest brands to hit the stores are the ones with staying power. Lakme's 9-to-5 with a colour fix formula from Italy makes one feel fresh for hours with its fruity flavour while Oriflame's kiss-proof formula lasts for 12 hours. "It's goodbye to lip touch-ups," says Nisha."For a youngster like me, a lip-gloss is an ideal option, as the shimmer, metallic and translucent colours add glamour to my looks," says a smiling Ishita. "The vanilla, orange, watermelon and bubblegum shades are so yummy that I apply them just to lick them off," she adds.Applying lipstick is an art. How to do it the right way? Kavita, a young mother of two, says: "First outline the contours with a lip pencil, then apply the lipstick and spread it with a tissue. Re-apply it for a nice texture and blend it carefully. If you are off to a party, use gold sparkle in the centre of your lips for that extra dazzle," she says.HARJEET KAUR ALLAGH

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