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Lips Like Rose Petals

I blame my current infatuation with color on taking up embroidery after a long hiatus. As I play with fabric and thread and search for the right kind of ivory to sparkle against white linen, I give more thought to the colors around me, sometimes even too much. “Wouldn’t that be a great pairing!” I think as I walk over a chocolate brown grate that my Brussels commune stamps with its lemon yellow seal. When I’m not admiring the exquisite detail of local plumbing, I indulge my color obsession via my makeup kit.

rose-lipstick

Makeup is a natural way to explore color, because face products–lipstick, blush, eyeshadow, powders–allow for an infinite variation of shades and gradations of tones. Depending on the texture and transparency, the same hue can take a different cast, not to mention the effect provided by your own skin. Of course, it’s also an excuse for adding to my makeup wardrobe, because as I delve further into my embroidery and as the summer roses bloom with more abandon, my collection grows steadily. One pink is suddenly not enough. I want all of the roses on my lips.

But alas, roses proved to be a difficult case. While reds and berries suit my pale complexion well, roses and pinks can emphasize the yellowish cast of my skin and make me look as if I haven’t slept for days. The swatching exercise below was done chiefly to organize my stash. The result is a selection of mini-reviews. I prefer my cosmetics unscented, but some of my favorite formulas have a strong scent. I added short fragrance notes, in case you’re picky about this aspect of your lipstick.

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  • Anne K in In The Rose Capital of Iran: I’d love to travel anywhere in Turkey. Is Isparta the only place for roses or is it the most famous in Turkey? February 20, 2017 at 11:08am

  • Anne K in In The Rose Capital of Iran: This is such a beautiful article, Victoria. I remember you posting about your visit to Iran and your photos. I’d love to see more. February 20, 2017 at 11:06am

  • Karen A in In The Rose Capital of Iran: What a wonderful trip that must have been! It is remarkable the variety of fragrances from roses (and a good excuse to grow lots of different varieties). Planning a visit… February 20, 2017 at 9:42am

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