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Issue 1: France From An Outsiders Perspective...

The Importance of Red Lipstick

The life of a French woman is one of class and sophistication that comes with an aura of confidence. The ability to take risks, particularly within physical appearance, is a trait that is both unmistakably French and performed with an air of arrogance in the most flattering way possible. The casual way something as bold as red lipstick is worn by French women who don’t even bat an eyelid at the attention received by their bold and beautiful statement is nothing short of commendable.

I know the feeling associated with wearing a statement such as a bold lip, and it is one of attention. Attention that at times, is welcomed, at other times feels like judgement. So, in knowing this look that comes my way when I wear lipstick, and questioning whether it comes with negative or positive connotations, one can only wonder whether the French go through the same thought process. Or has something that was once seen as a statement of confidence, has become something that is desensitised and part of the norm. If this is true, then ease of the style would come naturally.

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