Friday, September 12, 2008

What is the Lipstick's colour?

It might be quiet surprising, that I am writing about the Lipstick colour. On the other day, I was talking with one of my friend about lipstick colours. A girl can explain you, in better standards and depth about the various brands and various variety of lipsticks and lip gloss you get in market. But all we know is a stick with some colour, which when applied to the lips gives that colour. And it remains, for some time unless we disturb it.

Lipstick has been a symbol for a long time to show kisses in many movies. In a paper, which I found online-"LIPSTICK IMPERIALISM AND THE NEW WORLD ORDER:WOMEN AND MEDIA AT THE CLOSE OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY", the author Margaret Gallagher, considers a media women to be a lipstick. She goes on explaining about what kind of imperialism a women is subjected. She also explains, the role of media, and says that today's world should make women getting into media easy. So a lipstick symbolises a women of Twentieth century. But have you ever wondered how many vibrant colours there are? Lipstick colour defines a girl, the way she behaves and how stylish she can be. It sometimes, shows the basic thinking. Let us just gasp, and take a look around, to find what is the similarity between a colour, lipstick and the character of the person.

Lets start from North-East of India, where in lies West Bengal and Bihar. The ladies from here, what colour of lipstick they use. It is usually (when I say usually, it is majority) darkish red, maroon or even say dark black. It is more and more towards the darkish side. Now dark colours indicate strong will power, determination, self control and resilience. Black colour absorbs light, it simply means there is no colour. Darkness gives stability in life. The women from these places, are usually very strong characters from within. They are very bull hearted, they are strong willed. Even in movies, a women who is a villan is shown wearing a dark to dark lipstick. For example, the Disney creation Cruella de Ville in One Hundred and One Dalmatians, who wanted to skin little puppies to make herself a fur coat.

Light colour of lipstick indicates, the person is very simple by heart. She does not have an attitude, beyond the limits of apprehension or acceptability. She is very subtle in all she does. She knows herself better and wears herself splendidly. She is very intelligent too.

There is one more logic, that involves, fair girls would like a light coloured lipstick, and the dark ones will go for more darker ones. I don't know if it is true with body colour, but with lipstick colour usually it does hold true. Dark coloured lipstick women (DCLW), are a little less on the intelligence quotient. But exceptions are very much there. But try doing something wrong and asking forgiveness, you will know what you are up against. You will never be forgiven. They are too hard to crack, as their hearts are made of rocks. Believe me, this is experience talking!! So don't try to fool them. They will not forgive you. And to add more, they are very adamant on their point of view. Cannot change it as they think they are correct.

Then there are these funky coloured lipsticks, used by girls mostly in the western part of India. Colours like orange, green, dark pink etc.. These girls are very beautiful, but overdo a lot of things. They don't realise if they are beautiful or not. They are not stable in a relationship. They lack the emotional balance. Usually these are teenage girls, who try different things. After all today's generation of girls funky, if not they at least try to look like they are funky.

Cigarette smoking is injurious to health. But today's women from India, a staggering one third of them indulge in atleast one kind of tobacco consumption. About 3% of urban women are into Cigarette and bidi smoking. Actually it is far more than that I believe in a city like mumbai. Around 22% of women from India, are into tobacco chewing, which is even more dangerous. The Indian tobacco market is surely rising, as the women are also pitching in. Global tobacco investors can make a note of this and begin aggressive marketing. The reason, I brought this is because, when you smoke, your lips darken. To cover up this, women use dark coloured lipstick. This can also be a point of view. In this case, it is rather very iffy to guess the character of a women. The laser thinning procedure, that reduces the effect of darkening of lips due to smoking is on the rise among dermatologists.

Finally to round it up, off late lipstick has caught up with presidential elections in US. The outrage between, Obama and McCain has taken a lipstick curve. Sarah Palin's comments started of outrageous speeches. The US call it a direct bombardment of individualism and sexism. Check out the following videos.


18 comments:

Winder said...

Looks like more of experience than info gathered arnd!..... Gud post... Expecting more on the same lines...

LAN said...

well; just had a fair idea of this; so i thought i should bring out some kind of an article on it; which i did!! thanks a lot; keep commenting!!

diva said...

sets me thinking too!!! i have seen women in north east wearing maroon lipstick....goes hand in hand with the culture and the verdance of the ganga, clouds and lush greenery there too....light colors would not camouglage there..light shades are in desert plains of rajasthan, haryana and delhi, lucknow.....

tell me about my colors..i like muave, grapes, sometimes rose and natural colors...red i refrain from....chocolate i wear once in while!!!!!

LAN said...

well lets see; muave, that shows u are vibrant, that is totally different; u must be a teenager or just about 25 years old, if i am not wrong....rose and natural colours, rose u must wear when u go to a function, and natural when at college or work, shows u are simple. brown or maroon, shows u are very strong by heart, every now and then u come back to yourself and give time for yourself...

diva said...

Bingo! quite close....am impressed ....

LAN said...

you are kind of very chubby!! good; u see; my theory does work!! haaahahhah.....i liked ur posts..they are good!!

diva said...

ha ha ha..good for your girlfriends!!!!!!!!!!!

LAN said...

Well my dear; i dont have a girl friend!! :)

diva said...

then future girlfriends! :)

Vivek Lv said...

Hey!!what about the traditional Indian Lipstick? Betelnut! :)

LAN said...

Betelnut means, you are very orthodox!! :)

bhagyashree said...

Hey....interesting topic..i must say! Well...I believe lipstick color does not depend on where you stay...it is a personal choice. Lipstick color depending on regionality is PAST! Today's SMART girls wear almost all shades of lipsticks on the basis of where they are heading to...a party, office, get-together, etc. It is event dependent dude!

LAN said...

Coming from a girl; i should rather accept it. But that is only city girls. You are forgetting that the population of India comes from village. They still are regional. I accept your point, but that happens only in big cities and to an extent small towns.

bhagyashree said...

I guess...you should have a look at the village girls...dude! Nowadays...they are too well versed with the latest in fashion. It surprises me too...when I happen to travel countryside and encounter them.

LAN said...

hahhaa yeah i should go!! this can go on and on...this is not fact that i have written....there are exceptions...there will always be....so this is just a generalized view. Don't do R and D into this transcript.....i guess you don't accept my points :) that is your way of thinking!! :) well most of the time, this is true......you accept it or not.....
There are lot of external factors that are involved that can make my perceptions wrong.....it is just a thought......these things does not have to be true or false.....so chill... :)

LAN said...

hahhahahahah is it!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, you've picked out some of the lesser themes in the article, but I suggest you read it again, and deeply - there is much in there that is profound about the shaping of women's identity and the advancement (or not) of women in media.

LAN said...

hey hey!! this is just a thought; it is not the fact; just something out of the blue!!
obvs it will not be fully true!!