Ladies, Ladies, Ladies! If your wardrobe is your armour, then your lip-shade is your battle-cry. For generations, women have used makeup as a means to show the world who they are: from Marilyn in the 50s screaming “I am woman, hear me roar!” to JLo in the 2000s taking out the “colour” from lip-colour by showing how hot nude lipstick can be. Celebrity makeup artist Zeenat J of Z Haus by Zeenat tells you what your lipstick says about you. So grab a pen and paper and note down the letter that best suits you.
1. It’s a Thursday night, where do you find you and your girls?
A) At the latest fashion show, front row, sunglasses on.
B) Under the stars, dancing the night away to desi music!
C) Thursday nights are for Art Gallery openings and experimental food experiences
D) Thursday night? Probably still at work with no chance of getting out anytime soon.
E) On my sofa, bingeing on Netflix, probably with a bag of Oman chips.
2. You receive an invite that says: ‘Dress code – dress to impress.’ How do you respond?
A) Black slinky saree with a very low backline
B) Western. White. Padded. Push-Up.
C) The kind of experimental dress that makes aunties go: “Aaloo ki Boree pehenli?” (whatever, they just don’t get it, right?)
D) Pant-suit. Matching heels. Designer bag.
E) Short and flirty, probably with a pattern and a skirt that makes you go “WHEEEE” when you spin.
3. Your eye makeup is:
A) Dark and smokey with gigantic false-lashes. The bigger the better!
B) Light brown, clean, taken a lot of time to put on.
D) Conservative and understated
E) Winged Eye-liner (that you still haven’t perfected)
4. You’re in a crowded room filled with people: where would you be found?
A) In the VIP section.
B) Front and center, the life of the party.
C) Not there because you’re at a much cooler underground party nobody knows about
D) Doing the obligatory rounds, shaking hands graciously and thanking guests for coming
E) Heels in your hands, bag thrown in a corner, doing the Macarena (while lipsyncing ALL the words)
5. You’re at a trendy new restaurant and your food order comes wrong – how do you react?
A) The plate goes from your hand to the waiters face, and all eyes are on you as you walk out of there.
B) Loudly (and a manager WILL be called)
C) You’re at a restaurant where you don’t pick the meal, surprise is part of the experience!
D) You smile and quietly ask for the manager, then in hushed tones, explain that it’s not the right meal and offer up some advice for the future. You then eat your meal quietly and appreciate it without anyone noticing, and tip the waiter handsomely.
E) Arey yaar to kya huwa?! Wrong order – this is destiny!
6. You’ve found the perfect dress, but it’s way too expensive. What do you do?
A) Husbands credit card!
B) Boyfriends credit card!
C) The designer who made it will likely gift it to you.
D) You have enough money in the bank to get it for yourself because you don’t need no man.
E) Take a picture of it and then head to Sattwa, you know the best Master Jee for the job!
All done? Great, now look at the majority of your answers and continue below.
If you chose mostly A’s you are…
Whether you’re at a movie or the latest hotspot: your eyelashes are dark and deep. Sexy is your middle name, with a touch of mystery. Nobody really knows who you are or where you come from – but they’re just watching where you go.
Your Perfect Lipstick Shade Is: Nude
Try Cherish by Mac – one of the best colours for desi skin!
If you chose mostly B’s you are…
THE LIFE OF THE PARTY!
Your hair is bigger and your laugh even bigger. You command a room when you walk in with just the right amount of sugar and spice. You know that a bat of an eyelash and a laugh or a soft graze on the shoulder gets you everything you want.
Your Perfect Lipstick Shade Is: Bright Red or Bubblegum Pink!
Try Sephora Cream Lipstain in 01 Always Red
If you chose mostly C’s you are…
You are so far ahead of the game that trends you thought were long gone are only now coming to fruition for the masses. You’re strong, independent and always up for an adventure! Unique, bold and ready for the now.
Your Perfect Lipstick Shade Is: Blue, Purple, Black or Anything Unique!
Try Mattemoiselle by Fenty Beauty in Clapback
If you chose mostly D’s you are…
Watch out world – here you come! Men want you in the boardroom and women want to be you outside. You do everything right, know just the right thing to say and above all else hold yourself to the highest integrity. Just remember to take some time off for just you. Whether in the boardroom or a night out…
Your Perfect Lipstick Shade Is: Wine
Try Huda Beauty’s Liquid Matte Lipstick in Vixen
If you chose mostly E’s you are…
Just sweet and peppy, you are the perfect girl next door. Always looking at the bright-side and just waiting for your very own Shahrukh Khan. Gosh, why can’t life be like the movies??
Your Perfect Lipstick Shade Is: Mauve
Try my favourite: Kat Von D liquid lipstick in Ludwig or Lolita
Zeenat Jaffer is a celebrity makeup artist and CEO of ZHaus Lifestyle. She is also an educator who offers makeup artistry classes. She can be reached at the firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.thezhausdubai.com