Image: Oh, this old thing? (Supplied).
It’s true. I mightn’t share Gwyneth’s riches, fame or claim to a makeup line, but as of last week I too have a lipstick in my name. Don’t be intimidated, I’m just kind of a big deal.
…Okay, so the real reason I now own a tube labelled ‘The Kahla’ is The Lip Lab, which has recently opened its doors on Sydney’s Oxford Street.
This first-of-its-kind store allows you to oversee the creation of a bespoke lipstick, lip gloss or balm. You have the power to dictate every single part of the process: the colour, the flavour, the finish, the amount of shimmer, the name, the container… basically, you get to be a complete control freak without any fear of judgement.
When I visited The Lip Lab a fortnight ago, I didn't expect this level of involvement. I'd assumed the staff would examine my face and determine the lip colour that suited me best, so I hadn't armed myself with any specific ideas. Big mistake. Huge.
My colour consultant Andrea kicked things off by asking what shade of lipstick I was after. Frankly, I had no idea. I'm well stocked in the red/dark pink end of the spectrum, and pale colours wash me out, so after some deliberation Andrea suggested we create a deep, vampy plum. It's set to be one of 2016's big colours, so I was totally on board (and relieved the decision had been made for me).
The first step was to create said plum. Andrea squeezed out blobs of blues, pinks and reds onto a transparent mixing template — making a note of the amount of each colour as she went — and blended them in front of me. When the goop began to look deliciously plum-like, I was asked to try some on to see if I liked the combination or whether I'd prefer more red or purple tones to be added.
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Once we settled on a colour, Andrea mixed in some shea butter and asked me to choose between a matte or cream finish and to select a flavour. This part was easier said than done — there was a huge selection of fragrances available, ranging from lime and blueberry to pink champagne and chocolate.