Give lips a kiss of colour

Red and pink lip­pies have been make-up main­stays for decades, but the AW17 shows gave us new ways to wear th­ese clas­sics

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RED lip­stick is pos­si­bly the most iconic make-up prod­uct, with pink not far be­hind it. So, if we told you th­ese clas­sic hues are on-trend this sea­son, you’d be well within your rights to say, “So? What else is new?”

In fact, though, th­ese en­dur­ing shades were rein­ter­preted on the AW17 cat­walks in ways that made us sit and up and take no­tice.

“Ap­ply­ing red to the face is one of the most an­cient of beauty ges­tures, but right now it feels re­ally new,” says MAC back­stage make-up artist Lyne Des­noy­ers.

“The way we’re us­ing it this sea­son re­flects a need of make-up artists to break apart the clas­sics... or rein­ter­pret them with colour.”

The re­sults are oh-so pretty, it must be said, but you will need a few tips to tone down the more out-there cat­walk de­signs.

Here are four fresh ways to wear lip­stick this sea­son, and the prod­ucts you’ll need to achieve them...

1. Cha­layan’s cherry-lined lips

At Cha­layan, the make-up muse was a “weird, club kid Geisha”, Thomas de Kluyver ex­plained back­stage. “Take the clas­sics and make it more 2017.”

That meant lips that were pat­ted with a fuch­sia cream colour, work­ing from the cen­tre out­wards, then lined with a cherry red liner that’s smudged slightly, creat­ing an om­bré ef­fect. Get the look:

Burt’s Bees Lip­stick in Fuch­sia Flood, €11.95

Nars Pre­ci­sion Lip Liner in Juan-les-Pins, €21.60

2. Top­shop’s ruby pout

Look­ing for an al­ter- na­tive to the matte red lip, but don’t want to go full-on gloss? At Top­shop, the ruby shade was mid­way be­tween the two, see right.

For­go­ing liner in favour of an ‘I-whacked-this-on-in-the-taxi’ vibe, the juicy tone gives you a full, healthy­look­ing pout with min­i­mal shine. Get the look:

Hour­glass Ul­tra Slim Re­fill­able Lip­stick in I De­sire, €33

3. Eudon Choi’s pow­dered per­fec­tion

In­spired by the clothes in the col­lec­tion, at Eudon Choi, a bright co­ral red was mixed and ap­plied in vary­ing in­ten­si­ties so that “in­di­vid­u­al­ity is re­spected and em­braced”, said make-up mae­stro Adam de Cruz.

Whether you want a del­i­cate tan­ger­ine wash or a dense um­ber, the key to the per­fect shine-free pout is to press a touch of co­ral blusher on top. In fact, what­ever colour your lip­pie this sea­son, adding a co­or­di­nat­ing blusher on top will bring it bang up to date. Get the look:

Col­lec­tion Vel­vet Kiss Lip Cream in Mango, €3.40, Su­per­drug

Estée Lauder Pure Colour Envy Sculpt Blusher in Peach Passion, €34.20, Deben­hams

4. Gi­ambat­tista Valli’s glossy girls

The most ex­treme ex­pres­sion of the glossy lips trend came at Preen, where the mod­els were meant to look like they’d gone and snogged all their lip­pie off be­fore they hit the cat­walk.

But at Gi­ambat­tista Valli, the look was way more wear­able. Con­trasted with per­fectly pol­ished, dewy skin, a bur­gundy lip pen­cil was ap­plied over the en­tire lips, fol­lowed by a smear of matte liq­uid lip colour and a gen­er­ous dose of clear lip gloss, to give the shini­est fin­ish pos­si­ble. Get the look:

MAC Lip Pen­cil in Bur­gundy, €17.50

MAC Retro Matte Liq­uid Lip Colour in High Drama, €22

MAC Lip­glass, €19.50, all Brown Thomas

WET, WET, WET: A model back­stage at the Gi­ambat­tista Valli Au­tumn/Win­ter 2017 Mi­lan Fash­ion Week show.

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