Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - BEAUTY -

Re­cently, on a trip to New York for fash­ion week, I de­cided to ditch my usual red mani and pedi, and chose an or­angey-red in­stead. It just felt more con­tem­po­rary and quirky, I guess, so it was per­fect for the fash­ion marathon that is New York Fash­ion Week .

While red is quite clas­sic and grown-up, or­ange is more ec­cen­tric and care­free. I feel I have to watch my­self a bit more when I wear red, whereas with or­ange, I feel it doesn’t mat­ter as much if, say, my lip­stick isn’t per­fectly painted on, and I kinda like that, ac­tu­ally.

I still have the nail colour I’m talk­ing about on my nails as I type this — it’s fifth av­enue by essie, above left, €9.99. How ap­pro­pri­ate for New York!

This or­angey-red is ideal for this time of year when red feels a lit­tle too much. We’ll be wear­ing plenty of red come, ch, ch, ch, Christ­mas — there, I said it! It dries re­ally quickly, and five days later it’s still on my nails with no chips!

For me, the ab­so­lute best or­angey-red lip­stick in the whole wide world is Matte Revo­lu­tion in 1975 Red, from the lim­ited-edi­tion Char­lotte Til­bury X Nor­man Parkin­son col­lec­tion right, €30. I’m wear­ing it in my photo, above, but it looks re­ally good on ev­ery­one, not just me, as I’ve tried it out on a va­ri­ety of skin­tones.

I just adore how freshlook­ing it makes all the black clothes I wear, but it’s es­pe­cially good when it’s worn with khaki as well.

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