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.