The colour for now: RED LIPS

The power of an in­tense lus­trous pout is not to be ig­nored. Emily Cronin ex­plores how you can up­date your look in­stantly.

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Call it the red-lip re­nais­sance. No­tice-me pouts were all over the run­ways, from a matt stain at Marni to a deep bur­gundy at Louis Vuit­ton, and a glossy opaque at An­to­nio Berardi. (“When I think of a strong, sen­sual woman, I can’t imag­ine her with­out a bold red lip,” says Berardi.) Off the cat­walk, rouge-lov­ing ladies from ac­tress Emma Stone to J.Crew cre­ative di­rec­tor Jenna Lyons – the name­sake of a best-sell­ing or­an­gered Bobbi Brown lip­stick – are mak­ing the look their sig­na­ture. No longer the pre­serve of pin-ups and well-heeled grand­moth­ers, to­day’s red lips feel any­thing but retro. And the new for­mu­las make them in­cred­i­bly user-friendly. For­get brushes, lip pen­cils, and con­stant reap­ply­ing – the liq­uid lip­sticks from Stila, Shi­seido, El­iz­a­beth Ar­den, and Estée Lauder go on wet and fast, then dry down and don’t budge. (For you die-hard Nars Vel­vet Matte Lip Pen­cil fans, we won’t ar­gue with you: Those chubby pen­cils are still the eas­i­est way to ap­ply bright crim­son or wine in the back of a swerv­ing car.) Be­tween the vast range of shades and fin­ishes

avail­able –

matt, vel­vet, shiny – there’s a scar­let lip for ev­ery wearer. “Red lip­stick is my su­per­hero cape,” says Lip­stick Queen founder Poppy King. “It’s hugely em­pow­er­ing and al­ways makes me feel a lit­tle bit stronger and more in con­trol.” Peren­nial at­trac­tions, yes, but what’s new is how well-suited red lips are to the sea­son’s key looks – from Marc by Marc Ja­cob’s ’70s glam­our-pusses to Nina Ricci’s cherry-lipped bal­leri­nas. Red pro­vides an im­me­di­ate punch of pol­ish, for a frac­tion of the price of a de­signer dress. For those as yet unini­ti­ated into the ranks, here’s how to do it: paint your pout first, then de­cide how much other make-up you need. It’s mod­ern to keep the rest of your face fairly bare, with just a hint of blush and a cou­ple of coats of mas­cara. Then pre­pare for peo­ple to no­tice. “It does cre­ate a char­ac­ter,” says Tom Pecheux, cre­ative make-up di­rec­tor at Estée Lauder. “It’s a kind of cold sexy that says, ‘Look at me, I’m lux­u­ri­ous, I’m ex­tremely fem­i­nine – but just look, don’t touch.’” This is red, the colour of con­fi­dence, which, come to think of it, may be the most rav­ish­ing one of all.

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