The ul­ti­mate guide to wear­ing red lip­stick


The Gulf Today - Panorama - - BEAUTY BITES -

Au­tumn/win­ter has seen many clas­sic beauty trends come to the fore once again but per­haps the most im­pact­ful of them all is the re­turn of the red lip. At Bran­don Maxwell and No 21, sharply sculpted cherry-red lips were the look du jour while Rochas and Cush­nie Et Ochs stepped over to the dark side with bold, berry hues. Else­where, Alexan­der Mcqueen en­hanced the dra­matic na­ture of red lip­stick with a satin in­ish and pared back makeup but it was Er­dem where we saw the most mem­o­rable pout. When it comes to wear­ing red lip­stick IRL (In Real Life), it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that not all lip­sticks are cre­ated equal; the shade and for­mula you choose can make for to­tally dif­fer­ent looks.

If you want a for­mula that’s go­ing to last all day, your best bet is a matte lip­stick. Known for their stay­ing power, matte for­mu­las are more pig­mented and im­pact­ful but they do re­quire care­ful ap­pli­ca­tion and can be dry­ing. Al­ter­na­tively, satin for­mu­las are a more user-friendly op­tion. De­signed with a nat­u­ral shine, they ap­ply smoothly to the lips for a sat­u­rated lush of colour and err on the more hy­drat­ing side when com­pared to matte lip­sticks.

For a heavy dose of evening glam­our, you also have the op­tion of high shine or gloss for­mu­las.

While pick­ing the right shade of red is down to per­sonal pref­er­ence much of the time, there are a few point­ers you can fol­low if you’re not sure where to start.

Those with fair skin will beneit from blue-based reds with cooler tones which will help com­ple­ment your com­plex­ion with­out wash­ing it out, while olive skin is works best with or­ange-based reds and punchy wine shades.

In gen­eral, darker com­plex­ions can pull off the widest va­ri­eties of shades with ev­ery­thing from su­per-bright or­angey-reds to cool blue tones and earthy brown shades tick­ing all the boxes. Acid brights like lime, or­ange, cyan and lurid green aren’t colours one would im­me­di­ately con­sider when it comes to makeup but, if the au­tumn/ win­ter run­ways are any­thing to go by, these stri­dent shades could soon be mak­ing their way into your beauty stash.

Not one for shrink­ing vi­o­lets, this is a look that packs some se­ri­ous punch and its ar­rival on the run­way was by no means an ac­ci­dent.

This sea­son, the mes­sage of fe­male strength dom­i­nated through shouty show­man­ship and don’t-mess-withme dresses but also pow­er­ful, Pink­in­spired eye­liner.

At Dior’s show, which was in­spired by France’s women’s lib­er­a­tion move­ment that be­gan dur­ing the re­volt in May of 1968, saw Maria Grazia Chi­uri stage a protest of her very own; a look that was repli­cated by makeup artist Peter Philips. To avoid look­ing over­done, the irst thing you need to re­mem­ber is to keep the rest of your makeup sim­ple, so opt for nudes on your lips, if any­thing, and avoid wear­ing too much blusher or bronzer.

Once you’ve de­cided on an eye­liner shade, you then have a num­ber of op­tions. Us­ing su­per-thin lines for a dis­creet in­ish, draw a sub­tle cat eye or add a lash of colour to the lower lash line to en­hance your eyes.

For a more in­tense look, use a big­ger pen­cil for a more graphic line and add lash­ings of mas­cara to re­ally make the colour pop.

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