The ultimate guide to wearing red lipstick
OUR FAVOURITE SKINCARE AND MAKE-UP TIPS FOR THIS WEEK
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.