November 26th, 2013
There’s a darker, all together more sophisticated trend this Winter. While red lips have been a classic, enduring statement, this A/W season the hot look is wine. As we hunker down for the worst Winter since the one of infamous ’47, make-up reflects the weather outside – porcelain pale complexion and gothic dark berry lips.
The catwalks back in February showcasing this A/W were awash with darkness. Pat McGrath lavished the models at Lanvin, Prada and Dior with deep purplesque lips, often blending even darker hues at the centre of the mouth, fanning out to softer paler shades in a petal style; such was the emphasis on rich blood berry lips.
Worn smudged, faded, flat matte, glossed or precise, Tom Pecheux for Marni and Derek Lam, Lucia Pica for Kinder Aggugini and Petro Petrohilos for Paul Smith all put their own twist on this trend.
MAC Cosmetics Hang Up was Lyne Desnoyer’s choice for MSGM, MAC also has some deliciously dark berry colours. Try Film Noir, Diva, Dark Side or Rebel (£15).
With Tom Pecheux using Esteé Lauder for Derek Lam, we like the new Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Electric Wine and Ruby Glow (£21). They combine the creamy coverage of a lipstick with the high shine of a gloss. Designed to seal in the colour, these lip lacquers should stay put for up to six hours.
Top Shop continues to be ahead of the game on the High Street. Its lipsticks (£8)
are satin matte that smooth, hydrate and nourish lips. The Top Shop Lip Cream (£7) is pure colour concentrated in a buttery soft, weightless lip fluid. It feels like the most comfortable of balms, but gives you a luscious colour and shine finish. We like Called Up, Damned, Lips Inhibition as well as Lotus Flower Cream.
Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Rouge is available from PAM. A two-step product, Aqua Rouge comes in a double-ended packaging consisting in two bottles connected by a black metallic ring. The ergonomic form of the applicator helps to paint lips precisely. Its texture is highly loaded in opaque pigments with a matt finish. Try no. 13, a rich purple (£19.95).
Cosmetics a la Carte’s Carmelina Lipstick was made originally for award-winning MUA Sian Richards and named after her Mum and is the perfect berry red. We also love the velvet Black Tulip whilst their demi-sheer lipstick stain Lip Lacquer Vamp looks dark but stains the lips a clear wine red (both £23).
INGLOT has launched five very berry shades. If INGLOT is new to you, it’s only recently launched in the UK, though established over 25 years ago by Wojtek Inglot, a young chemist working at that time in R& D department in pharmaceutical company. Now in over 400 retail locations worldwide, they offer very colourful, affordable make-up (£10).
Chanel Rouge Allure Collection now has the iconic Rouge Noir as a shade of deepest darkest Gothic wine. The new formula with concentrated, ultra-thin pigments offers radically intense, long-wearing colour with full coverage and a satin finish and leaves lips supple and protected with lasting comfort. Also try La Desiree, Farouche, Ambique (£25).
Benefits new hydra-smooth lip colours have a custom double-slanted tip for precision contouring and filling. Extremely creamy in formulation, this allows colour to build from sheer to full pigment. The berriest of the bunch are Fling Thing and Talk Flirty (£15).
Sisley’s Phyto-Lip Shine is light and nourishing. The shimmering gloss, is the result of special, smoothing polymers that form a supple, light film on the lips for a plumping and shape-enhancing effect. A new range of colours with a newly designed lipstick, Phyto-Lip Shine uses, for the first time at Sisley, a silver metal tube lined with a red shell revealing an etched ‘S’ within the metal to identify the new signature branding (£31.50).
A modern take on traditional lipstick, Stila’s Colour Balm in Brigitte is a creamy lip colour provides a full load of pigment with the nourishing properties of a balm. Infused with a phyto-derived emollient to keep lips hydrated, the formula also contains naturally-cooling peppermint oil to soothe and stimulate irritated lips (£16).
The Lipstick Queen has plenty of vamp in her collections. From Saints and Sinners we love Wine. Choose saint for light coverage, or ramp it up for the evening with sinner. Poppy King, the Lipstick Queen has also included wine in her new Metals Collection. The Metals are three ultra-luxurious, satin-metallic lipsticks containing ultra-fine metallic pearls and rich pigments. Enriched with high levels of antioxidant Vitamin E and Apricot Kernal Oil to nourish and comfort the lips (£20).
Too Faced Colour Bomb in Bigger Berry combines the power of lip plumping and blood vessel dilating technology with an explosion of satin colour stain and a hint of sexy shine to create fuller, luscious lip instantly. Vitamins A, C and E and mango butter to drench lips in moisture for a softer, smoother, plumper pout (£19).