October 21st, 2015
As we hunker down for the onslaught of winter, make-up reflects the weather outside – porcelain pale complexion and gothic, dark berry lips. With eyes being the statement feature of most A/W 15 shows, the few statement lips we did see leant towards blackberry and deep wine shades rather than vibrant reds.
Bourjois’ Attracta Courtney took a softer approach, creating soft berry-stained lips and cheeks at the Palmer/Harding show. The Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Grand Cru was gently patted on to leave a delicate flush of colour.
Francois Nars himself worked behind the scenes at Marc Jacobs: “Marc wanted a very strong, elegant and sophisticated woman this season – a Diana Vreeland type. I looked to the swans of the 50’s and 60’s – like Babe Paley or Jacqueline de Ribes, to inspire the look. Matte skin and a defined brow bring a nice structure to the face, balancing the greige gloss of the lid with the matte, velvety eggplant color of the lip.”
NARS was also busy being used backstage at the 3.1 Phillip Lim show as well, where Francelle Daly used the new NARS VIP Red Lipstick to create this punk-inspired oxblood shade for a bold statement.
Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Electric Wine and Ruby Glow (£21) from Estée Lauder make the perfect statement lip; 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.
Topshop continues to be ahead of the game on the High Street. Its lipsticks (£8) are satin matte that smooth, hydrate and nourish lips. The Topshop 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 now, thankfully, much more available with their distribution in Debenhams. A two-step product, Aqua Rouge comes in a double-ended packaging consisting of a matte liquid lipstick and a transparent top coat. The ergonomic applicator helps to paint lips precisely, while its texture is highly loaded in opaque pigments with a matt finish. Try No. 11 or 13, a rich raspberry and deep purple respectively (£19.95).
Benefit’s 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 which 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 the Saints and Sinners range we love Wine. Choose Saint for light coverage, or ramp it up for the evening with the Sinner formula.
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).