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Fuchsia 3 Ways: Nicole, Charlene and Eva Show Us How It’s Done
Tue, 29 May 2012 1:14PM
Who would have thought I’d write the names Nicole Scherzinger and Charlene, Princess of Monaco in the same sentence, let alone state the news that they wore the almost identical colour gloss at the same event, that is, the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix. Polar opposites in beauty style, former Pussycat Doll Nicole is the quintessential exotic bombshell with long, lustrous chocolate-brown locks, while her blonde counterpart Charlene is the wife of Prince Albert II, sporting a cropped blonde ‘do and an air of elegance, down to her striped shift dress. Let’s be honest, I doubt their respective makeup artists shared a latte and swapped lip tips the night before.
But here’s where the magic happens, Primpettes. See how glossy fuchsia lip gloss works wonders on this unlikely duo. Snaps for the wide-brimmed hat, Nicole.
Charlene, Princess of Monaco
If this high-shine shade sends you into a dither, I’ve found just the ticket (or product) for you to take it for a spin. Meet Estée Lauder’s Limited Edition Sequins Finish Pure Color Gloss in Fuchsia Vibes, $42, from department stores, on counter July 17th. Now before you have visions of oversized glitter streaks parading across your lips, stop now. Think a rich, fuchsia-berry hue emblazoned with shimmering, yet not OTT pearl-like particles infused with vitamins A and E to keep your smackers smooth while providing a glossy finish. It’s a little less intimidating than a highly pigmented lipstick, so it will be ideal for your first foray into fuchsia, and perfect for Friday night out on the town. Somebody hand me a Berry Bellini already!
So as you can see Primpettes, this colour works a treat on most skin tones and hair colours, evident from both Nicole and Charlene’s paparazzi snaps. In saying that, an eye-catching shade like this is often considered a no-go zone for those who have any pink or red undertones in their skin. Never fear, just ensure that you have concealed said spots before applying your lip colour.
Then, depending on how comfortable you feel about going sans blush, opt for a glowing, luminous foundation instead like Nicole, or keep it muted, matte and all-round flawless like Charlene. While I’m normally on Team Dewy, for my matte mates out there, earmark next week (June 3rd, to be exact) for when Laura Mercier’s Oil-Free Supreme Foundation, $59, from department stores, hits counters.
This lightweight, oil-free formula that provides a medium, yet buildable coverage and is infused with a truckload of nourishing ingredients including vitamin A, to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles plus an added hydrating boost of vitamin E. Meaning it’s pretty much ideal for us as we slip into the winter weather. It promises eight hours of staying power and true to its word, I’ve had no need to reapply. Quick tip: it can be a little tricky to blend in (like most oil-free formulas) so ensure that you really polish it into the skin, or use a foundation brush.
However if you feel like delving into a bright pink lipstick could be a little too much for you, make like Eva Herzigova at the Cannes Film Festival and work the colour on your nails.
For a similar shade, try Revlon’s Nail Enamel in Fuschia Fever, $13.95 from pharmacies. It’s an effective way to brighten up your winter wardrobe, which, if it looks anything like mine, probably needs a break from the navy, black and grey that are on high rotation.
So Primpettes, what do you think of this lush fuchsia shade?
Love it? Have you tried it? Would you try it?
Are you a fan of a matte foundation base?
What about this colour on your nails?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett