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London S/S ’13: Giles Shows us How to Wear Hot Pink Lips
Wed, 19 September 2012 4:20PM
Here at PRIMPED we like to buck the trend that says you can only sport a punchy pink pout during the summer. In fact, this past winter, I regularly brought out a slick of rose or fuchsia, and Kat even uncovered her perfect pop of peachy-pink. It was just the thing to brighten up more than a few dreary days.
However, there’s just something about spring and summer, along with the promise of warmer weather, that makes a bright pink lip teamed with luminous skin look (and feel) just that much prettier. If we needed any more inspiration, the makeup from yesterday’s Giles show at London Fashion Week was a breath of beautiful spring air. And just so gorgeously ladylike.
Heaven, no? I love that matte fuchsia lip and the aforementioned luminous skin, especially of the creamy variety seen here. Fortunately for us, it’s a makeup style easily emulated at home, which is exactly what makeup director Lucia Pieroni had in mind when she created the Giles look for M.A.C Cosmetics.
The best part about tackling a colour like this is that the rest of your makeup (and hair) can be left simple and in a word, undone. You want your luscious new lips as the focal point.
- When it comes to your eyes, it’s best to keep them relatively bare, with just a hint of mascara, and if needed, lightly fill in your brows to balance out the bold colour on your lips.
- Start with a facial crème or serum to ensure your skin is feeling nourished and hydrated. Add a dash of illuminator (I love NARS Copacabana Illuminator, $48, Mecca Cosmetica) to your foundation or tinted moisturiser and work into the skin for a really clean and fresh finish. It also provides a beautiful contrast to the matte texture of the lip.
- Pink and red lip colours tend to bring out any spots and ruddiness in the skin, so after your have applied your base, conceal any additional blemishes or spots on your skin.
And as for the lip, Lucia actually used M.A.C Embrace Me Lip Pencil, $30, M.A.C Cosmetics to create a defined matte pout. As a base, she used concealer and patted it on to the lips to strike out any natural pigment (Quick tip: apply a light coat of non-sticky lip balm about 15 minutes prior to applying your lip pencil so the colour doesn’t get flaky, also helping your lips absorb the colour). The M.A.C Lip Pencil was then used to outline and colour in the lips. Fiddly yes, but perfect for a sophisticated and polished edge.
However if you’re more of a lipstick girl like moi, funnily enough I just caught sight of a gorgeous tube that appeared on my desk that fit the bill.
Here’s the new shu uemura rouge unlimited supreme matte in #376, $39, from select David Jones stores. I love bright lipstick, and today this shade was the perfect accompaniment to my fresh-from-Italy golden tan. If I do say so myself. Although it’s a matte lippy, when I applied it straight from the tube (no time for a lip brush) it glided on smoothly and creamy, leaving a richly pigmented matte finish that stays put. And didn’t leave me begging for my balm.
What do you think?
Tell me Primpers … how do you feel about hot pink lippy? Ever try it at home?
Got a favourite shade or formula?
Isn’t the Giles look just perfectly pretty for spring?
Posted by: Hayley Bennett