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How To: Embrace Spring With Poppy-Toned Lipstick
Tue, 3 September 2013 1:22PM
We’re having a major red moment at PRIMPED HQ right now all thanks to the explosion of colour seen at the Spring/Summer ’13 runway shows. The fact is, Primpers, spring is traditionally a time of nude lips and barely there makeup, but this year there’s been a shift into the colour zone as we look to flowers for inspiration. Think gorgeous, wearable shades of poppy red and pink on the lips paired with gleaming skin and flawless features. The stand-out trend for the coming season? Exaggerate your favourite feature and let the rest of your face simply blur into the background. Here’s your how-to on getting your lips to stand out from the crowd.
When it comes to the colour, it’s all about red. But the good news is that no matter what the shade – orange or blue based – it’s all on trend. The same can be said for formulas, with super glossy and matte finishes both making an appearance at shows like Paul Smith, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rochas, Prada, Missoni and Dolce & Gabbana.
Here’s how it was worn on the runway…
Paul Smith S/S ’13
And here’s how it was worn on the red carpet…
Cate Blanchett August ’13
And here’s how you can wear it at home…
Step 1: Pick your shade. From the vibrant orange-based reds right through to the classics, there’s no way you can choose wrong here, especially when you go for colours that suit your skin tone. Fair-skinned Primpers can wear anything orange-based, like the shade at Paul Smith, as well as the classic reds as seen on Cate here. Olive skins can also get away with both, but look amazing with an orange-based red for a stand-out finish. Try: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Ravish Me Red, $21.95; M.A.C RiRi Lipstick in RiRi Woo, $38.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Ravish Me Red, $21.95, from pharmacies
M.A.C RiRi Lipstick in RiRi Woo, $38, from MACCosmetics.com.au
Step 2: Pick your formula. From plum coloured, super glossy lips at Jonathan Saunders to semi-matte lipstick at Prada, one thing’s for certain this season – you can’t pick a wrong formula. For something long-wearing opt for semi matte or matte, powdering down your lips to create the look. For something more high impact that does take a little more effort, try super glossy by popping a clear lipgloss over your lipstick.
Step 3: Keep your skin and eyes natural. While the shade and formula may vary, the one constant this season is that when going for a bright lip, keep your eyes and cheeks low-key. That means skip the mascara, eyeliner and shadow, and apply your blush to only the apples of your cheeks, instead of all-out contouring. Unless you want to channel Cate here, who has applied a few coats of mascara to keep the look less runway, more red carpet.
Tell me Primpers…
Do you like a red lip?
How do you like to wear it?
Posted by: Yasemin Trollope