How To: Wear Bold Lip Colours for Fall
We look to the fall runway for vivid colour inspiration, and dispense tips on wearing a bold lip colour
By now we're all familiar with the "Lipstick Effect", a term coined for the theory that in bleak times, we are more likely to trade extravagant items with a humble stick of wax and pigment for an instant pick-me-up. Whatever you want to call it, the inherent power of a good lip colour is undeniable. It's an easy way to go from drab to fab, akin to topping off an outfit with a piece of statement jewellery.
Altuzarra fall/winter 2011; Diane von Furstenberg fall/winter 2011
For fall, we're hankering for shades of sexy deep red, luscious burgundy, and alluring plum. At Gucci, models wore scarlet pouts topped with high-shine gloss, balanced with a lighter hand on the eye makeup, while it was unabashedly bold over at Altuzarra with a strong lip and eyes. Perfect for everyday wear is the look sported at Diane von Furstenberg, with natural-looking skin and a touch of dark eye shadow for definition.
Here are some tips for applying lipstick:
- Make it a regular routine to exfoliate your lips and keep them moisturised, such as swiping on some Vaseline before going to bed
- Whether you prefer using a lip brush, your finger or applying it straight from the tube, start by applying one even layer of colour on your lips, blotting and building on the intensity from there
- Use a lip liner than matches your lipstick, and for a more natural look, apply it after your lipstick, just to keep colour in check
- As an added precaution against feathering colour, apply concealer along the outside of your lips. This also helps define your lips more
- Skip the gloss if you're trying to minimise large lips
- Play around with your lip colours - sometimes it's easier to arrive on the perfect colour by mixing and matching!
MAC Seasonally Supreme Lipstick in Korean Candy; Sisley Phyto Lip Shine in Sheer Burgundy
Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Desert Plum; Estee Lauder Pure Color Velvet Lipstick in Fuchsia Velvet
Model images courtesy of MAC Cosmetics