Sunday, 6 January 2013

A Splash of Colour

As a lifelong neutral lip colour fan, I've recently had something of an epiphany. Over the last few weeks I've been trying out all manner of shades of lipstick and gloss, and I can report back that I am very much a bright lip convert. Don't get me wrong, there is always a place for a nude lipgloss in my makeup collection, and for everyday, you can't go wrong with a slick of Nars Turkish Delight or Mac Hue, but a slick of (carefully applied) red lipstick or pink lipgloss really makes me feel glam. 

Here are some of the colours I've been loving, but bear in mind, I have quite a warm skintone. For a really good tutorial for how to wear red or bright lips, check out


Mac Lady Bug (universal red that works for everyone)

Chanel Rouge Allure in Incandescent (an orangier red, perfect for warmer skin tones)

Chanel Rouge Allure Incandescent

Maybelline Super Stay 14hour Lipstick in Non Stop Red

No 7 Sheer Temptation in Glam

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Mightiest Marachino

Mac Lip Pencil in Cherry 

From L-R: Mac Lady Bug, Clinique Chubby Stick in Mightiest Maraschino, Boots Sheer Temptation in Glam, Mac Lip Pencil in Cherry


Nars Lipgloss in Angelika and Coeur Sucre (a Larger than Life gloss)

YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Soft Fuschia

Lipgloss on left Nars Ophelia, Picture on right, YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Soft Fuschia, Lipgloss in Angelika and Coeur Sucre

Finally, my new, absolute favourite lipgloss, that Mr. G picked up for me last week, is a less bright pink by Nars, called...Ophelia. Yes, I'm quite possibly biased, but it's perfect.

From L-R: Nars Angelika, Coeur Sucre, YSL in Soft Fuschia

Finally, make sure you apply bright lipsticks really carefully. Use a lipbrush, blot and apply a second layer to make it last as long as possible. The glossier the texture, the less long it seems to last.

Mac Lipsticks, £14 from Mac counters and online

Chanel Rouge Lipstick, £25, from Chanel counters and online

Maybelline Super Stay 14hour Lipstick, £6.99 from Boots

No 7 Sheer Temptation, £9 from Boots

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense, £16 from Clinique counters and online

Mac Lip Pencil, £11 from Mac counters and online

Nars Lipgloss, £17.50 from Nars counters and online

YSL Rouge Pur Couture, £22.50 from YSL counters and online

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