Succulent Dark Lips

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There is nothing sexier than a stunning dark red lip. This Autumn / Winter we see a return to luscious, dark lips in succulent berry tones and polished red hues.

Luscious Berry Lips
As seen at Dior’s Autumn / Winter 2010 RTW collection, deep, rich hues make a stunning statement. Dior used a matte stain to achieve a wine toned pout.  Also seen at Missoni and Richard Nicoll – the berry lip took on slightly different forms. At Missoni lips were soft, velvety and very dark (think blackberries) while at Richard Nicoll, lips were lighter (almost plumy) with a sheer gloss.

Statement Red Lips
Red Lips made a dramatic accompaniment to the Chanel Fall 2010 couture show. “We wanted to have one makeup element stand out without taking away the focus from the collection,” -Peter Philips, lead makeup artist.

Luscious Berry Lips – get the look:
Choose a lipstick or lip stain in berry shades. A tinted lip gloss will not be able to give you the colour intensity you are after. For delicious berry shades, choose a lipstick with a purple undertone.

Before applying the lipstick or stain, it is important to get your lips in tiptop condition. This will prevent colour feathering. Use a clear lip gloss as a base and then again after you have applied your colour.  Gloss as the top coat will create a fresh, matte look without being flat.

Statement Red Lips – get the look:
Start by “using a tiny bit of concealer on a brush around your lips first helps give that luxe almond mouth shape”, says Gucci Westman.

Then choose a lip liner in a matching shade. Feather the liner around the cupid’s bow and lip corners, as it will make filling your lip colour in much easier. Apply your colour (with a brush) to the centre of your lips first and then brush the colour out toward the edges.

What do you think of these statement lip shades? Will you be wearing them this Autumn? Please leave your comments below…


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