Uh? What? Can red lipstick ever go out of style? I mean, it’s only been around for some 500 years or so! And it’s the one classic in every fashionista’s handbag for that “I rock!” power moment. So, when I overheard a conversation between leading backstage makeup artists in London about how red lipstick was “so over”, I just ignored it! But then the same chatter was repeated in Milan and now Paris, making it increasingly difficult to plug my ears. That’s when I started looking closely at what the people-in-the-know were wearing, what the fashion campaign models are sporting (usually the best indication of a season’s top trends) and interrogating a zillion makeup artists from couture runways to high street shopping malls and the universal consensus it that red lipstick isn’t over per se… buts it’s definitely, um, “maturing”.
What this means is that it’s time to pack away that retro fire-engine red shade (which means shunting out half my dressing table) and instead stocking up on something bolder, darker, and sultrier – colours that almost border on goth. Look for deeper hues with a black or violet undertone for the right look, focussing on rich wines, merlots, chiantis, burgundies, cranberries and other vampy dark variations on blood red – all of which pack a punchy look that’s perfect for the depths of winter with our cosy knits and fur coats (faux of course).
The best thing about this colour is that you can pick your poison in terms of texture – anything goes! If you prefer the sheerness of a glossy stain, there are choices aplenty. Similarly, if a long lasting velvet-finish lipstick is your thing, there are some beautiful options to indulge your darker side. Want some suggestions? Here’s a short shortlist of great options:
Dior Rouge Dior Hypnotic Red, US$32
Will you be wearing one of these dark reds this season?