Nude Or Neon? The Two Lip Looks To Try This Spring

Which LIP TREND will you go for? Try these INNOVATIVE NEW COLOURS and formulas for size …

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Balmain SS17, Jason Lloyd Evans

There are two takes on lipstick this season – super nudes and full-throttle punk colour. The humble rose/beige/natural lipstick, the fall-back for most of us every day, is really coming into its own this season as the catwalks champion a naturally healthy look – check out the bareMinerals Gen Nude range, featuring every hue and texture, while Giorgio Armani has a stunning collection of limited-edition pink and nude shades launching at the end of May, from sheer to matte velvet. And the recent addition to the Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder line, the very matte pinky brown Nude Spice, does low-key neutral to perfection: this is a neutral that suits everyone.

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Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder lipstick in Nude Spice, €40

At the other end of the spectrum, the all-out attention-seeking lip colours that jumped out on the SS17 catwalks are really grabbing our attention for spring. If you love bright matte colour but find it can be drying or too chalky, Lancôme’s Matte Shakers (below) are your solution, sealing the brightest pigments that lipstick labs can produce with oils to give them glide and make them moisturising. They’re at Brown Thomas now; nationwide from late April.

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MAC’s Colour Rockers lip collection (€20, below) features every shade from lavender to teal and rich chocolate brown. Many of these outrageous shades are a little challenging to wear – they’re mainly for experimental teens, who will have enormous fun with them, and perhaps those with the whitest of teeth … But we’re especially excited to see the return of Carmine Rouge, which was part of the 2014 Prabal Gurung collection and is one of MAC’s all-time best and freshest reds; we stockpiled it back then, and we’ll be topping up now.

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We’re also smitten by the unexpectedly daring Pure Colour Love Lipsticks (€24) launching from Estée Lauder next month – they remind us of the crazy lip colours of the 1980s, with plenty of frost, shimmer and chrome going on. Though the lipstick itself is sharp-edged, the formula contains plenty of natural oils (pomegranate, mango and acai) to make it feel silky-smooth on the lips. We love the idea of a bit of glitter for spring, as seen on the DKNY SS17 catwalk. Try damson glitter Nova Noir to sport this look.

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DKNY SS17, Jason Lloyd Evans

SARAH HALLIWELL

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