Refresh your look for the new season …
Main featured image Isabel Marant via Jason Lloyd Evans.
Lipstick is back with a bang. Mask-wearing subdued our love for lip colour, and there was less call for it while WFH. But now we’re hitting autumn and discovering such gorgeous colours that we are finding that lip colour joy all over again.
The autumn catwalks champion a pared-back beauty look in general, but there were flashes of brilliant red along with all the subdued natural shades. I love watching what colours teen girls wear – they’re generally ahead of the curve. My daughter veers from the darkest, moodiest shades to a vibrant red (usually an Armani of mine, LipPower, which she favours for the interesting shades and smooth texture, though says they wear off quickly). She often mixes two colours to create her own colour. We older lipstick-lovers, meanwhile, head towards more balmy textures, as super-mattes can draw attention to lines round the lip area – moisturising ones often feel more flattering and easy to wear.
If you usually wear matte, experiment with a gloss this season, and vice versa. You might be surprised how good glosses are now – the best ones are silky rather than sticky. Equally, there are lots of very pigmented and concentrated colours around for this season – lipsticks do seem to be getting smaller and more intense, so try using a brush or fingertip to dab on a tiny amount and blend in. Or else stay super-natural with a moisturising balm.
1 THE ONE POT WONDER
These Chanel lip/cheek balms have also been a constant in my make-up bag since their launch as part of the No1 de Chanel collection earlier this year. They last for AGES. A tiny dab on lips, with any excess on cheeks, is just the simplest and speediest way to look more pulled-together. With red camellia oil making the texture really velvety. Ingenious, divine. It’s nearly impossible to pick one shade (the Red Camellia is incredible, and the dark berry a must for autumn). A mirror inside the lid would have been handy, but this is quick, dab on with a finger make-up for an instant colourhigh. €45, at Arnotts.
2 THE GLAM ONE
I’ve been wearing these Sisley Phyto-Rouge Shine refillables all summer; they launched in February this year and are so balmy and creamy, in great colours – true pigment with a perfect intensity. Just dab on for a tint of colour. €43; refills €34 at counters nationwide. Available at Brown Thomas.
3 THE HANDBAG ESSENTIAL
Rose Inc Lip and Cheek balm grew on me. I was sceptical to start with, and it’s not cheap, but I’ve been using the pink Azalea one, and really like the way it blends beautifully into the skin for a natural-looking glow – and its neat, refillable case with mirror. €30 at SpaceNK.
4 THE SUPERLATIVE SHADE
One of the colours I return to most is Walk of No Shame by Tilbury. Not too dark, or bright, but the most flattering warm berry, it’s one of those failsafe shades that always makes you look better. And not just for ages 50-plus, by the way – it’s also the one my daughter’s friend swipes on when they visit and rummage through my lipsticks, I’ve noticed (everyone puts a lipstick on differently, so I can tell by its changed shape). It doesn’t seem to be refillable, sadly, unlike some of the others in the collection. €32, at Cult Beauty.
5 THE €10 LIP TINT
For the most natural finish, the Fortune Balms by Rituals (now open in the Marshes, Dundalk, as well as Grafton Street and online) are €10.50 – choose from Nude tinted lipbalm, Red and Berry, or the protecting SPF30 version. With a lip-nourishing blend of coconut oil, shea butter and jojoba seed oil, to name a few, this is a comforting take on a natural lip colour. www.rituals.com.
I also recommend The Burren Perfumery’s lip balm (€9.50) – I treated myself to a pot of their Organic Honey & Beeswax lipbalm when I visited last week, and really love its comforting texture and soft orangey scent. I have other lipbalms that cost a LOT more (I admit to a longstanding passion for La Mer’s), but this does the job perfectly, and is both certified organic and entirely Irish, handmade here in Co Clare. Mix with a little lip colour for the ultimate soft finish. www.theburrenperfumery.com