Milan S/S ’11: If you DO wear red lipstick (not orange or pink), then maybe you’d like to give it this smokin’ hot update

Gucci Spring Summer 2011 makeup

As you may have noticed, I’ve been chatting up lipstick lately in a BIG way. Specifically bright lipstick—which is what designers really, really want you to be wearing next spring. (And why not get a head start right now, right?)

The colour that’s been getting all the love is definitely orange, with neon and candy pinks a close second.

BUT! If you’re more of a classic red girl, then I would like to present you with a NEW, easy and rather awesome interpretation courtesy of Gucci. And I mean awesome in a money-saving, “Shop Your Closet!” sort of way.

Here’s the look:

Gucci SS 2011 makeup 2 Milan S/S 11: If you DO wear red lipstick (not orange or pink), then maybe youd like to give it this smokin hot update

And the update is…. SHINE!

Toldya it was easy. The combination of high gloss with the rich, red pigment gives it this incredible vinyl finish… so much more interesting than doing a plain red or a clear gloss! (Although those prodz definitely still have their time and place.)

Inklings of the vinyl effect have been trickling in here and there over the past little while, with the trailblazer being Prada at their S/S ’10 show last year:

prada spring2010beauty Milan S/S 11: If you DO wear red lipstick (not orange or pink), then maybe youd like to give it this smokin hot update

DSquared2 also did an amazing version of this lip earlier this year:

Dsquared Fall 2010 Milan S/S 11: If you DO wear red lipstick (not orange or pink), then maybe youd like to give it this smokin hot update

But back to Gucci, where the look is really the most wearable of the three versions:

Gucci SS 2011 makeup 3 Milan S/S 11: If you DO wear red lipstick (not orange or pink), then maybe youd like to give it this smokin hot update

Again, just like we saw with the green eyeshadow, this orange-red shade is actually a custom Pat McGrath blend of three different pigments. Darn!

But we can still get a pretty close approximation by simply slicking on a clear gloss on top of last year’s favourite red lipstick. No need to buy something new!

What’s that? You want to go shopping?  Okay—if you insist. You might want to try this L’Oréal Paris lip gloss, which is, to date, the only red gloss I’ve found that is simultaneously a) highly-pigmented, b) super-glossy AND c) long-lasting:

LOreal Paris Infallible Never Fail Lip Gloss Milan S/S 11: If you DO wear red lipstick (not orange or pink), then maybe youd like to give it this smokin hot update

No matter what product(s) you use, make sure to use a lip brush so you get that precise, defined look around the edges. Japonesque makes the best ones:

japonesque lipbrush Milan S/S 11: If you DO wear red lipstick (not orange or pink), then maybe youd like to give it this smokin hot update

Also don’t forget to wear your lippie with a dewy (not matte) foundation—you don’t want to look like you’re LITERALLY straight out of the ’70s, even if that’s the decade we’re referencing here. NEWSFLASH: CoverGirl is coming out with a foundation called NatureLuxe Silk, which is what you see here. I’ll keep you posted on what I hear about a Canadian launch, but I’m guessing it will be early 2011.

The finishing touch is matching glossy, red nails…

Gucci SS 2011 makeup 4 Milan S/S 11: If you DO wear red lipstick (not orange or pink), then maybe youd like to give it this smokin hot update

…which are a M.A.C shade called Shirelle:

MAC Nail Lacquer in Shirelle Milan S/S 11: If you DO wear red lipstick (not orange or pink), then maybe youd like to give it this smokin hot update

Here the nails were short and square-ish, but you should know that I’m starting to see some longer, pointier nail shapes on the horizon. (See: DSquared2, above.)

Annnnnnnnnnd…

What do you think of this new take on the red lip?
Do you like that, for once, I am NOT encouraging you to buy new beauty stuff?
Do you think the prospect of long, pointy fingers is a) cool or b) gross?

8 Comments

Janine
Saturday, September 25/2010 at 1:56 pm

A-HA! I wondered where Joe Fresh had swiped that lip brush design from!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, September 27/2010 at 5:06 pm

And probably at 1/16th of the price too! Although I love my Japonesque…

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Rosalina
Monday, September 27/2010 at 4:47 am

Loved all your posts…great work. The orange of the first photo is magnificent…I might just have try that!!! Thank you for all the NEWS…
Great Blog!!!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, September 27/2010 at 5:07 pm

Aw thanks for reading! :-) Hope you try these lips!

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Jane
Monday, September 27/2010 at 9:33 pm

Oh wow. I just love the bright lip and soft eyes, what a look! And the red nails…makes me want to do mine red right away! And…. the pointy nails are a big NO for me lol

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, September 29/2010 at 11:00 am

I know, red nails are my fave – I always come back to them no matter what’s supposed to be fashionable. Not pointy though!

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kat
Wednesday, September 29/2010 at 9:27 am

pointy nails look unhygienic to me and a little scary!

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, September 29/2010 at 11:02 am

YES—long nails are totally unhygenic! And besides that I doubt they’ll really catch on as how could we all type? I’m guessing nobody had a computer when they were in style the first time around…

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