Paris S/S ’12: J’adore Dior—because these are the lips and nails of my dreams (yes, matchy-matchy is back… if you dare)

Christian Dior - Spring 2012 beauty

So you know how being “matchy-matchy” was, like, the worst thing ever? All of sudden, it’s not. At least not in beauty.

I know! I blasted Mila Jovovich last year for having an orange dress, orange hair, orange lips and orange blush. And I still stand by that. But the idea of matching in a very understated, ladylike way—like what’s happening for spring at Christian Dior with lips and nails—is very exciting indeed.

Actually, matching lips and nails were just one of the beauty options presented to us at this show. There were in fact a rainbow of nail shades—but the matchy-matchy pinky-red tones were by far my faves. And you know, possibly the whole matching thing only works with red anyway… which is fine by me because two of my favourite things in the whole world are juicy red lips (like the ones above, or last season’s Temperley Londons) and unapologetically bright red, rounded, short-ish nails. Yes, I’ve been banging on about these things for a while now and I’m finally being validated. Yay! Come and let’s explore this…

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So no surprise that it was Pat McGrath who hit it out of the park here. Who is the Dior girl? Well, unlike the theatrical stuff of seasons past (need I remind you here?), this year “she’s got perfect eyes, perfect skin, groomed eyebrows and beautiful red lips—nothing overdone,” says Pat. Suffice to say, I want to be this girl (just like I wanted to be the Chloé girl last season).

Obviously you want to know what prodz are responsible for these wondrous lips, yes?

Christian Dior Spring 2012 beauty Paris S/S 12: Jadore Dior—because these are the lips and nails of my dreams (yes, matchy matchy is back... if you dare)

I was afraid of this. Unfortch, they’re a blend of three red pigments—each with orange, blue or pink undertones and custom-mixed for each model depending on skin tone and outfit—so we can’t actually purchase an exact shade. (The cherry reds were the best, in my opinion.) But maybe we can take a few cues from the finish (slightly matte) and the application itself. Pat told Vogue: “It’s red the way a girl would do a red lip today. Modern, moist, dabbed on with a finger.”

The rest of the face is just as gorge. You MUST look at this eye makeup:

Christian Dior Spring 2012 beauty 2 Paris S/S 12: Jadore Dior—because these are the lips and nails of my dreams (yes, matchy matchy is back... if you dare)

Those contoured lids! They just make the whole thing even better.

And then, of course, we need to talk nails. In an effort to showcase an entire upcoming collection of Dior Le Vernis nail lacquers, some models had green (Water Lily), orange (Riviera), nude (Incognito) and this purple (Forget Me Not):

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But don’t you think the tone on tone looks the best?

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This is actually a coral pink (Lucky) that to me reads as a red. Or you could just go for my favourite pinky red of all time, Cherries in the Snow from Revlon:

Revlon Cherries in the Snow1 Paris S/S 12: Jadore Dior—because these are the lips and nails of my dreams (yes, matchy matchy is back... if you dare)

As for the hair, Orlando Pita says we should NOT try it at home. Yes, really. Even though it looks relatively simple (low buns with loose, side-parted front sections), he says “I always try to do a hairstyle that isn’t so easy to do by yourself.” Okay then.

Tell me:

Do you match your lips to your nails?
Do you like the matchy-matchy look at Dior or are you more a fan of the red lips with purple (or other nail colours)?
What are your favourite red lipsticks and nail polishes?

12 Comments

QuiteLight
Monday, October 3/2011 at 12:22 pm

I’ll be honest, I’m half leaving a comment so I can get all the red nail & lip reviews! ;)

I loved Revlon Raven Red (still around from the ’20′s, I think!) but I could only get the lipstick in the US, which sucked. (Yes, pre-internet days, I was in high school.)

Now I wear an OPI colour (can’t remember the name, the bottle is so big I will never get through it!), and am working back up to red lips. I wear wine in the PM, but can’t find a proper, Slightly cool-ish (but close to true) red for day.

And yes, I like the matchy-matchy! I never do it with anything but wine, though.

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QuiteLight
Monday, October 3/2011 at 12:23 pm

Wine coloured polish & lips, I mean!

OK, & maybe a nice baco noir…

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 5:33 pm

One of my all-time favourite cool reds is MAC Shh. It’s a gorgeous sheer, cherry colour. Not sure if they still make it. I need to dig into my archives to see what else I have but in the meantime here’s a post with some cool red options: http://karlasugar.net/2011/01/warm-cool-red-lipstick/

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ana p
Monday, October 3/2011 at 4:04 pm

I love both looks and I do both. Matchy matchy and off colours. What I love about this article is the addition to looks that were featured just weeks ago. The awesome metallic ploishes that are out there now in ADDITION to these beautiful red looks. The possibilities are vast, and I don’t have to think twice about being “out”. I love my Butter London subtle metallic nails and orangey red lips!

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ana p
Monday, October 3/2011 at 4:07 pm

PS – I did notice the lack of cheek colour again in these shots. With this look, I like it! The lips and fresh eyes brighten the face enough.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 5:35 pm

I’m inclined to agree – with the bright cherry lips it’s not needed. (Or at least needs to be verrrry subtle.)

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Nomadic D
Monday, October 3/2011 at 5:21 pm

I did this unintentionally at a dinner party the other night (though my red was more orangey – the lipstick was my Nars Heatwave which I’m still totally obsessed with) and I was actually pretty embarrassed when someone pointed it out, but maybe I was just ahead of the game!

http://nomadic-d.blogspot.com/

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Elizabeth
Monday, October 3/2011 at 8:58 pm

You were totally ahead of the game. PS Holllaaa Nars Heatwave :)

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 5:36 pm

That’s crazy! I’ve always loved matching lips and nails!

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Mandie
Monday, October 3/2011 at 10:36 pm

Very lovely. I’m secretly a matchy-matchy girl, but I express it by wearing matching underwear. This is the second time today that I’ve heard mention of Cherries in the Snow. I haven’t worn that in probably a decade. I’m currently wearing Rimmel’s Portobello Pink, which looked Barbie pink in the bottle and dried several shades darker into a very neon fuchsia. Cherries would be toned down in comparison, I think I should get it.

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Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Monday, October 10/2011 at 5:37 pm

Well the Cherries in the Snow nail polish is a gorgeous pinky red – definitely more red than fuchsia… but I would say the reverse about the lipstick version. It’s more of a hot pink… I prefer the polish.

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Elaine R
Monday, October 3/2011 at 11:54 pm

It`s funny because I like the purple “Forget me not” nails the best! ha ha

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