The London shows are always known for that whole bare-faced, "English rose" complexion thing, which is cool, but you know what? It's also a little boring from a beauty editor perspective.
Sure, it's nice to look at the exquisite dewy skin of a 14-year-old model who's wearing, like, a lick of tinted moisturizer. But I also know that it has more to do with age and genetics than any product I can really recommend to you guys. For real life, I'm going to need a few side orders of lipstick or eyeliner or mascara or whatever to help me out. (Otherwise, in come the comments like "Are you tired? You look tired." WHY do people ask that?!)
Anyway, this is all to say how pleased I am that the red lip rocked London for a change this season. On a few catwalks, at least. It's a classic, it's a crowd-pleaser AND it totally brightens up any complexion.
Also? I think we're finally getting away from those "rules" that say certain skin tones can't wear certain shades of red. There were two particular shows—with two distinct takes on the colour—that I want to show you to illustrate my point.
Ladylike blue-red at Antonio Berardi
She started with Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner in Red ($9.99; buy it online here):
Then added Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Kiss Me Coral ($9.59, buy it online here):
Plus Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Cherry Tart ($9.59; buy it online here):
And lastly, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Shine City ($9.59; buy it online here):
The result, as you can see, is a slightly blue-red shade with a lush, creamy finish that is breathtakingly gorgeous:
Loving this photo so much, I want to marry it. It reminds me of Snow White or something, with the contrast of the blood-red lips and nails with the fluffy white top and her porcelain-pale skin.
It's a very ladylike look but it's also got a fun update with the white liner hovering close to the lashes. It kind of brightens up the eyes and you don't have the heaviness you would with a traditional black liquid liner.
Okay, so by now I hope you've noticed that I've showed you a whole whack of models from this show—blonde, Asian, a couple of brunettes, a redhead...
They ALL look incredible with this lip colour, nail colour and eyeliner combo. Yep, even though it has a slightly colder tone than warm.
Grunge-girl tomato red at Felder Felder
The red lip had a totally different vibe at the Felder Felder collection, where it was more orangey-red and paired with tousled hair and a touch more blush, but super-bare eyes.
Then Max Factor Flipstick in Gipsy Red...
...which she painted on with a brush:
On top of that went orange pigment (just patted on) for a matte texture.
Just look at how cool, and unexpected this lip colour is with the model's sorta messy hair, lightly flushed cheeks and bare eyes:
The pale tomato-ish hue works equally well on the Asian model here:
On dark skin, it reads almost neon:
Did I make my point? I really don't think we need to get so caught up in warm versus cool anymore with the colour red—these women, with their vastly different skin tones, prove it.
And second, mini-point: these are two totally different takes on red. At Antonio Berardi, it was all luscious and feminine... and at Felder Felder, it was stamped-on and graphic. Both feel fresh for 2013, don't you think?
Even more London lips!
Before I go, just a couple additional looks to show you. This is from Fyodor Golan:
Ombré (just like Rikki said the other day) is definitely still in play. Here, it's done in the dark vampy shade from last year but with a couple new additions: the Cupid's bow is more pointy and the whole thing has a layer of high-shine lacquer on top.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, here's another trend that isn't quite gone yet. The black lip!
This is Moschino Cheap & Chic... and while I actually love this photo, the lips are going to scare small children if you wear them off the catwalk. Don't.
Do you wear red lipstick?
Do you think reds work on every skin tone?
Which way would YOU wear red—the Antonio Berardi look or the Felder Felder?