Lipstick is a wonderful accessory. It makes us feel powerful, bold, and endlessly chic. But so often we stick to the script when it comes to choosing a color. Reds, pinks and nudes get all the love while more playful makeup declarations collect dust inside our vanities. Our advice? Break with convention! Go forth and slide on all the bold shades you desire.
Oxblood at Anna Sui; gothic plum at Cushnie et Ochs; moody merlot at Burberry; deep mocha berry at Givenchy—we saw dark shades typically reserved for cooler months swathed across lips for Spring ’16. It’s an edgy new take on glamour and works equally well with fair-to-dark skin tones.
If you’re hesitant about venturing to the dark side—the look after all, can quickly veer into Edward Scissorhands territory and away from the rocker chic, Lorde-inspired lips you’re aiming for. Simply keep the rest of your makeup natural or at least monochromatic; mascara and a little lip liner are all you need.
When faced with endless lipstick colour choices at the cosmetics counter, gold likely isn’t your first—or even your fifth—pick. Pretty, you think, but definitely something reserved only for the runways. And though plenty of well-executed gilt trips were taken at Prada’s spring presentation, one look at Zoe Kravitz’s gleaming molten mouth will have you convinced that a bit of bullion is a safe bet IRL.
When Lupita Nyong’o appeared on the red carpet at the U.K. premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens last December with a bold slick of metallic blue lipstick, it signaled that unconventional colours might soon be anything but.
It was bold; it was beautiful; but, is it wearable? To channel her sci-fi spirit, be sure to follow the starlet’s lead and keep skin bare and glowing. And for those who find the shade a tad too quirky, opt instead for a red lippy with a deep blue undertone which has the added benefit of making your pearly-whites look ultra-bright.
Either way, consider it further proof that an out-of-the-box lip is the simplest way to make a high-impact statement, whether you’re on the red carpet in London; in a galaxy far, far away; or anywhere in between.
The key is to go for a creamy glaze, one with just a hint of micro-shimmer, instead of a full-on 24kt foil. Layer gold lipstick over a deeper shade or just dab it in the centre of your lips for a sheen to make your lips look fuller.