I found another great article on red lips in this month’s Vogue UK that I’d like to share with you. Have a read, and, once you’re done – read all about my favourite red gloss right now!
Red My Lips
Kelly Gilbert highlights why the time is ripe to invest in this most enduring lipstick.
You can’t ignore them. Red lips: they’re so bombastic, so beguiling. They captivate like a siren’s song, and there’s the promise the owner of such wanton ruby mouth may prove just as dangerous.
We all should come to know our perfect red. Just as our wardrobe houses that most flattering, esteem-boosting dress, our make-up bag should cradle one of these face-enlivening lipsticks, ready at a swipe’s notice to punk up your boyfriend jeans or add drama to an evening dress. It is, after all, the season of minimalism, and what could be more succinct or make more impact than a slash of scarlet, crimson or russet? The French, who have an unending allure, have clearly concluded it to be the only shade – rouge, after all, is rouge.
It was in Paris recently that Bobbi Brown, purist purveyor of taupe, realised it was the thing she’d been missing. “I was sitting in the sumptuous surroundings of the Ritz, looking at the velvety rich curtains and had an epiphany,” explains Bobbi. Her customers had been requesting it, so too had her coterie of make-up artists, and so Bobbi Brown’s True Reds were cast. The collection of four shades lives up to its name; Bobbi gas christened them Vixen, Vintage, Hollywood and Jewel. True Reds seems to have initiated a lipstick bonanza this autumn, with many major beauty houses, including Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, launching new collections of these moreish, waxy magic bullets – so there’s much to peak the interest.
If Bobbi can get over her hesitation, we all can. Red lipstick is strident, but it is free from the complicating connotations of fashion. It is as iconic and enduring as a tuxedo jacket or a stiletto heel, which elevates it above criticism. Some may say it is the only colour that is good manners to reapply in public. But what shade to wear?
Traditionally, make-up artists might tell you to match the tone to your colouring; now, it seems, the thinking is to match the shade to your mood. “What’s your attitude? Are you feeling capricious, carefree, insouciant perhaps, event insolent? Keep trying them until you alight on the one that feels right. Like trying on a dress, you really won’t know until you put it on,” says Terry Barber, MAC’s artistic director. “If you are unsure, start with a simple stain and a gloss on the top, and work up to a full lip defined with a pencil,” suggests Lancome’s artistic director, Aaron de Mey. Whatever your starting point – mine was a Max factor orangey-red lip liner called Fire, which I use to fill in my entire lip and then smudge out to a matt stain, which looks great with a bare face – when you find it, you’ll be hooked. There is always a moment in one’s life when the judicious employment of this hottest of colours will reveal itself, so be prepared, and invest in this most enduring make-up.
In the spirit of the best reds, I’d like to invite you to enjoy the fabulous Chanel Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Exces.
Now if you’ve been looking for just one red gloss, make it this. The black lacquered glass case screams sexy, and yes, it even feels expensive.
Exces is a sweet red that gives you a “just-had-a-popsicle” stain with one layer. But give it a couple more layers and you get juicy shade of strawberry on your puckers. The red is red, but it is such a forgiving one (and the fact that it’s a gloss) makes this something you can easily take from morning to night. And let’s not forget the wearability factor – I had an olive-skinned friend try this one, it still looked fabulous on her!
Once on the lips, the gloss is non-sticky, not gooey and feels comfortable on. It has a high-shine finish, minus the glitter overload. And best of all, it doesn’t bleed!
Oh, and I like the shape of the wand, I think this works even better than your typical doe-foot applicator because the side fits the shape of the lips beautifully.
Chanel calls this their new weapon of seduction. I say they’re spot on.
Wear it … in place of that pink gloss you’ve been wearing all the time!
Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss is available in 8 shades for RM95. Get them at the CHANEL Fragrance & Beauty Boutique, 1 Utama, and at CHANEL counters at all leading departmental stores.