Makeup of the Day – Red lips (Trend/Cannes inspired)

Red lipstick has probably the longest history of all the makeup items we own. Lip painting seems to be dating back thousands of years and luckily, we still can’t get enough of it. Once representing immorality, the red lip has become a powerful symbol of emancipation since the suffragette movement, the colour of resilience, bravery, power and strength since WWII. Wearing red lipstick has only become widely accepted since the golden Hollywood era of the 1930s when Technicolor has hit cinemas everywhere. Who can imagine Hedi Lamarr, Veronika Lake or Marilyn Monroe without a vibrant red hue on their lips? A well chosen red lip shade now stands for timeless femininity, charisma, confidence, fun, standing out and not standing for being ignored. A red lip has an empowering message today too in the time of ‘Me Too’: the oppressed will be the ones speaking up in the face of abuse and they will be heard. Probably, that is the reason why red lip looks have been popping up all over the red carpet season this year.

(If you are interested in a more detailed history of the red lipstick follow this LINK to Bustle if you fancy a read)

Inspired by the red lip trend at the Cannes Film Festival, today I created a laidback version of a classic look with a summery feel to it. You can wear a red lip look in countless ways and the best thing about it is that it will never go out of fashion. There is and there has always been a ‘red lip’ trend for a long time, lucky us, no one seems to get bored of it. This year the red lip trend seems a little bolder, brighter, even glossy, dare I say sparkly and shares top position on the lip trend list with orange and fuchsia. Are there any rules to wear a red lip you ask? I like to think there aren’t any, anything goes until feel comfortable wearing it and have fun with it.

Marion Cottilard. source Getty


Leah Seydoux, source: Getty


My favourite ways to wear a red lip is with a precise lipliner, a satin finish, bold and bright paired with a black liner flick and a touch of pink blush or a laidback, French way with no liner, blurred edges and all the other features toned down. I have some favourite shades as well that I cherish and go back to from time to time, like Lady Danger from Mac, Russian Red and Ruby Woo too, Tom Ford’s Ruby Rush, Charlotte Tilbury Red Carpet Red, Chanel Rouge Allure in 97 Incandescente, Glossier’s Zip ,  Lancome Rouge in Love 181N,  Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in 01.


(from the top left to right:  Joan Smalls, Irina Shayk, Kristen Stewart, Soo Soo Park, Leah Seydoux, source: Getty)

Here is my version of the look wearing an old pair of jeans, an old white t-shirt and air-dried hair…


…and here’s the breakdown of the look:


Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish, The Ordinary Resveratrol 3% + Ferulic Acid 3%, L’occitane Aqua Rèotier Ultra Thirst-Quenching Gel, Make Up For Ever Step 1 Equalizer Shade in Mauve, e.l.f Lip Scrub and plenty of By Terry Baume De Rose.


Chanel Vitalumere Aqua in 20, Garnier SkinActive BB Eye Roll-On, Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer in Shade 21 Linen all buffed together with a Real Techniques sponge.


Kiko Precision Brow Pencil in no. 4, Mac Fluidline Brow Gelcreme (I used this one just to draw in a few hairs with a tiny artist brush).


Mac Paint Pot in Painterly as a base, Mac Eyeshadows in Omega and Patina all over the lid blended well, followed by Retrospeck in the inner corner of the eyes and under the brow as a highlight, Mac Blacktrack Cream Eyeliner along upper eyeline shaped into a flick (my hooded eyes hide it well), e.l.f Length and Volume Mascara.


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid in Pearl, Chanel Joues Contrast Rose Initial, Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette in Natural Beauty Shade 6. Pop mixed with shade 7. Highlight all applied with a Mac 150 brush.


I lined with Redd lip pencil from Mac, then applied Red Racer lipstick (used to be limited edition but any of your favourite red shad will do here) also from Mac and a touch of Mac Lustreglass in Lustre White in the centre of the lips. The cupids bow is highlighted with a touch of the no 7, Highlight shade from Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette in Natural Beauty.

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