Dark Dramatic or Autumn Nudes? (tell us & win) There were two clear camps during Fashion Week for Autumn 2015: dark and moody or soft and neutral. That was the makeup direction that came from the runways of Paris, New York, Milan and London. Lips were either darkened rouge or barely there neutrals. Bright pinks, fuchsias and corals were pushed to the sidelines. I think the biggest surprise for me was seeing how dark the lips were at Trussardi in Milan! This is one of the oldest and most conservative luxury brands in the country. And models came down the catwalk with an almost black lip. It certainly got editors’ attention.
Celebrity makeup artist Rebecca Restrepo is always one of my favourite artists to make sense of the trends. She’s the brainchild behind Elizabeth Arden’s makeup collections and she tests her colour stories on all skin tones and age groups to find colours that work in real life. “In general, I think women can get stuck in a makeup rut when it comes to colour. They find one or two shades they feel comfortable in and they stick with them for years. But we need to evolve and change over time. I recommend trying a new shade for a full 24 hours before deciding whether you like it or not. Try a colour that you might not normally buy and see what reactions you get throughout the day.” She says that runway makeup is often created to make a statement and get noticed. But any shade can be adapted in real life. It is just how you apply and wear it.
Arden Beautiful Colour Lipsticks in Rustic Red, Ultra Violet & Scarlett
“I think the easiest way to update your look this season is change the texture to matte. If you’ve gone with lip gloss for ages, switch it up. Of if you’ve worn lip stains for a while, try a lipstick. The new moisturizing versions are very comfortable to wear.”
Arden Beautiful Colour Lipsticks in Sunburst, Sweet Pink & Pink Pink
One of Restrepo’s projects she’s most proud of is the Arden Beautiful Colour Moisturizing Lipstick collection. The formula boasts moisture-enriched pigments and Volulip to seal in hydration. This helps looks look plumper and fuller.
I gave away these six Arden lipsticks to one lucky reader. I drew the name Kenetrice Nicholee from all those who commented. Congrats Kenetrice!