City Pulse

By Ashley Goldsmith

Maybe it was that Valentine’s Day fell right in the middle of Fashion Week, where tons of editors, makeup artists, hair stylists, designers and models couldn’t be with their significant others or it could just be that when a few too many cocktails and not enough sleep is part of your FW routine, a red pucker never fails to keep you looking fresh! Truth be told, the red lip made a serious statement on and off the runway this season.

At Thuy, Lottie for MAKE UP FOREVER, created a cool fresh face to compliment the jewel tones of the collection while maintaining a look that’s perfect for the everyday woman who’s looking to make a statement without drawing too much attention to their makeup. She kept the face clean and contoured with a hint of gold on the lids. For the lips she applied Flash Color #1 (a dark red) and #17 (a purple red) with her fingers. “If you apply a bright lip color with your fingers, you’ll have more control over the color and you’re able to soften the shade,” says Lottie.

Lisa Butler for MAC created a love-ly red pout on the 14th at Herve Leger with MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger, a vivid orange-red. The look was, “Old school glam: sharp, sophisticated and strong to compliment the collection,” says Butler.

At United Bamboo, Dick Page, Artistic Director for Shiseido, created “structured lips” using a Limited Edition Holiday Palette that won’t be available until (gasp!) November 2010. “The lip and cheek color from this palette was inspired by the Geiko in Japan. Their traditional lip color was made from ground Safflower and water; this color is similar, but we added more specks of gold,” said Page, while filling in the inner lips with a fluff brush soaked in red.

If you’re skeptical that red lips are for everyone but you, or your just not sure which red to choose, Lipstick Queen Poppy King’s shares her number one rule for choosing your perfect red, “There’s not as much a right and wrong as there is a general rule – the fairer you are, the more you look for a red that has orange undertones. And then if you’re deep-skinned, with deeper-colored hair, you look for a red with more pink undertones.”

Originally published February 2010
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