Inspired by this season’s sophisticated 40s trend, dark lip shades are a Winter essential to update your every-day make-up look. Deep vampy plums and classic berry-reds were showcased by Gucci and Louis Vuitton among others on their 40s inspired Autumn/Winter 2011 catwalk shows.
When you have only a short window of time to get ready for Christmas events, apply a creamy foundation, a slick of defining mascara, and one of these dark-toned lipsticks for a polished festive look.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Colour Burst Hues of Enchantment Lipstick in Raw Silence
A satin-finish lipstick in a shade described by Rouge Bunny Rouge as ‘cool true-red’. The perfect ‘screen siren’ colour. If you haven’t tried Rouge Bunny’s whimsically named, beautifully packaged make-up range then you are missing out on an exceptional brand– all their products of the very highest quality, and this creamy lipstick is no different.
Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon
A beauty editor’s favourite, this luxuriously textured deep-red lip laquer is a bold choice for Winter parties, with a satin-gloss finish that won’t dry out your lips.
Rouge Volupte Perle in Spellbinding Violet
Yves Saint Laurent
From YSL’s Autumn 2011 Midnight Garden collection this velvety lipstick is such a sophisticated true deep-purple shade. The Rouge Volupte formula is smooth and emollient, making application very easy. The luxurious gold case has a small mirror on the tip of the bullet for on the go touch-ups.
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème Lipstick in Raven
Hourglass’s paraben and sulphate free lipstick treats the lips with vitamin E and antioxidants while it colours with a rich, silky formula in this lovely rust-toned red. The water-resistant formula is very light for one with such high pigmentation, and it lasted the evening on us with a velvety feeling and subtle shine.
Moisture Plus Lipstick in Merlot
Cosmetics à La Carte
Cosmetics à La Carte offer a service where you can take an old, discontinued lipstick in and they will find you a new one from their range, matching the colour and texture perfectly. The moisture plus lipsticks are creamy and hydrating, and this shade is a beautiful warm reddish-brown.
Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Toundra
This metallic burgundy shade is surprisingly flattering on all skin-tones. The jumbo-sized pencil is convenient to carry around, while the lipstick-style formula is rich and creamy with a seamless matte finish, and contains silicones to keep the lips hydrated and give long lasting colour.
Lip Mist in Blueberry
This shade looks almost a blackened-purple in the bullet which some may be wary of – but the sheer, balmy formula of Burberry’s Lip Mists offer just a hint of colour, making Blueberry a wearable soft magenta. The formula is soft and moisturising with a light glossy finish.
Chantecaille Hydra Chic in Anemone
Chantecaille’s Hydra Chics are full-impact, luminous lip colour with a hydrating formula and six hours of wear. They come packaged in a slim stylo case and contain papaya and orchid to soften and provide anti-aging benefits. Anemone is a warm burgundy, perfect for the winter months.
Rouge Coco in Rouge Noir
Chanel’s hydrating cream lip colour in a vampy shade. Apply Rouge Noir lightly with a lip-brush for a wearable plum-tint, or layer it up for a sophisticated deep blackcurrant, perfect for a Christmas evening.
Le French Touch Absolu in Rouge Faubourg
This limited edition lipstick is inspired by the first pure-red lipstick from Lancôme which was created in 1945. The vintage-style case is much smaller than you’ll be used to, while the lipstick bullet is a standard size. Fans of retro packaging will love this touch, and the silky formula of this bold, classic red shade nourishes and plumps for a pin-up worthy pout.