It’s a simple look that’s all about intense deep plum red lips and nails, and matching them together. Not a traditional summer look but given the dreary weather in Ireland at the moment, it sure feels like winter, so I say go for it! And it’s a pretty cool look for a night out.
Lips: Try Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Starry Eyed for €6.55. Lash on a few coats of this stuff and top it off with a clear lipgloss. You can see from the swatches (see below) that it gets more intense the more you apply, well it is only €6.55!!
I’m sure there are others but it’s the only ‘drug store’ brand I found that came close to what Emma’s wearing on the cover of Vogue.
Rimmel say it lasts up to 8 hours, I didn’t think it did. Mind you I’m sure there’s a right way and a wrong way to wear it. It might last if you decide not to eat or drink anything unless it can be consumed through a straw for 8 hours. That said I love the colour and it doesn’t feel dry at all like some long wear lipsticks.
Eyes: Avoid additional colour on the eyes and use neutral shades; black, brown, charcoals, nudes, etc. but don’t get too smoky with it, keep it clean as the lips are the hero of this look. I personally wouldn’t recommend wearing wear false lashes with this look either or it could get a bit drag queen like. But put on plenty of mascara on both upper and lower lashes to add drama to your eyes. L’Oreal 4D mascara is a current favourite of mine for adding extra lift and length.
Nail Varnish: I don’t usually talk about nail varnish, but matching it to your lipstick is quite key to this simple look. Try No.7 Stay Perfect Nail Varnish (10ml) colour Temptress 100 for €9.45 which really reminds me of No.7’s Black Tulip of years ago and the colour Mrs. Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) in Pulp Fiction wore – not the cover but in the actual movie. You’ll need to go for two or threes coats to achieve the intensity of colour as one is just not strong enough. I’m not the best at the nail painting, my nails are purposefully short and I don’t paint them that often as I prefer to keep them free of products if I am doing some ones makeup. So apologies for the state of them!
Skin: Keep skin natural looking, a gentle sweep of bronzer or blush is all you need to prevent you looking too pale or goth like, unless of course you are going for that look. But if you’re a natural blonde you might want to put a bit more on to stop you looking washed out.