When I launched TDG four years ago, one of my first posts spotlighted Stila’s “Convertible Color” creme blushes, and with good reason: after all these years, its still my favorite creme cheek color. While I’m skeptical of it’s use on the lips (the company claims it does double duty), I haven’t found anything that does a better job of imparting a dose of natural, radiant color to the face.
Orange-hued lips are another strong trend surfacing now, but unlike the coral and tangerine glosses of spring/summer seasons past, this year’s variation demands intense color, either in combination with bare, lightly burnished skin, or a dramatically smokey eye for an exciting, unexpected turn.
Now that the sun has finally come out from behind the clouds after this year’s harsh, dreary and seemingly interminable winter, its time once again for the summer transition, which means a continuing emphasis on vibrant lip and cheek colors. While orange-accented reds did their job to add drama and ameliorate late winter doldrums earlier in the year, the approaching warm weather begs for a lighter, more playful, but equally substantive pop of color. In my next few posts, I’ll be discussing the best trending lip and cheek colors, starting with a range of pinks that will carry you through to August.
Red lipcolor is not exactly breaking news these days, but it’s use as part of a monochromatic theme was noteworthy at Martin Grant’s presentation yesterday in Paris. The combination of bright cherry lips and color-matched stilettos gave a sexy crimson sheath an up-to-the-minute feel. The rest of the collection was equally as striking – cleverly designed bodysuits gave added interest under voluminous skirts, and geometric patterns in shades of black, cream and navy looked fresh, especially on a retro shoulder detail.
False lashes, other than a few singles, usually come under the “don’t try this at home” category for me, not because I have doubts about my readers’ technical abilities – there are lash application tutorials all over the internet – but because of the clumsy look of some of the more exaggerated styles out there. And while today’s media darlings wouldn’t dare leave the house without their heavy false lashes (applied by their personal makeup artists, no doubt), most of us aren’t exposing our private lives 24/7 to the blinding flashes of the paparazzi.
Antonio Marras’s Spring 2014 collection was all over the place, but several pieces, like his black and cream printed party frocks were strong, and so were some silver leather pieces, like a loosely constructed, mid-thigh length, cropped sleeve coat that is destined to be a much coveted item among his devotees. The surprising combination of mint green eyeshadow and a fuchsia lip brought some cohesiveness to the collection and reaffirmed this season’s strong trend toward discernible color on the face.
I was excited to see the soft, layered color on the models’ lids yesterday at Emilio De La Morena’s Spring 2014 runway show. It lent a lovely, watercolor effect to his beautifully constructed clothes and allowed for some much-needed relief from the conspicuous red lips that have been dominating the runways the past few seasons.
Judging by yesterday’s J. W. Anderson show at London Fashion Week yesterday, the lip “stain” continues to be on trend for next Spring. I loved the warm, monochromatic color on the face here, and the disheveled, center-parted ponytails that allowed the inventiveness of the clothes to take precedence.
One of the better and more wearable makeup looks at the Spring 2014 shows was this bright raspberry/fuchsia stained lip at Naeem Khan. I love it in combination with the metallic copper eyecolor, mascara’d lashes and barely-blushed cheeks, above. Gently filled-in brows and flawless skin balanced it all off to create a perfect accesssory for the dramatic lace and embroidery embellished collection.
The smokey eye made an appearance at Cushnie Et Och’s Spring 2014 showing yesterday – this time with a relaxed, informal hand and a touch of metal that extended clear up to the eyebrow. With polished skin and a silvery, mauve-ed nude mouth, it was a perfect foil for the grown-up, glamorous, mostly black and white collection.