Favourite winter lipsticks!!!

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Hello makeup loves!

I can’t believe that it is already November, this year has gone so fast. As many of you will know I have spent the last year travelling around the world…..finally though I am back! I love winter- except for the cold weather- and I love that makeup wise you can start wearing deep, dark lipsticks. So, I thought I would tell you my favourite purple lipsticks for this winter and the great thing about most of these lipsticks is that they can be found in most Boots and Superdrug stores and accommodate for every budget!

First up is the new Maybelline Super Stay 14hr Lipstick in ‘Always Plum’, this lipstick lasts forever without drying out your lips and has a nice creamy texture. This is a matt plum colour and looks great alone or teamed with a lipgloss.

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Up next is Revlon, and their AMAZING deep purple lipstick in ‘Va va violet’. I have used this lipstick on many photoshoots because the colour is so intense and beautiful. this is not long lasting so be aware that you will need to re-apply. This colour looks amazing on dark skin tones. I have included a photo from a shoot that I used this lipstick on.

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Another great purple lipstick is another one by Maybelline from the ColourSensational range. The colour is ‘Midnight Plum 338’, and this is a slightly lighter plum colour than the deep Revlon. This colour differs dependent on skin tone and lip colour so be sure to try before you buy. This lipstick has very small flicks of shimmer through it and looks very pretty on lips for parties.

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My last favourite lipstick is one from my Inglot palette, number 85. This is a long lasting lipstick with a semi-matt finish, highly pigmented this lipstick it fantastic for photoshoots. All of the Inglot lipsticks have a beautiful creamy texture to them and they feel lovely on your lips. Mmmmm……

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Moving onto lipgloss I recently discovered this beautiful creamy gloss by Laura Mercier in ‘Mauve Plum’. It looks fantastic on top of the 14hr Maybelline lipstick from above. Purple lipgloss is great if you are a bit uncertain about statement lips as they are a lot sheerer than lipstick.

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Finally Shu Uemura have a fantastic dark purple, very sheer lipgloss thats perfect for giving a high shine to a matt lipstick. The colour is 059N. It smells yummy too……

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I have a new makeup tutorial showing you how to match your eye shadow to dark statement lips, check it out below and be sure to leave me comments about your favourite purple lipstick.

Love Fiona

Dark statement lips.
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NYFW fall/winter 11 makeup trends.

With New York Fashion Week well underway I thought I would show you guys the trends for fall/winter 11 makeup as seen on the catwalks and my tips on how to create them……..

This is part of Alexander Wangs‘ collection, as you can see the makeup has been kept very natural with pink/nude lips, dewy flawless skin, strong brows and black eyeliner at the outside corner for a wide eyed look.

 

Calvin Klein goes for the bare minimum keeping makeup ‘au naturel’. Fresh, highlighted skin, mascara and a natural lip colour makes this look perfect for when you are in a hurry. Apply a light foundation or tinted moisturiser to your skin, Bourjois ’10 hour sleep effect’ foundation, Bobbi Brown Moisturising Foundation or Laura Mercier Tinted moinsturiser would all be perfect for this. Apply highlighter along your cheekbones, on your brow bone and down the centre of your nose for a dewy finish. MAC cream highlighter in ‘Shell’ or ‘Pearl’ is my fav for doing this! ‘High Beam’ by Benefit is also a fab liquid highlighter. If these are too pricey then you can use a shimmery light eyeshadow instead. Add some mascara and natural lippy and you are ready to go! I love this very subtle peach colour seen on the Calvin Klein catwalk, if you are looking for your perfect nude lipstick try MyFace cosmetics.

Anna Sui brings back the 1960’s unblended dark crease line but gives the look a modern twist by moving it slightly higher up. A bright highlighted eyeshadow in the inner corner of the eye and lots of mascara finish off this look.

 

A stronger plum coloured lip is seen in Carolina Herrara’s stunning collection. The foundation is slightly heavier and matte but still has the highlighted cheek and brow bones as seen in Calvin Klein. If you foundation is looking to shiny use a light powder on top to make it look matte. I am a huge fan of ‘Hello Flawless’ by Benefit or ‘Universal Invisible Powder’ by Laura Mercier. Collection 2000 powder can be found in Superdrug and Boots and is a cheaper alternative. This look has the defined brows that have featured on many of the NYFW catwalks, simple black eyeliner along the top lash line, a sweep of mascara and a deep rough blusher under the cheekbones for added contouring. A perfect blusher for this look is ‘Fever’ by MAC as featured in my ‘September must-have’s’ makeup tutuorial on youtube. Go easy with this blusher though as a little goes a long way!

 

Diane von Furstenbergs’ collection also features the strong lips that are one of my favourite trends for fall/winter 11, this time a gorgeous red. GOSH does a perfect red lipstick for this look and can be found in most highstreet drugstores. Again as seen on the Alexander Wang catwalk eyeliner and eyeshadow have been applied to the outer corners and blended outwards giving an oriental feel to the makeup.

J’adore the makeup seen on the Donna Karen catwalk! Its bright, colourful and really fun. The contrasting orange eyeshadow and pink lips is a great look this autumn. Bella Pierre does lots of awesome colours of eyeshawdow including a perfect orange for this look. For the lips MAC ‘Saint-Germain’ lipstick is an exact match! Again the eyebrows are kept heavy and well groomed for this look.

 

Issac Mizrahi encorporated the orange autumnal colours into a statement lip keeping the rest of the makeup natural. The brows are strong and defined ( this is a definite must have for this autumn/winter).

The makeup worn by the models on the Jason Wu catwalk focuses on an awesome metallic, winged statement eye. The eyebrows in this look have been bleached placing emphasis on the eye makeup ( i don’t suggest you all go and dye your eyebrows for winter though). One of my top secret tips to make your eyes look bigger and to make them ‘pop’ is to apply a highlighting eyeshadow on the inside corner of the eye and also just above the pupil on the eyelid. You can see this technique used here. The key to thins look is to keep the rest of your makeup very nude and natural.

 

Last but by no means least is Marc Jacobs. The strong brow, highlighted complexion and simple eyes was featured on the models in his collection but what made this makeup stand out to me was the interesting placement of blusher. By placing blusher so far below the cheekbones, a natural looking flushed but contoured face is achieved. I love this look and will definitely be applying my blush like below! ‘Peaches’ by MAC is a perfect blusher to create this look.

Its not long now before I will be in NYC!! Getting excited now.

Love Fiona x