It’s time to turn to the darker side of the palette. Well, almost.
In the beauty side of things, seasons don’t mean weather, seasons mean colour. Pastels for spring, pales and whites for summer, deep, dark hues for fall and winter and rich, vibrant colours for the dreary monsoons. It’s true for lip colours as it is for clothing. Before you go binge buying for lipsticks, take cue from the runway trends that have taken a surprising turn this season. This festive season, you’ll find nudes and pinks sitting on the shelves alongside the traditional oxbloods, plums and reds.
We have been keeping an eye on the International runways, for trending lip shades around the fashion meccas of the world. Take note.
Natural pouts ruled the runways of India Couture Week 2018 in New Delhi. Falguni & Shane Peacock, Shyamal Bhumika, Reynu Taandon, Tarun Tahiliani, Anju Modi, all ODed on nude lip colour, with soft, barely-there tints of pink and orange, topped with sheer gloss. If there is one lip trend you follow this season, this is it. Nude, glossy lips transition seamlessly from day to night.
Wine coloured lips are a head-turner. A universally flattering shade for all skin tones, burgundy lips exude oomph, class and power. Shilpa Shetty, walking as the showstopper at Amit Aggarwal’s show, wearing burgundy on the lips in an asymmetrical contemporary sari had us swooning.
Fuchsia is the magic colour that brightens and suits most Indian skin tones. The lovely Kiara Advani at Shyamal Bhumika’s show walked out with a pout in a punchy pink, as did the models at Dolce and Gabbana’s show. This peppy colour along with magenta is a reliable, and tested option in the pink palette. Embrace vivid, vibrant, solid, and even soft pinks, we’d say, especially for the upcoming season.
Not pop orange. Think burnt orange. Rusty orange lips, seen at Rahul Mishra, complement most warm skin tones. Dab a little sheer gloss on the centre of the lips, and peach blush on the cheeks, to banish away winter blues. This colour is earthy, and near natural.
While the blood red lip is a true classic, makeup artists seemed tired of it this time on the runways. Remember Priyanka Chopra in her ravishing red sari and matching lips posing with Nick Jonas at the pre-engagement party of Akash Ambani? Make way for the vibrant and cool scarlet to take centre-stage. It is definitely the more enigmatic, subtle-sexy cousin of the classic red. This hue has warm, orange undertones, and looks stunning on olive-skinned girls. Keep the eyes extremely minimal when wearing brick red on the mouth.
Berry stained lips make for a luxurious, yet sophisticated statement. Muted-grape shades worn in opaque look good with defined eyebrows and glowing, dewy skin. Deep, rich plum looks amazing on darker skin tones, and a bright plum, on fairer complexions.