Halloween is over, Bonfire night is looming and Christmas is on its way. I think it’s fair to say that winter is finally upon us. And to be honest, I’m glad. I can finally put down my tinted moisturiser and cream blush and leave that wholesome summer look behind. It’s time for thick scarves, tights and boots, but most importantly it’s time for real make-up. Yes lips can finally be raspberry without looking radical and you can pile on as much mascara as you like, as to be fair, your face is the only thing you’ll be showing for the next 6 months.
With that being said, there are three products you’ll need more than ever: a lipstick (well you’ll definitely want more than one), a liner (gel or liquid it’s up to you) and lashes (whilst falsies were celebrated all over the catwalk, they’re not really useful or as exciting for everyday use, so a good eyelash curler is key.)
The Lipstick – Laura Mercier Plumberry
I first tried Laura Mercier‘s Plumberry in late summer and it just didn’t feel quite right, but last weekend I endeavoured to take the plunge again and I’m so glad I did. Though it’s name may be slightly misleading, it’s actually for the best, as this is a really wearable deep red. To be fair it definitely does have a plummy berry undertone, but it’s the perfect red for days you don’t want to scream ‘I’m wearing red lipstick!’ As with all of the Mercier lipsticks, it’s creamy and smooth, but unlike the others I’ve tried, this new edition to the family, lasts the whole night. Keep doing what you’re doing LM.
Laura Mercier, Plumberry, £21, John Lewis
The Liner – Topshp’s Magic Liner
Even though I started on liquid eyeliner, I quickly defected to gel, as the Rimmel liner I had been committed to for a good 5 years, made my eyes sting. Once I tried Laura Mercier‘s creme gel I was a convert to the thick wings that could be created and the ease with which the gel glided on. In all honestly, Laura Mercier, kind of ruined me for every gel liner afterwards because I’m yet to find one that matches up. Until recently I was using Eyeko‘s liquid liner (the Alexa one for days I wanted a thick wing, the metallic onyx, for the days I wanted a low-key ‘invisible’ vibe). After over a year of not trying anything new, I decided to give Topshop‘s ‘Magic Liner’ a go, the name was too intriguing not to- and I’m glad I did. At a fraction of the price it works just as well, admiteddly the packaging isn’t as sexy as Eyeko’s, but Topshop’s magic liner manages to combine the best of the two eyeko liners. The felt tip is loaded with an inky black fluid that glides on easily, thanks to the flexible tip. It also manages to give you a very accomplished looking thick or thin wing, depending on how you apply it -which, considering how poor I am at application, is quite the feat.
The Lash Curler – Shu Uemura
I’d never actually tried Shu Uemura‘s infamous eyelash curlers, which for a beauty writer is pretty much sacrilege. Once again, I was committed to my Eyekos and didn’t quite know how their velvet handles could be bettered. The answer was quickly clear, once I’d tried Shu’s super lightweight lash curlers. In comparison, their grip is more a light caress, which is always nice. Mine were the rather special Choupette for Shu Uemura pair that I was gushing about last week and I have to say a big thank you to Karl and his cat, because these are a dream to use.
Shu Uemura, Shupette Limited Edition Eyelash Curler, £20, Space NK