I don’t know whether it’s my lob, the Rihanna cover or the fact that not every day I want my lips to scream “I’ve made an effort” but I am obsessed with the new nude lip. Unlike it’s predecessor, the new nude is creamier and all together a lot less beige – I really wasn’t feeling that powdery white nude of the late noughties (which like patent nude platforms, just scream cheap.)
Thankfully I’m on point.
This Summer is all about the Seventies: flares, suede skirts and peasant blouses; but what prevails above all, is the insouciance of the Seventies woman. Cool, sweet, sexy and knowing it. The key to achieving the sex appeal of the flower power age is all about the hair and the make-up; or apparent lack thereof.
Skin needs to be primed and prepped to perfection, hair tousled and lips nude. You’re probably bored to death with me banging on about Tom Ford’s lipsticks– which, I think, are the best around- so I thought I’d add a few more to the mix.
Joining Tom Ford in the hydration stakes is Bobbi Brown’s Creamy lip colour, enriched with shea butter. The creamy formula leaves lips soft and looking luscious, but with a slight sheen. The pigment is rich and the packaging is sleek and grown up- perfect for whipping out whenever needed.
Bobbi Brown, Creamy lip colour in pure beige, £17.55 at John Lewis
Nars can really do no wrong with me and this is another winner. This is another lipstick with a healthy looking sheen and creamy composition. It lasts for absolutely ages, which is fantastic- as if you want to look like you’re not wearing much make-up it’s helpful to not have to keep applying it. I actually tried the Deborah which is a really dark – almost brown- nude which I absolutely adore and is great for dark complexions; or if you’re going for grown-up glamazon vibe. For fairer complexions, I’d recommend Racquel (pictured) which is also divine.
When it comes to budget beauty there really is no longer a need for L’Oreal or Rimmel -apart from their kohl pencil liner which is a budget classic- with Topshop about. Their lipsticks are amazing and they’re always upping their shade quota and perfecting the formulas. Secretary is a great no fuss nude for those on a budget; Or those wanting to stock up on a couple of shades. Their lipsticks are surprisingly hydrating and long-lasting, which for £8 is kind of a no brainer.
Topshop, Lips in Secretary, £8, Topshop