Get the Look – Natural Beauty meets the Power Pout

So far for Spring Summer 15, there’s been a lot to love. Christopher Kane’s bare faced beauty and Givenchy’s mega wing are both ideal for the day, with the Balmain slick-back and Tom Ford’s sexpot bringing the glamour for the night.

As it’s only June, I think it may be a little premature for beachy waves and sun-kissed skin; we’re kind of in that no man’s land of unpredicatble lashings of rain, with a little humidity thrown in for good measure. I’ve always believed that the rule of highlighting one facial feature, was made to broken, but this Summer nothing looks fresher, than a ‘natural’ face and a strong lip.

The trick to keeping the look modern, is going for dewy skin and matte or semi matte lips. Dolce & Gabbana and No.21 both opted for a blotted bruised berry, . New-Yorkers Zac Posen and Carolina Herrera went for a chalky coral, and  Missoni, Burberry and Topshop all took on the classic red.

It’s a pretty simple look to master, low maintenance and high impact. All you need is a lipliner, matte lipstick and a good base.

Get the Look

To achieve that perfect no make-up make up look, preparation is key. I’m still loving Chanel’s Hydra Beauty Serum , which is super hydrating and light. After you’ve applied a good moisturiser- the new day cream from Lloyd’s Pharmacy is a winner- a primer is all you need- try Smashbox or Laura Mercier.

Dab a little concealer under eyes- M.A.C’s Mineralize Concealer (£15.30, John Lewis) provides medium coverage and glides on to cover imperfections with a swish of its wand.

Smashbox BB cream

If you really want to keep skin fresh and dewy looking, then a BB or CC Cream, is ideal. Smashbox’s CC Cream (£29, Bootswas my saviour last summer, and their BB cream (£27, Boots) is just as good if not better. The lightweight formula disappears almost immediately, lightly covering your dodgy bits without actually changing your face.

Next give your brows some bulk, with a brow kit. RMK (£25, Lookfantastic), Bobbi Brown and Collection all have winning compacts that range form the very reasonable £2.99 to the slightly steeper £25.

Smashbox always sharp

Line lips with Smashbox’s Always Sharp lip liner which is- you guessed it-always sharp, thanks to a concealed sharpener within the lid. This handbag necessity comes in 12 shades, priced at £15, lasts all day and thanks to its always pin-sharp tip, always ensures precise application.

Last but not least, you need a good matte lippie and Nars and Tom Ford never disappoint. I’ve been dabbling between Tom Ford’s Ruby Rush (£37, Selfridges) and Nars’ Terre de Feu (£20, Nars), which never disappoint.

If you’re after something with a little sheen, try Clinique’s Pop Colour and Primer (£16, Clinique), which primes lips whilst giving them a shot of colour.


Jamila x

Clinique Pop Lip
Clinique Pop Lip


Fashion Journalist and Beauty Blogger from London

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