At Blush we often look to the catwalk for inspiration, but what with the no make-up make-up and berry lips we’ve seen for Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter, things have been getting a little samey of late. So I asked Blush contributor Annie, to road test this season’s most radical look and brave Prada’s gold lips. Here’s how she got on.
I’m all for appearance-related experimentation (see: pink hair, untamed eyebrows). In fact, things most people find frightening, I’ve become desensitised to completely. It’s a rare thing for a beauty trend to strike me as challenging. Which is probably why the gold lips worn in Prada’s SS16 show so appealed to me. This isn’t a twist on a classic, or something just slightly off beat. This is a look far from minimal and natural, so non-pretty as to be actually very pretty. It’s almost puzzling to look at: “if those are lips, why do they look like liquid metal?” FUN!
They were created by personal icon Pat McGrath, probably using her amazing and painfully exclusive gold pigment. I, obviously, don’t own that, but I rifled around to find an equivalent, and I did, in the amazing L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshaow line up: this one called 027 Goldmine. These eyeshadows are the best cheaper brands have to offer and like all good things, they must come to an end. They’re nearly impossible to find in store, but I got Goldmine from eBay, new and packaged, for under £3.
Goldmine is a pressed pigment, like a loose eyeshadow clumped together. It feels like a cream and a powder at the same time, which is confusing but it’s fine, don’t worry about what it is – just enjoy it. This creaminess, combined with the highly shiny finish, stops it looking too much like powder on the lips. Powdery lips are not attractive, not even in the avant-garde-Pat-McGrath sense.
To apply, I first swiped it on like a lip balm with my finger. This got the bulk of the colour I wanted in place – these eyeshadows apply best with a finger, possibly for a science reason that I don’t know. Then, in one corner of the pan I added a singular eye drop. This wets the shadow, making it like watercolour paint – even smoother and more pigmented. I mixed the wet cream with my Real Techniques Detailer Brush – the only lip brush you really need, and you probably already own it. I used this to sharpen up the outline of my lips, and to make the gold even more golden.
I also think I could tone this down for less of a jarring effect. Tapping a bit of the gold in the center of the lips over a shiny pink gloss would nod to McGrath without looking quite so robotic or self-consciously “fashun.”
So, what do you think? I either like it or definitely don’t. I think this shade of gold might be too close to my skin shade, and would look better on darker skintones. And perhaps a deeper, less pastel-ly gold would wash me out less. But flatteringness is not the point of this look, nor should it be. At the club or a party, I think I probably would wear this. Why not? Yolo or something. One thing I can confidently say is that the Goldmine eyeshadow is, indeed, a goldmine. Top marks as ever, Infallible Eyeshadows.