Blush Tests – Dior’s Dark Lip

Hey guys, did you hear that in Autumn it’s a really cool and interesting idea to wear a dark lip? You heard it here first, OK?

OK, I know, this is a boring idea and not exactly groundbreaking beauty journalism, but the Dior runway look made me feel excited about a dark lip for Fall, for the first time in living memory. This was, I admit, a clichéd dark lip, but it was more than that, it’s a youthful, flirty goth take on the ‘trend’, that we just had to test.

The Inspiration:


 I wanted to laugh in the face of autumnal skin by making my mug glow like the moon. To achieve this, I first applied a generous two pumps of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl,or Topaz (depending on your complexion) as a primer.

On top I used my most expensive base product (possibly most expensive makeup product) in the world: the Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint. It’s absolutely brilliant. I’m sorry, but it is. Applied with fingers it gives luminous, smooth, plump, baby face, with an added bonus of basically full coverage. (Don’t shoot the messenger.)

I contoured with a hidden gem in the form of the L’Oreal Infallible Sculpt. It’s creamy, blends easily and is the best cool toned colour I’ve found at the for a budget. I skipped highlight and added a light, glowy blush in the form of Makeup Geek’s Blush Pan in Secret Admirer. I wanted something tonally similar to the lipstick, but girly and dainty to contrast the meanness of the mouth. I also put a light layer of this blush on my eyelids, just to add a hint of lilac glow.

For brows, I used Benefit Gimme Brow, to add a hint of definition and hold. What makes the look so useful is definitely the lashes. And in this instance, go as clumpy as you can. Sounds wrong, but looks so right. I used about three layers of the Jordana Best Lash Extreme on both top and bottom lashes. Clumps of individual lashes would also look great.

At Dior, some of the girls look like they had pure plum, matte lip, whist others were glossier and more ombréd. The ombré gloss was the look which spoke to me more, so that’s what I went for. To achieve the true deep plum look, I’d recommend the Sephora Lip Stain in Polished Purple, or Chanel’s Rouge Allure gloss in Distinction, on it’s own.

To create the glossy plum, I first lined lips with the Sephora Cream Lip Stain and a lip brush. You want this to be as precise as possible. Then, all over lips, apply the Revlon Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion, a warmer, wine coloured purple which adds an all over gloss, or Serge Lutens Lip Gloss in Chardon, for a super simple ombre. 

To achieve the slick hair of the runway, I brushed my crown with a boar bristle brush and added loads of hairspray, like Redken’s Quick Dry 18. I then fastened in a low ponytail at the nape of my neck.

Dior’s AW16 just goes to show that a dark lip for fall can be unexpected. All it takes is ten layers of mascara and a little lilac blush.

Annie  x

Virgin Atlantic


Fashion Journalist and Beauty Blogger from London

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