I love a good old fashioned beauty trend and currently one I’m most intrigued by is the vogue for matching your lipstick to your nail polish, which I suspect might be about to get a new lease of life thanks to MAC’s new range of coordinating products.
I picked up a fuchsia lipstick and nail polish in Embrace Me from the MAC store in New York’s West Village on our trip last week (sooo much cheaper in the US – my stingy soul rejoices!) and vowed to try them together. MAC have launched four matching sets for spring – alongside Embrace Me, there’s a violet, peach and dark pink and you can get a lipstick, nail polish, eye shadow lip pencil and gloss in each.
I've been looking for a new, strong pink lipstick with a blue undertone for ages - ever since my beloved Bourjois one ran out, and this MAC shade is a very strong contender. It's very soft and moisturising and the pigment is intense. The same goes for the polish.
I’ve always admired the grown-up look of the glamorous women of the ‘80s like Joan Collins and pretty much every cold blooded killer of the female variety in Murder She Wrote, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to channel some of their polished style (sadly without the cool clip-on earrings, costume jewellery and jazzy little gloves worn with skirt suits, sigh...)
I had a hunch that the best way to modernise this gloriously ‘80s look was to go matte all over. Powdered skin has replaced dewy as the look to go for this spring so I started by getting my skin all flat and matte with MAC’s Studio Fix powder foundation - I am a total convert to this stuff by the way, it’s embarrassingly easy to apply and takes seconds, I promise.
And because I want to look fresh and edgy for once, rather than a wannabe Bettie Page, I left my liquid eyeliner and kohl pencil on the dresser and simply curled my lashes and gave them one coat of Clinique mascara. Scary naked feeling!
Then the lips: I just put the lipstick on as normal, blotted with a tissue and then smudged it up with my finger so it didn’t look shiny or too precise – I wanted a ‘lived in’ look for a more modern, relaxed feel. And for the nails, after doing all the boring base coat blah blah stuff, if I'd had some of Butter London's clever mattifying topcoat handy, then I would have totally used that to complete the matte effect. Oh and I know it looks slightly messy in the pics - I'll tidy up the edges later, promise!
I like the idea that matching your lipstick and nail polish is one of those slightly under-the-radar things you can do that are easy but make you look more subtly pulled together and ‘on it’ – if you see what I mean. A little like wearing matching underwear – on the rare occasions this actually happens, I know no one else is aware of my coordination, but it does feel very sophisticated and that makes me carry myself with more confidence.
Clearly unless you walk around with your fingers glued to your face (or just talk on the phone a lot), it’s likely no one will notice that your lips and nails are painted in the same shade. But you’ll know, and it’ll feel cool. So try it! In fact, don’t even buy new products if you don’t feel like it – just rummage around in your make-up box until you find a lipstick and a polish that match. And if you go for coral you will have my undying admiration because that colour is hard...