Summer! As IF we’re going to get one of those. The seasons aren’t playing ball at the moment so I don’t see why we should stick to ‘beauty rules’ either. Much as I would love to be sporting a coral lip on a gleaming bronzed face right now, my skin isn’t playing ball so while I’m still experimenting with sunless tanners, I’ve decided to wear whatever lipstick I feel like – even if it’s more usually associated with the dark winter months.
There’s something a little bit cool and subversive about wearing a wine-dark purple or red lip in summertime – it makes me think of Drew Barrymore and Melissa Auf der Maur, Courtney Love and Fairuza Balk.
I love that sullen, pouty, ‘90s style of dark brown or berry lipstick standing out against chalky skin with sharp, wicked little eyebrows on top (ok, maybe we won’t do the eyebrows bit – it’s taken me months, MONTHS I tell you to grow these babies back).
Think of those long, hot summer holidays when you were at school when the bad girls sloped around in grungy, gothic garb, regardless of the temperature, purple sneer always in place, Cemetry Gates playing loudly on their Sony Walkman, ignoring the haters in their stifling small towns. These lipstick shades evoke that spirit for me and it’s fun to play around with them today to see what effect they have.
Of course to make this look strictly accurate I should be wearing a floral print slip dress with bare legs and DMs. Hahahahahaha. Are you mad? It’s cold. Anyway, to achieve the pallid complexion of someone who’s spent an entire summer sitting in their bedroom listening to Pretty on the Inside on repeat, I used MAC’s Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation.
After curling my lashes, I drew a fine line of Rimmel Precision Micro Eyeliner along the top lashes, then added a couple of coats of their Retro Glam mascara. I strengthened my brows with the trusty old Rimmel eyebrow pencil (I swear I don't have shares in Rimmel, I just love their stuff and always have.)
I’d already prepped my lips with Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour cream so they were soft and moisturised and then I used DuWop’s Private Red which is the closest lipstick shade I can find to Rimmel’s legendary Heather Shimmer (THE shade of the mid ‘90s).
Taking it darker, I blotted the Private Red and added By Terry's lipstick in Carnal Attraction (crikey), smudging it in with my finger to soften the effect and make it less glossy and more ‘undone’. The combination of the two colours made a lovely rich plum.
To make it look properly 'now' you'd probably want to choose a really matte lipstick, but these were the ones I had lying around and I prefer lips to look ever so slightly glossy and rich anyway, so here's my sullen summer lip - what do you think?
Do you wear whatever make-up you feel like regardless of the season or do you switch it when the weather turns? Are dark lips in summer the coolest thing ever or is it just me?