While I’ve spent most of London Fashion Week holed up in bed – cheers for the memories Strep Throat – rather than out and about at shows, I’ve been able to keep up with a lot of the action on Instagram and Twitter and have spent hours stalking all of the various catwalk shows and backstage beauty bits.
One of my favourite beauty looks from LFW SS15 was modelled on the runway during the Topshop Unique show and featured a natural glowing complexion, subtly flushed cheeks and – my favourite element – a smudged burgundy lip which, according to Topshop Beauty Consultant, Hannah Murray was meant to look as though ‘he models had been snogging boys at the bus stop’. Cheeky.
And while I know these looks are technically supposed to predict what we’ll all be wearing come Spring, I feel like this deep burgundy lip is the perfect trend to pick up for Autumn, along with the rosy cheeks which help to create the look of a wind-induced flush that is ideal for the colder months. As soon as the show had come to an end – or the Insta coverage of it at least! – I had a good ole rootle round in my lipstick stash to see what burgundy-esque options I had available and to my surprise came up with a fair few products.
Ideally to recreate this look you want a matte/gloss-free finish lip product which really helps to replicate the smudged, kissed-off appearance. Now I’m not a huge fan of matte finish lip products – no matter how hard I try I feel like they just dry out my lips – but had some really good results with MAC Brick-O-La (£15.50), Estee Lauder Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipstick in Plum Couture (£21) and with the Revlon Lip Butter in Red Velvet and Cherry Tart (£7.99), all of which work really nicely when blended on with a finger rather than straight from the bullet.
If you want something with a bit more of a shine to it, then the Revlon ColorStay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion (£7.99) or the No 7 High Shine Lip Crayon in Berry (£9) are both really good options. Using your finger to blend them down will take away some of the shine and leave you with that ‘smoodged’ effect that worked so well on the Topshop models.
Due to my current sniffly status, I couldn’t bear plonking myself in front of a camera to demonstrate, but as soon as I’m back in action, I’ll pop up some photos of my own attempts, promise promise. Until then, I leave you in the capable hands of Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn…