Happy New Year! And while I get my beauty hat buzzing again, here’re some pretty lovely polishes and lipsticks for your per-oooh-sal – they’re all from the new Spring collections which will be in the shops over the coming weeks. Each of these colours look fabulous this time of year – the deep tawny browns, reds, steel greys and a bit of gold.
Clockwise from top:
Estée Lauder Pure Colour Nail Lacquer in 24 (£14) Wild Storm and 04 Berry Desire. The first is deep grey with a bit of shimmer – dead on trend right now as you’ll have seen from my Dior blog a few weeks ago. A strong, stark look that’s not for everyone, but it is devilishly chic – so too, the berry. Wear two coats for maximum impact. Available March.
Paul & Joe Nail Enamel in 008 Sunshine (£10) – pretty layered on top of a deep colour – lifts them, looks a little more lighthearted, less stark. Or try two coats over a bare nail – gives a golden lustre that’s more flattering than some of the more orange-y versions, especially now when we’re all are feeling a little pale and wan. This is from their Parasol Collection – desperately pretty especially the lipsticks and with the most adorable names that conjure up jugs of lemonade on the verandah on an Edwardian Mediterranean. Chantilly, Alfresco, Dapple… All out now at Fenwicks and Harrods.
Lancôme French Touch Absolu Lipstick in 312 Ohaa (£23) – odd name but this is lovely. Not just its neat, compact, discreetly expensive looking tube, but its cherry colour which looks rich and lustrous on. It’d work well on a slightly cooler skin tone because it’s got blue in it but if you like the sound of it anyway, give it a try at the counter see how it looks. Available Jan 9th.
Estée Lauder Sumptuous Extreme in Extreme Brown – (£19). Bronze-brown volumising mascara – fabulous as an alternative to black. Try it after smudging soft brown shadow over your lids and under your lower lash line. The effect will be softer than you’re used to if you swear by black, but it’s gently glamorous. It would work particularly well if you have a bit of red to your hair colour.
Chantecaille Hydra Chic Lipstick in Willow – (£27). This has made it firmly into my make-up bag. It is a warm, rich, tawny brown colour without too much orange to it, so works well with my slightly yellow sometimes a bit purple, in-between-y, pale skin. Available soon from Space NK.
Burberry Lip Cover in Nutmeg (£22). This is a more orange version of the above so would work well on a redhead. And on a warmer skin tone, whatever your hair colour. It featured in the Burberry shows this Spring so is a hottie in terms of ‘look’ for the season ahead.