We saw candy apple red lips all over the SS16 catwalks – from Dolce & Gabbana to Topshop Unique. Last week, we showed you how to recreate the look (scroll down to watch our video tutorial) and this week, we’ve asked four top beauty bloggers to give us their verdict on the trend and to show you how they’d rock it. Here’s how they got on...
“A bright red lippy is a classic shade that I always have in my make-up bag so I’m a big fan of the candy apple red lips trend! I usually only wear this sort of look for a night out or for a special occasion, but this time, I thought I’d try it for a casual day out instead.
“The SS16 catwalks kept the rest of the facial features toned down with natural-looking makeup, which makes the look more wearable. I used a bright red lippy as well as a little gloss to add shine and kept my brows subtly groomed, with a little bronzer on my cheeks and one coat of black mascara.
“This candy apple red shade is flattering for a whole spectrum of skin tones, but anyone with naturally dark lips might need to pick a richly pigmented lipstick to see true colour pay-off. Generally speaking, red lippies with burnt-orange tones work well for medium or olive skin tones, whilst those with burgundy tones complement darker skin most – but go with whatever feels comfortable!“
"A red lip is an absolute favourite of mine – it perks up my face no matter how tired I feel. Candy apple red lips are such a fresh way to wear a classic lip, especially when paired with groomed brows and a simple eye look to make the colour really pop.
“One of the top trends I spotted when backstage at the SS16 shows was a really neatly defined lip line, paired with relaxed hair and a glowing, natural skin finish. Keeping everything else really natural and relaxed helps the lips to really make an impact.
“To make sure the colour you apply is true to the colour in the bullet, it's a good idea to tone down your own natural lip colour first with concealer or a touch of foundation. If a full red pout is a little too bold for you, you can always start with a red-tinted lip balm or gloss and work up to the fully fledged candy apple pout when you feel totally confident with it."
“I love this look, but the problem I have with pulling it off is that I have, what I like to call, ‘small lip syndrome’ – think very thin lips and a small mouth! A really bright red lippy can make your lips appear even smaller, so I have adapted this trend to suit me more by applying a slightly lighter shade of red.
“If you have thin lips and want to try a brighter red lip, a top tip I have is to dot a lighter shade of red lipstick on the centre of the bottom lip – this adds depth and gives the illusion of a plumped up pout! You can also use a lip liner to outline your lips first, applying it slightly over your natural lip line, which makes the lips appear fuller.
"I’m so happy to see that the ‘no make-up’ make-up trend has died down, and the candy red lip trend is coming through again! A pretty red lip can brighten up your complexion and give you that day-to-night look in a simple slick of colour.”
“Personally, I tend to wear a red lip in the evening and lean towards matte formulations. I like to let my lips do the talking – so to speak! – and keep all other aspects of my make-up fairly simple.
“I think the secret to wearing a red lip, along with confidence, is a little prep-work. Unlike a nude lip colour, red is less forgiving to smudges and smears, so you want to make sure it doesn’t budge. I find the best approach is to gently exfoliate the lips with a lip scrub, then pop on a slick of lip balm ten minutes before applying the lippy.
“I also always use a lip liner to prevent the colour bleeding off the edges and apply the lipstick with a lip brush for seriously sharp edges. It’s also a good idea to blot or dust the lips with translucent powder in between coats, to give the look real staying power.”