Beauty Edit   S/S ’23

By Jo Phillips

As we slowly shed off layers of knits and coats and bid a temporary goodbye to the grey days of winter, it is the perfect time of the year to bring brightness into our world and revamp our makeup routines with some long-needed colour. In this seemingly extra long winter, the beauty world has been filled with the 90’s supermodel-inspired smokey look. Well, it is spring now and the shades of red are back and bright and warm as a summer day. Find out more about Beauty Edit S/S 23 here.

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Dating back to 1974, scientists discovered red to be one of the most stimulating colours. In pop culture alone, the power of the colour red is constantly associated with desire, romance, saints and sinners, and even emotions like anger and love. Red is complex and multifaceted, perhaps that is why the colour has become such a cult classic in beauty for centuries. 

The timeless red lip has been a beauty staple in French culture; French beauty is infamous for its effortless balance of looking both undone and fine-tuned. For the cool French girls, imperfections are necessary to complete the look and makeup is used to enhance, not cover. 

In 1924, Gabrielle Chanel released her groundbreaking red lipstick formula. The texture was a key factor in their success: a creamy balm with intense coverage, but still comfortable and light to wear. The first shade was a classic red hue based on Gabrielle Chanel’s favourite shade and was encased in an ivory flacon. Then, in 1954, Chanel changed their design into a rectangular tube replicating the iconic Chanel No. 5 bottle. 

If you’re sad, add more lipstick and attack.” 

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As an ode to the classic French girl trifecta of red lips, effortlessly messy fringe, and little-to-no face makeup and Chanel’s ever-present lore in the classic red lip, Chanel Beauty’s Spring Summer collection blurs their effervescent shades of red into a combination of colours rooted in its historical red, moving it forward for new times.

Their new eyeshadow palette, for example, Les 4 Rouges Yeux Et Joues, comes in two shades: a corally Tendresse (pictured above) suitable for during the day, and a darker more seductive Carcatére perfect for a night out in the city.

To accompany the shadow palettes, the brand has also released the Rouge Allure Velvet (pictured above) in 22 shades which include Libre: a soft mauve beige, Légendaire: delicate dusty orange, Rouge Vie: a warm sienna red, and Essentielle: an iconic and bold dusty red. The variety of reds allows for all skin tones to find a perfect match.

And in addition to the lipsticks and Le Vernis nail polish in shades Watermelon and Rouge Cuir, Chanel has also released a new shade of the Baume Essential (pictured above), a blush stick that can be used for pretty much everything, like on your lips and as eyeshadow. The Rogue Frais is their deepest and brightest shade, perfect for that naturally blushy look, essential in the coming summer. 

This season there is a chance to embrace this classic rouge look across the French favourites of beauty from Dior beauty to Givenchy so find your own personal beauty edit for S/S 23

Givenchy’s Le Rouge Sheer Velvet lipsticks (pictured above) provide a range of luxe shades in a semi-matte, luscious finish with reds for all occasions. Housed in a sleek, leather case these treasures are sure to pack that Parisian chic punch.

Swipe on that pop of red over a clean, effortless base created with their Prisme Libre collection, consisting of the Skin-Caring Corrector and Skin-Caring Concealer, and a sparkling Le 9 De Givenchy eye look and you’ll be turning heads.

Guerlain. The Floral Denim collection revives the colours of nature, pairing them with embroidery on denim: a fresh, Parisian look for a colourful summer. 

Ombres G 518 Summer Jean was created by Violette based on the collection’s theme with a bright, vibrant colour palette that fuses denim and nature in satin and metallic finishes. Guerlain is defining the contours of a new-generation complexion with Terracotta Le Teint a liquid foundation, formulated with 95% naturally-derived ingredients. Pairing the lightness and radiance of a powder with the perfection of a foundation. Its 24-hour wear no-transfer formula guarantees a beautiful healthy glow. Rouge G is Guerlain’s jewel lipstick. Ultra-sensory textures are associated with a palette of highly pigmented shades offering an array of effects with exceptional hold as a bonus. Left Dark Cherry right Bright Red

Dior Beauty are always a reliable favourite when it comes to beauty and their new arrivals this season are dripping with glamour.

The 5 Couleurs Couture eyeshadow palette can take you from day to night in a flash with buildable, perfectly coordinated shades in the palm of your hand. And if you want that classic red but with the subtlety and comfort of a lip balm, you can find your fix in the Rouge Dior Coloured Lip Balm. Bring this look together with a clean, crisp manicure using their Dior Vernis nail lacquer.

So, as you store your puffers back in the coatroom and dig out your little black dresses from the back of your closets, move away from the nude lip for a second and put on your favourite red lipstick. It is now spring, after all and if nothing else a red lip goes a long way.

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