50 Shades of Red

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Forget Grey…Lets talk about Red!

And who better to inspire us to rock a red lip this season than gorgeous Australian supermodel Samantha Harris. Those lips!

As the seasons change and the temperature begins to drop, why not brighten up your day with the perfect shade of red. There’s no doubt that bold lips are trending in a big way, and nothing else makes a statement quite like a great red lipstick. The best part is that red lippys come in a gazillion different shades so there’s definitely plenty of choice when it comes to finding your perfect match.

How to find your perfect match?

Reds can be a little tricky, not all shades will suit everyone. The key is knowing what shades will best suit your skin tone. If you know you usually suit warm colours and have a warm skin tone, chances are you’ll look great in a coral red, burnished deep copper red and any red with an orangey or warm base. If you usually suit cool colours and think you have a cool skin tone you’d probably look great in a bright rich red or a pinky red, or even a deep purpley red…  Anything with a cool or blue colour base. I know anything too brown or too orange based doesn’t really suit me, whilst a rich blue based red will flatter my skin tone and make my blue eyes really stand out. And I love the look of orangey/coral reds but they just seem to drain away from my skin tone and look unflattering, but on other people with a warm skin tone it looks amazing.

You may need to experiment and work out what looks best, once you work out exactly what tones suit you when you do wear them they’ll look great, your eyes will sparkle and your skin will glow.

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Lip Maintenance

It might sound strange but when you wear lipstick regularly, especially bright colours, you need to make sure you do regular lip maintenance. There’s nothing worse than bright lipstick caked on cracked dry lips, or red lipstick smeared on your teeth or seeping onto the skin around your mouth. With these simple tips you can keep your lipstick looking fab!

  • Make sure you keep a lip balm with you at all times, if your lips begin to feel dry dab a tiny amount over your lipstick.
  • If you do get cracked dry lips, apply loads of lip balm or paw paw ointment onto clean lips and gently scrub with an old toothbrush, this will exfoliate off all the dead skin and leave your lips full, plump and lipstick ready!
  • Keep a small compact mirror in your handbag so you can neatly do touch ups during the day or after you’ve been eating and drinking. It’s never a good idea to apply red lippy without a mirror!
  • Buy a good quality lipstick. Whether or not your lipstick will smudge easily or seep onto the skin around your mouth, largely depends on the product. Opt for a lipstick that feels comfy to wear, is easy to manage and wears well.

SAM WORESeafolly Shimmer Slide Bikini ‘Hibiscus’

ModelCo Shimmer Airbrush Illuminiser

ModelCo Fibre Lash Mascara

ModelCo Party Proof Lipstick ‘Purple Sangria’ and ‘After Hours’

Triangl ‘Lulu Tahiti Tango’ bikini top

Photography: Thom Kerr
Styling: Lydia-Jane Saunders
Beauty: Bonnie Gillies @ Oz Beauty Expert using ModelCo Cosmetics
Hair: Iggy using Kerastase
Styling Assistance: Kathryn Blom
Model: Samantha Harris @ Chic