Want to incorporate this season's runway hot red shades into your makeup routine?Willamspromakeup correspondent Melissa Hanes takes a look at the latest products straight from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Red is undoubtedly one of those colours that suits everybody. As a model, when I think about incorporating red into my makeup routine, it’s usually for a night out or a glamorous photo shoot. Pin up makeup is one of my favourite styles for photo shoots, thick winged eyeliner, red lipstick and red nails: It’s an all-time classic look that has stood the test of time.
If you are going to use a red lipstick, one of the most important steps that should not be missed is, lip liner. It can save you from smudging and bleeding disasters, which for both runway and the camera, is not a good look!
I received a sample bag from Sydney’s MBFW including a Savoir Faire red lip liner and an AYU red nail polish. Of course, I expected a high calibre of products! Most of the brands were up and coming, for instance Savoir Faire has a limited range of products at a luxury price tag as I found out from their website. AYU’s nail polishes were also hard to find online to compare price point and product range. Here is my verdict:
Lining the lips
Red can be a hard colour to use and mistakes are seen easily, particularly on the lips. I picked up this red lip liner from the sample bag, by Savoir Faire Cosmetics in red shade 08. And with no question, it lines the lips perfectly.
Unlike creamy liners, the dry texture when applying assures you that it won’t budge all day. Dry lip liners take a little getting used to, since they are not as smooth to apply as creamy ones. But you will definitely see the long lasting effect it has on your lips. To give you a better idea and comparison, MAC’s Spice lip liner is very similar in pigment and texture, but a much drier version. Or if you are on a budget, you can pick up a creamy lip liner in almost any shade from Essence for $2. Crazy, right?
If you are looking at using a lip liner to use as an entire base, you might want to use a creamier consistency, as dry pencils don’t apply easily on wet lips. Which is why Savoir Faire delivers on lining the lips perfectly.
I love matching my makeup with my nails, red lips and red nails are classy! This polish by AYU Perl’ Lacquer is quite impressive for a brand I have never heard of. I applied my first coat, I was expecting a see through or washed out red, which is pretty normal for most nail polishes, but to my surprise, one coat, looked like applied two coats! So, out of habit I still applied a second coat, and the beautiful red got more intense and rich in colour.
The polish is enriched with pearl protein and pearl powder which protects your nails and makes me feel a little bit fancy. It also has a gel like consistency and dry time is up there with the rest, although I was disappointed when I noticed after one day of wearing the polish it began to chip. However, that’s easily avoided by using a strong top coat. In saying that, I would highly recommend this nail polish for photo shoots as it has almost full opacity from one coat, dries quickly and has incredible shine.
If you are a girl on the go, and need a polish to last a few days at school or work, (or at survive typing all day) you might want to try something a little longer lasting like OPI or a toxin-free alternative like Intensae. But all in all AYU’s polish is a quality product and you won’t be disappointed.
Front image from MBFW Sydney 2014
Model: Grady Wulff, Chadwick Models