Deeply lippy

Edel Coffey puts the world of hair and beauty to rights with tips for autumn/winter that even the most lackadaisical of us should be able to pull off. Now that’s something to celebrate.

If you haven’t yet heard of the HBO television show Girls, you will. The show has taken America by storm and it’s hitting screens here in September.

It’s the Judd Apatow-produced drama about four 20-something girls trying to make their way in New York.

Think Sex And The City for the hipster generation. It deals with everything from weight to sex, to abortion, to interning all with a killer soundtrack. But that’s just the show itself.

More importantly, the show’s four main stars — Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams — have officially become my main inspiration for autumn/winter beauty. Their fresh-faced beauty and free-flowing, healthy hair are the looks I’ll be trying to emulate this season.

The look is all about keeping it natural but with an edgy twist and the focus is always on the lips. Any shade of this coming season’s berry lipsticks will do. Start with the skin and keep it simple but flawless.

The low-key low-maintenance look is carried through to eyes, with little or no make-up — clear or bare lashes (or tinted if you want to cheat) are offset with striking lips. And here’s where you can let your imagination run riot.

Berry shades are big in the forthcoming autumn/winter collections. I’m particularly loving Burberry’s new shade, Sepia Pink.

It’s dark enough to add a really striking lip but warmly pink enough to still be pretty. If you only buy one lipstick this autumn, this is it.

A common problem with bold lip colour is making it last. Marks and Spencer’s Ultimate Wear Long-Lasting Lipstick in Blossom (€13) stays put and Lancôme’s Rouge in Love (€25) comes in 24 shades but I recommend Violette Coquette for this look.

This lipstick has a lighter texture but with really true pigments that last. If you’re a fan of colour but are afraid of the bolder shades try Clinique’s chubby stick moisturising lip colour balm in Voluptuous Violet (€19) or Rouge d’Armani Sheers by Armani (€26) in Bitten, Tulipe Noire or Black Laquer.

The last thing you want is for this look to be too perfect so keep it casual like the girls from Girls by blotting lips and then wiping your finger gently around your lip line to ‘blur’ the edge. Alternatively, you could always just get someone to kiss you!


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