The Winter Dark Red Lip

So it’s that time of the year again. The sun starts going down at about 3.30pm so instead of a day-to-night look I could probably get away with just wearing a night look from breakfast.

My most recent inspiration is the recent Louis Vuitton campaign with Michelle Williams (*drool*). Unfortunately, even a frantic search yielded no results on what lipstick Stephane Marais used on the shoot but I’ve got a couple that hopefully come close.

(Image from WWD website)

dark-red-lip-topshop-velvet-0The newest kid on the matte liquid lipstick block is Topshop with their Velvet Lips range. At £10 it’s pricier than Rimmel Apocalips but at least it does feel like the quality is better. Velveteen Ribbon worn sheerly is a medium-dark red and can get to quite a dark blood-red with more layers.

Most mattes are drying on me (except the Givenchy Le Rouge formula which must be made of magic) and this is no exception – I can actually feel a tightening of the product on my lips as it dries.

You can find Topshop Velvet Lips in store, online and as part of Cult Beauty’s Get the Look “The Damned” Collection.


Here it is swatched with some of my other dark reds – my favourites being Chanel Dragon, NARS Mascate and DIOR Diorling.


(L-R): Chanel Dragon, Topshop Velvet Lips in Velveteen Ribbon, Hourglass Liquid Lipstick in Icon, Hourglass Femme Rouge in Icon, NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Majella, NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Mascate, DIOR Diorific lipstick in Diorling


Pixiwoo at Liberty’s Brushes with Greatness event


Sam and Nic from Pixiwoo were recently at Liberty London’s Brushes with Greatness event.  I managed to catch the end of Sam’s look by Nic and was lucky enough to get a good view of Sam doing a look on Nic.

The ladies looked gorgeous in person and were so friendly, natural and dynamic.  Nic had a great sense of humour and reminded me of the banter I have with my own sisters.

I only caught the end of Sam’s look by Nic but here are some of the products used from what I can remember!

Smoky Eye Look (on Sam by Nic)

  • Bobbi Brown foundation
  • Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow

Zig Zag Liner Eye Look (on Nic by Sam)

  • Bobbi Brown stick foundation (2 shades to contour)
  • Bobbi Brown corrector concealer
  • Hourglass brow sculpting pencil
  • Chantecaille bronzer
  • Trish McEvoy eyeshadow palette
  • Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner
  • Hourglass Femme Rouge Opaque liquid lipstick in Icon

They had a cameraman capturing all the tutorials so I assume they’ll be posting them online soon!

Click here For Sam and Nic’s Top 5 Beauty picks from Liberty London