I look best with a bit of color on my lips, at least medium contrast, but I have to admit I'm really liking the fresh, natural look coming out of the Spring/Summer makeup collections and runways. It was a very long snowy winter in the Northeast, and now that days are creeping up out of the 30s, I am dying to lighten up my makeup after many months of greys and deep berries.
But first, I was really struck by the still-wintry burgundy lips:
It's really quite pretty but also severe and cold. The first model is quite stunning, and the second has a retro look reminiscent of a Jazz Age flappers. The models look older than they probably are, probably due to their dramatic makeup, especially the girl on the right--she could pass for mid 30s.
Compare that with the more natural looks found on the Spring/Summer runways for Hermes, Chanel, Celine, Chloe, etc. Luminous skin, groomed brows, chocolate and bronze eyes (taupe!), a bit of glow (highlighter or a bronzer with a sheen), flushed cheeks, natural glossy lips, and curled lashes (so you can skip mascara):
I love the above polished looks, which translate well to the office.
But those of us who like bold lips that accompany a more subtle overall look need not despair:
What lipstick style will you go for this summer?