WITH Christmas comes the colour red — and what better way to celebrate the festive colour than by perking up your make-up.
Our experts give their top tips on how to nail this season’s hottest colour to save you feeling red-faced.
- NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Brights Liner in Fire, £5.50
- B. Cosmetics Lip & Cheek Tint in Just A Kiss, £6.99
- Marc Jacobs O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara in Garnet, £22
- Sara Hill Sadie Doll Lipstick, £18
- Mac Retro Matte Lipcolour in Feels So Grand, £17.50
- Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow in Daemon, £17
- Orly Breathable Treatment + Color in Love My Nails, £12
- Stila Stay All Day Lip Liner in Pinot Noir, £13.50
- Nars Blush in Exhibit A, £24
Getty – Contributor Red can be worn everywhere from your lips to eyes
“When it comes to eyes, add deep-red liner to the top and bottom waterline for a look that’s definitely more vamp than ‘Oops, I’ve had an allergic reaction!’”
Debbie Finnegan, Mac senior artist
“Always powder around the edge of your lips before you begin perfecting a red pout to prevent your liner from bleeding. Apply liner to the Cupid’s bow first – this is what gives strength to the
shape. Then pencil the corners before joining the top and bottom and filling the whole lip with liner for an even base. Apply a coat of your favourite red lippy on top.”
Anna Priadka, Nars global artist
Getty – Contributor Too much red is not a good look so keep it subtle before adding more where needed
“For a professional-looking red nail, apply polish with the smoothest of strokes so the pigment doesn’t separate and the colour won’t look too sheer. Bold red always looks best with a glass-like shine, so finish with a glossy topcoat.”
Thea Lacey, Orly brand manager
“Red mascara is a great way to play with colour without going too full-on. Pair with a tiny dab of eye gloss and keep your skin natural and clean.”
Nilofar Mussa, Illamasqua head of artistry
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ASK BEAUTY EDITOR LAUREN
I had a mild allergic reaction to hair dye a few years ago and it’s left me petrified to try colour again. Is there a safe way for me to revive my dull hair without the rash risk? Hayley, Essex
You can develop a reaction to hair dye at any time – even if you’ve coloured your hair previously.
That’s why it’s so important to do a patch test every time, at home or at a salon. If you’ve had a reaction, avoid dyeing your hair again soon after because a rash could turn into swelling or even breathing difficulties.
But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with boring one-colour hair forever – take a cue from reality stars, who use extensions to switch up their shade.
Great Lengths extensions, available at salons nationwide, add length, thickness and highlights – minus the bleach – so you can go multi-tonal without causing any damage.
Prices start at around £120, and they last 3-6 months.
But if you feel that extensions aren’t for you, visit your local salon for professional advice on colouring your hair.
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