French Kiss Image by: Alvaro Goveia
French beauty sits somewhere between effortless nonchalance and focused care, but at its core, it's about celebrating you as you are. When it comes to lip colour, there are two camps: Vive-la-revolution reds and Bardot come-hither nudes.
From left: Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Breathless, $32, thebay.com. L'Oreal Paris Infallible Lip Paints in Nude Star, $13, lorealparis.ca. Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink in Loyalist, $12, maybelline.ca. Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip in Honey Bare, $35, bobbibrown.ca. Beautycounter Sheer Lipstick in Twig, $38, beautycounter.com. Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolour in Seduction, $11.50, revlon.ca. Image by: Geoffrey Ross
Brigitte Bardot might be best remembered for the black feline flicks she scrawled on her lash lines, but it’s what she paired them with that made the look less glamour and more carefree: nude lips. Avoid nude colours with grey undertones and opt for shades that are slightly brighter or deeper than your skin tone.
Editor's pick: L'Oreal Paris Infallible Lip Paints in Nude Star, $13, lorealparis.ca.
An office favourite, this soft neutral is a beautiful (and super-wearable) beige-rose hue that's nonsetting, so it won't dry out your lips while bestowing them with a nonsticky shine.
Red my lips
From left: Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipstick in Mary, $27, lisewatier.com. Nars Audacious Lipstick in Shirley, $40, sephora.ca. Marcelle Rouge Xpression Velvet Gel Lipstick in Red Carpet, $12, marcelle.com. Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in The Red, $16, sephora.ca. Lancôme Color Design Sensational Effects Lipcolor in Front Page, $30, lancome.ca. CoverGirl Melting Pout Lipstick in Tan-Gel-O, $11, walmart.ca.
Worldwide, red lipstick is the little black dress of a woman’s cosmetics bag: classic, chic and versatile. What makes it French is how you wear it. “Red lipstick is a fashion accessory,” says Cusson. “We won’t wear any other makeup with it except dewy skin and messy hair.” For a modern finish and texture, skip shimmer—any reflection should come from the moisture in the lip colour.
Editor's pick: Lancome Color Design Sensational Effects Lipcolor in Front Page, $30, lancome.ca.
This lipstick gives full fade-free colour in a tempting shade that’s comfortable to wear all day.