Feel like you can predict the fall and winter beauty makeup trends long before the long-legged models strut their stuff down the runway? Well, you’re not alone. Like fashion, beauty trends are cyclical, meaning what goes around tends to come back again every other decade or so. In fact, colour trends follow a very fashionable, season-based schedule. Still, the most important makeup trends to focus on are the colour palettes that never go out of style, and the perennial must-have hues every woman needs—like red. And this season, bold red lipsticks and nail polishes are everywhere.
Red lipstick screams confidence, strength, bravery and an overall powerful woman. Red is considered a winning colour for anyone and everyone who wears it. Naturally, red nails fall under this beauty category, too.
So with the ruby hue dominating this season’s lips and nails, knowing how to rock the glamorous shade in all its bold permutations is paramount. Here’s everything you need to know to make this brilliant fall trend your own.
Believe it or not, there truly is a bold red lipstick for everyone. Blue-based reds like L’Oréal Paris Rouge Signature Lipstick in I Don’t work best with fair skin tones, and orange or pink-based versions like L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lipstick in Matte-ly in Love are ideal on olive-to-medium-toned skin. Deep plum-based red shades perfectly enhance those with dark skin tones. Regardless of which hue best suits you, adding the fiery shade to your lips will turn your look into an instant classic.
Beauty tips: Pairing a strong eye or an overly contoured cheek with a bold red lipstick can often overpower your face, so make sure to play down the rest of your makeup to allow your lips to shine. Skip the lip liner and dab the lipstick on, smoothing it across your mouth with a lip brush for a sheer effect that’s optimum for daytime wear. For a night out, apply the lipstick directly onto your lips in smooth, precise strokes, adding an extra layer or two for colour intensity.
If you typically lean towards pale nail polishes, it’s time to kick things up a notch at the nail salon, or at home with a DIY manicure, because red nails are all the rage and much more versatile than you think. You can pair them with a white T-shirt and jeans just as easily as you can rock them with your LBD for girls’ night out. And your pretty mani doesn’t have to perfectly match your toe nail polish or your lipstick for that matter. So long as each shade of red you’re wearing shares the same undertone colour, you can’t go wrong with playing beauty mix and match. Shades like L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Oil-Infused Nail Polish in Rouge Sauvage are so chic you’ll always stand out from the crowd.
Nail ideas: You can ease into wearing scarlet hues on your fingernails and toenails through nail art. Simply brush a complementary neutral nail polish shade onto all of your nails, leaving your index fingers bare. Then paint your index fingernails with L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Oil-Infused Nail Polish in Rouge Sauvage.
Whether you want this bold fall beauty statement to be coordinated or to highlight your creative side, red lips and tips are a must this season. No shade is ever too bold to wear, so make sure you dare to swipe a little on.