Thursday, 17 March 2011

Neon Kisses - Boots Spring Make-up Trends

As soon as I delved into my copy of Stylist on the train on Wednesday morning, I got quite excited about the Boots Spring Beauty Trends event I was going to at the Charlotte Street Hotel that night. The front cover beamed the mantra 'Happiness is ... A pair of very bright lips', and as a lipstick junkie, I couldn't agree more.

Bright, bold lips were seen all over the Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter 2011 catwalks, from Jil Sanders' punchy pink (pictured above) to Fendi's brilliant orange, lips were the main beauty focus. I predicted I'd see lots of this trend at the Boots event, and I wasn't disappointed. As soon as I walked in I found the 'Casual Glamour' look that was all about making a bright pink lip work day-to-day.

As well as a detailed step-by-step guide and a list of the products you'd need, there were also make-up artists on hand to help out if someone was unsure how to wear a new style, or if anyone needed to shake things up for S/S.

While I'm by no means a newbie when it comes to bold lips (I'm an addict when it comes to my Illamasqua 'Ignite' lipstick that I first tried at an asos bloggers event), but I do tend to stick to red. So I was thrilled to find a *bright* pink lipstick in my goody bag last night.

The 17 Lasting Fix Lipstick in Power Pink (which is only £4.29) is fantastic. It goes on smoothly, doesn't feather (even without lip liner), isn't drying, doesn't flake and stays on even after eating and drinking (!) I am very impressed. My only gripe is that the packaging is a bit nondescript and I'm a sucker for beautiful looking lipstick, but I would definitely recommend this lipstick.

While this picture doesn't quite do justice to how bright this shade is, you can at least see the really good coverage. I like to wear bold lips with minimal make-up, so today I'm wearing mineral make-up by Lily Lolo in Blondie, Coralista blusher by Benefit (only apply a tiny amount), 17 Va Va Voom mascara in black and CID I-line in black.

If you've never tried a 'bold lip' look, now is the time. But I will warn you, it's seriously addictive!



  1. Wow you look AWESOME! I have tried the bright neon lip colour before, but that was when I was a teen just messing about with make up. I'm usually very minimal when it comes to make up, especially when it comes to lips. I'd rather play up eyes than lips. But the last few seasons, with the red lip, the nude lip, and now the neon lip.. I've been very tempted to try my hand at it. Only, I haven't been very successful finding the right red or nude... so I'm skeptical as to whether I'll find the perfect neon! We shall see :) Have a great weekend!!

  2. Thanks Biaa! It is tough to find the right shade, but so worth it when you do! Bright lips instantly make you look 'done'. Cx


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