The easiest way to heat up your beauty look in the colder months? With a red-hot lip, of course! I work with a lot of clients who feel at their most beautiful with a red lip, but equally a lot of people could never imagine themselves feeling comfortable with such a statement colour. But when it comes to this time of year, there’s no better way to brighten up the bleak British winter than with a bold lip.
If you fall into the category of those who feel uncomfortable with such a statement look, how can you tap into the trend? I always recommend trying a subtle stain if you’re new to a bold lip. Opt for a sheer, brown- toned red that will work well for day or night. But if you’re brave enough, a full-on red is always great for nights out, and (despite what you may think) really does suit everyone. I’ve designed a collection of six classic reds for French beauty house Les Bouches Rouges, ranging from hot flame-orange red to barely-there burnt auburn, which is great for day. I love hand-selecting colours I think will work for friends and making a present of extra special beauty products.
Another top tip to pull off the bold lip trend is to make sure your skin is amazing. I know this is easier said than done, but there are plenty of things you can do that will help. Work out as often as you can, use great skincare and be sure to eat fresh, seasonal food that you prepare from scratch yourself. In winter, skin becomes dull, so you need to include lots of fresh seasonal vegetables that help to brighten the skin. My red cabbage salad recipe (you’ll find it in my book, Eat Beautiful) is amazing and easy enough for anyone to make, even if you don’t cook (I promise!).
As a general rule, anything with a naturally vibrant colour – think pumpkin, kale, red cabbage – are all good ingredients to help brighten the skin and keep it looking its best at this time of year.
Read Wendy's column in the New Year issue of Health Magazine