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How to Refresh Your Look With Rich Plum Lipsticks

By Renée Batchelor

Tung Pham. Styled by Michelle KokClockwise from top left: Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Love Liberty, S$50, Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain Matte Lipstick in 75, S$79 (including case), Gucci Beauty Matte Lipstick in Louisa Red, S$53, Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Deep Orchid, S$59.

The start of a new year is the perfect time to update your wardrobe, and that applies to makeup too. One of the quickest ways is with a change in your typical lipstick hue. Moving away from safer shades like nudes, mauves and even classic reds to a rich plum or eggplant shade in a pigment-saturated, matte finish is a guaranteed way to elevate your look. That’s perhaps how the economic theory of the lipstick effect was first coined — a little luxury like a lipstick is the perfect way to lift the mood without having to over-splurge.

For makeup brand Charlotte Tilbury, built around the expertise of its namesake founder, a celebrity makeup artist, lipstick takes on a glamorous aura. The brand’s Matte Revolution Lipstick has a hydrating formula that leaves lips smooth, and rather than creating a flat effect, it gives your pout that lit-from-within glow. The shade Love Liberty, is a luscious berry with rosy pink undertones that is flattering on a range of skin tones. If you want a clean and precise outline, use a fine, flat-tipped brush to apply concealer around the lip contours.

Gucci Beauty is a new-to-Singapore extension of the luxury brand, and has recently unveiled a collection of matte lipsticks. Lovers of the brand’s retro-chic aesthetic will adore the corrugated gold packaging, which harks back to the ’70s, as well as the richly pigmented and smooth formulas. This lipstick contains a gelling soft wax base that, along with the pigments, creates a pure and vivid finish on the lips. The colour of Louisa Red, is a glorious wine shade with a hint of orchid that instantly dresses up the lips.

For French perfumery and makeup brand, Guerlain, the act of applying lipstick is elevated to an art with the customised cases of its Rouge G de Guerlain collection, that allows the user to select both the outer casing and the colour within the tube. The new Wonder Gold case is an embossed option in a luxuriously solid packaging that comes with a handy flip mirror for ease of application. In a new, matte burgundy shade, No. 75, the lipstick becomes both a decoration as well as a means of decorating the lips.

Makeup artist extraordinaire Pat McGrath is well-regarded for her artistry as well as her innovative work on the runways and in fashion and beauty editorials. Her namesake brand’s creamy MatteTrance lipstick gives lips a veil of saturated colour — each shade is enmeshed in a powder film and blended with pigment for a lightweight but opaque colour. The shade Deep Orchid is a rich plum berry with a vibrant glow that looks beautiful on all skin tones.