Have a butchers at this stunning beauty editorial featured in the October/November 12 issue of Blackhair (plug, plug). I just love the juxtaposition of the model’s cocoa tone against the fire engine red lips. It definitely makes me wanna reach for my collection of reds. Credits are as follows:
Photography: Richard Barr
Make up: Joy Adenuga
Styling (wraps and accessories): Bumi Thomas
Model spotted wearing shocking pink lippy at Nicole Fahri’s SS12 show
You know the first thing that crossed my mind when I woke up this morning? Where on earth should I migrate to. As much as I love living in London, it’s days like today (you know, the wind, rain, dark clouds… IN SUMMER) that make me think I’m doing myself a disservice by living in these depressing conditions, because I’m a sunshine girl at heart. When I first caught wind of the neon and pastel trends that were set to dominate this summer, you wouldn’t believe how super excited this 80s kid got. I’ve been holding out to wear my Morange shade from M.A.C since the start of summer, but it seems like I’ll just have to be content with wearing against a backdrop of grey.
I’ve written a piece on the trend for the next issue of Blackhair. A lot of black women shy away from brightly coloured lipsticks and tend to stick to fail-safe colours of plums and browns, but brights are so complimentary to dark skin tones. Some of my favourite brands who are repping this trend are Bobbi Brown who released their Neons & Nudes collection earlier this year. M.A.C are renowned for their show-stopping, dramatic colours so along with the aforementioned Morange shade (which is a deeply pigmented orange), there are a whole host of other neon colours. But probably my favourite brand for the neon trend is blackUp.
blackUp’s take on the neon trend
I’ve fallen in love with their fuschia shade. It’s bright but not too loud, so you can wear it during the daytime as well vamp up your look at night. Another great thing about it is it’s staying power. I wore it to Afro Hair & Beauty Live and only had to top up after devouring a plate of salmon and rice and peas.
Me wearing my fuschia lippy posing with former Top Model of Colour Nana Afua-Antwi.
If you’re still not convinced that bright is right, take the advice of acclaimed makeup artist and Blackhair contributor, Joy Adenuga who says, “If you’re not totally sure about the neon trend, go for a lip stain which is a softer more subtle version of a lipstick. Or yet still, buy your neon lipstick of choice but tone it down a bit by getting a piece of tissue and blotting your lips twice”. Great advice. However you decide to do it, have fun with it!
As if I haven’t reminded you enough, but the June/July issue of Blackhair magazine is out now folks! One of my favourite layouts is this flawless beauty editorial entitled ‘In Living Colour’.Credits are as follows:
Photography: Richard Barr, makeup: Joy Adenuga, hair: Lorraine Dublin