Coral lips … they’re not just for Ita and Nanas

Nikki Parkinson Beauty 14 Comments

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m generally a gloss kind of girl. But I’m slowly coming round to this whole lipstick caper.  Nail the right colour and in two minutes you have THE easiest … and cheapest style statement.

In summer, I went through a pink phase. Now it’s all about coral.

Which is JUST crazy because up until Napoleon Perdis’ Kaitlin McMahon mixed a little Pro Palette concealer with DeVine Goddess Harmonia and deftly applied it to my lips at last month’s Brisbane Beauty Blogger Event, I had coral lips filed away under Nanas and Ita Buttrose.

How wrong could I be?

Coral is so NOW.  Well, it’s not quite as now as bright orange but I’m a lady of a certain age and just can’t go there.  While orange lips may enter a room before you do, coral lips will at least get you noticed at first glance.  And that’s enough for me.

They work on brunettes, they work on redheads and they work on blondes.

Coral lips on celebrities: Fergie, Marcia Cross, January Jones

Celebrity coral lips: Fergie, Marcia Cross, January Jones

All good lip work – regardless of the colour you’re applying – needs a little prep.  Especially if you’re going to be wearing a matte lip colour.  You want those lips to be super smooth and nourished.  Cannot go past the new Ella Bache Great Lipsaver 30+ ($19) at the moment.  With key ingredients of lanolin, mango butter and shea butter, lips are treated like royalty every time you apply. I slick some on 15 minutes before applying lip colour and it works to plump the lips and even out some of those lovely little lines that have taken up residence around my mouth. (I’ve told them to move on but they’re just not listening)

Ella Bache Great Lipsaver 30+ Sheer Tint $19

Ella Bache Great Lipsaver 30+ Sheer Tint $19

… and so let the coral colour fun begin

My coral coloured lipstick wardrobe.  Which one shall I choose today?

My coral coloured lipstick wardrobe. Which one shall I choose today?

Each of the lip colours above brings its own personality to the coral lip colour table.  Some offer more opaque finishes; others are sheer.  Some offer more durability.  Others need a fresh application before you’ve finished your first drink.  What works for me may not work for you.  The key here – and with buying any new makeup products – is to play around.  Hang around makeup counters till you find your perfect match.  It’s SO worth the effort.

5 coral lip colours

A coral lip for every day of the working week

As you can see, there’s not a whole lot of difference in colour between the five I’ve currently got on rotation.  The differences are subtle but they are definitely there.

The gloss girl in me reaches for Bloom’s Wanderlust for an easy fix.  Love the stickability of this gloss and it’s mandarin and vanilla scent.  For everyday,  it’s just as easy to apply Bloom’s Peach lipstick or Ciccone Cosmetics’ Oceanus – both offer a lip colour with a soft sheer texture that it feels like just the right kind of balance between gloss and lip colour.

But if I’m really wanting to pack a coral punch – and I’m in for the long haul – then it has to be Estee Lauder’s Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipstick in Wild Coral or Napoleon Perdis’ DeVine Goddess in Harmonia.

And if I had to play favourites, it’s Harmonia that wins lips down.  She’s a beautiful match for me and my skin tone.  And boy, oh boy, does she have staying power.  I’d be lying though if I didn’t admit to sneaking on a little gloss as well.  You know, just in the middle of the bottom lip.  For old time’s sake.

So, what do you reckon, Stylers?  Are you up for joining me in the coral lipstick playground?

Comments 14

  1. Nah … don’t care how fashionable it is, coral lips are not for me. My fave lippy of the mo is Natio Lip Glow (No. 5) … it really does make my lips “glow”!

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  2. Love the Harmonia on you. This may well be the nudge I need to consider lipstick again. I’m a gloss girl… but I find it wears off really quickly. Hate that.

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  3. I’m with you Nikki,normally a gloss girl (even if I get that far – I’m more an eyes girl to be perfectly honest) but once again I’m inspired to rock on down to Napoleon and try some colour!

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  4. I’m a gloss girl 99.9% of the time. If I do put on lipstick I dabble with pale pinks but coral is pretty much the only shade I’ll wear.

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