Gothic lips are your new power pout
Conker lips are this season’s take on the red power pout. Lips are boldly dark and rebellious with hues of Bordeaux, prune, cherry, burgundy, plum and even black. In a throwback to 1994’s iconic lip and nail colour, Chanel’s Vamp, the gothic lip has made a return with fashion houses such as Rodarte, Dior and Marc Jacobs displaying a version on the catwalk. Models at the fall 2016 Rodarte show wore a Nars shade of aubergine called Train Bleu, while at Bottega Veneta models with super-sleek hair rocked chicory red lips similar to Lipstick Queen’s Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage.
This time round the look is more velvety than matte, and as well as looking stunning, shades also sound good enough to eat, with names like Nori, Liquorice and Bruised Plum. Whether it’s matte or glossy, oversized or neat - justmake sure it’s bold and strong.
While on the catwalk the models all look stunning, in real life, you’ll need a few tips to help recreate the look.
How to create the perfect gothic lip
Dark colours can make lips appear smaller so use a lip liner like MAC’s Lip Liner in Chestnut or Rimmel London’s Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Under My Spell. Line and fill lips and overdraw your mouth along its outside edge to counteract shrinkage. Then apply your chosen shade on top.
MAC’s Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Drama is a deep purple shade that provides a splash of colour in a liquid-suede finish that lingers.
If you want a dramatic black shade, pick one with red or purple undertones to make teeth seem whiter. Chanel Rouge Allure’s Rouge Noir shade is the perfect "black red” with warm undertones and a natural shine.
To create a glossy, Cellophane finish pout, try Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Ricco, and finish with a clear gloss.
For girls who like their pouts almost black and matte, try out Maybelline’s Vivid Matte Liquid in Possessed Plum as seen on Marni’s catwalk. And if you need any encouragement to try the trend, Rihanna has already been seen sporting Dior’s gorgeous hue Poison from its Rouge Dior range, in her advertising campaign for Dior sunglasses.