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Trend to try: Perfect plum

Trend to try: Perfect plum

After a summer full of pinks, coral, and fuchsias, it’s time for a trend update.

Whether it be plum, wine or burgundy hues, dark red make-up is both flattering and wearable. And with all the big cosmetics brands offering great tones for nails, lips and eyes, there’s no better time to give this edgy colour a whirl.


Perhaps the easiest way to try the trend is through a cool burgundy-tinged manicure. Working well with fall’s dusky palettes, there are many fashion-forward hues to try at the moment. Get some serious attention with Leighton Denny’s Rebellious Heart from the new Roaring 20s range, a deep Bordeaux red. While Nails inc has some great dark red nail polishes in their Gel Effect range, such as Kensington High Street, a deep wine-red with high shine. Apply two coats for a plumped up, salon-style glossy finish.


Dark reds work on all skin tones and are a great medium between red and pink lipsticks. And the colour also makes teeth look nice and white! Those with fair complexions should look for shades which have a plum base in order to get a beautiful contrast with the skin. NARS Semi Matte Lipstick in Scarlet Empress is a velvety purple-red which goes on with a pretty matte finish.

While people with warmer skin tones should look to try a rich colour with a brown base, such as Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick in Divine Wine, which delivers vibrant pigment while feeling lightweight. But one of the most coveted burgundies has to be Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Night Crimson, a rich red-based burgundy with smooth formulation, which makes it well worth the splurge!


Drop those boring beige eyeshadows and mix-up your eye make-up with a pretty sweep of plum.

A dash of deep red can instantly open up the eyes, though it’s best to stick with one shade and keep the rest of your make-up minimal. Try MAC Eye Shadow in Cranberry, a red-plum with pink shimmer, or branch out with ColourPop’s Drift, a berry hue with a pearlised finish, which really makes eyes pop.

It takes a couple of layers over eye primer to impart a full colour payoff, but can also be used with a light hand for a subtle shine. Finish the look by rimming the lower lashline with a touch of brown eye pencil and lashings of black mascara.

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