The perfect matte red lip relies on application. “A lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick all over the lip keeps the look matte and holds the colour,” says Jefferyes. “Keep skin minimal and fresh and just curl lashes; you don’t need mascara.”
To find your perfect shade of red, Jeffereys advises pale skin suits blue-based reds, while olive skin tones benefit from orange-tinged reds and deeper shades of ruby.
TRY: DIOR Rouge Dior Couture Colour Refillable Lipstick in 999 Velvet, $59; dior.com.au
TRY: DIOR Dior Contour Lip Liner Pencil Intense Couture Colour in 999, $45; dior.com.au
TRY: DIOR Diorskin Forever Skin Correct, $65; dior.com.au
A metallic lipstick might sound full-on but it’s actually super flattering, gold flecks define lips beautifully. “Define the lips with a pencil before you apply lipstick,” says Jefferyes. This look benefits from some definition on the eyelids using an eyeshadow in the same shade family. “It adds life to the eyes.”
TRY: DIOR Rouge Dior in 886 Enigmatic Velvet, $59; dior.com.au
TRY: DIOR Rouge Blush Couture Colour Long-Wear Powder Blush in 047 Miss, $74; myer.com.au
Why pick just one lipstick when you can choose two? Experimenting with two colours needn’t be reserved only for the truly courageous. Select complementary shades then apply the lighter shade to the area you want to look more full.
“Using two shades is very wearable if you keep the texture the same for both shades,” says Jefferyes. “Lighter shades make things appear bigger, while darker shades will make the lip smaller, so do what works for your lips.”
TRY: DIOR Rouge Dior in 999 Velvet, $59; dior.com.au
TRY: DIOR Rouge Dior in Ambitious Matte, $59; dior.com.au
TRY: DIOR Diorskin Forever Nude Fluid Foundation, $93; dior.com.au
Tone on Tone
Smudgey, taupey tones on lips, eyes and cheeks look beautiful. “Blend in well so it’s seamless,” says Jefferyes, who suggests ditching lip liner and using a small eye brush to blur your lipstick line. Then keep the colour going up to the eyes. “Then use your brush to apply a wash of lipstick over eyelids.”
Looking for a wearable taupe? Dior’s universally loved Icône shade with its velvet finish is a constant sellout.
TRY: DIOR Rouge Dior in 720 Icône Velvet, $59; dior.com.au
TRY: DIOR Diorskin Forever Cushion Powder, $94; dior.com.au
The perfect neutral shade will take you from morning to night. Seek out rosy shades, which suit just about every skin type. “Those with darker skin should look for shades of rose with more depth,” says Jefferyes, who suggests a matte lipstick to keep the look modern. Pair with brushed-up natural brows and a veneer of warm colour over the lids. “Warm brown eyeshadow works well,” says Jefferyes. “Team with curled lashes.”
TRY: DIOR Rouge Dior in 314 Grand Bal Matte, $59; dior.com.au
TRY: DIOR Diorskin Forever Skin Veil Primer SPF20, $82; dior.com.au
Makeup by Linda Jefferyes. Beauty direction by Sally Hunwick. Styling by Naomi Smith. Hair by Koh/Vivien’s Creative. Models: Holly/Chadwick; Cate/Priscillas; Anjali/Priscillas.
This article originally appeared in the April 2021 issue of marie claire.