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Find the perfect lipstick shade for you

{Above, L-R} Sin, Oona, Coco, Gem, Femme, Rouge, Belle Nude

Ooooooooh…. puuuuuurrrrrrrrrdy. Julie Hewett is our brand of the week (for those who haven’t been paying attention – consider yourself scolded), and we are so besotted with her exquisite {lipsticks} that we’ve put together this guide to help you meet your perfect match. There are three shades to flatter all skin tones – Rouge (classic, movie star red), Nude (a 60s, mauve/rose neutral with shimmering golden flecks) and Oona (a sheer, cherry tint) – so everyone should own all three (consider them the white shirt, jeans and t-shirt of your make up wardrobe – timeless classics you’ll keep coming back to). Then things begin to get a bit more complex (but not really, it’s not physics). For the fair of face, Julie recommends the following shades from both her ‘Noir‘ and ‘Bijou‘ collections: Edie (a pale pink/nude), Femme (a vibrant blue/red), Celeste (a tropical peachy/coral) and Nude. Medium skin tones should wear Rouge, Jacqueline (a blue-toned ‘Barbie’ fuchsia), Biba (a coral/nude) and Oona. Those blessed with olive tones should opt for Coco (a vampy, Greta Garbo shade), Kiki (‘Let’s have a kiki, I wanna have a kiki, lock the doooooors tight’ – otherwise known as a mauve/peony) and Thandie (a glimmering rosy red – created specifically for its beautiful namesake, Ms. Newton). And dark skinned ladies should venture into more daring territory with Sin (deep, 1920s aubergine), Simone (a peachy, 60s nude), Scarlett (traffic-stopping, hot pink) and Belle (a bright, orange/red).

Now, go forth and paint the town red (and pink and peach and nude and berry…)


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…