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Colour Rules

Colour is dominating the beauty space, and its future is bright. With blurred lips at Erdem, electro eyes at Peter Pilotto and graphic liner at Missoni, the Autumn/Winter 2018 runways were peppered with pops of colour. From wearable pastel liner and coloured mascara to more experimental dual-toned lips and electro-bright eyeshadow, make-up artist Jessica Taylor shares her tips on how to take colour from runway to real life.

  • Make-up novices and beauty junkies alike can channel colour in a bright, bold lip. If a classic red lip is your bag, "use a lip pencil all over, followed by a matte lipstick, blot with tissue and use a fluffy brush to set with translucent powder for long-lasting colour", suggests Jessica. Or, if you’re ready to switch-up the everyday, "recreate a double-colour lip with super-matte, long-lasting lipstick formulas and ensure they are fully dry before letting lips touch." The two shades will blur together with wear, but that's part of the fun.

  • Colour Rules - Lips Victoria Beckham top
  • Colour Rules - Lips Emilia Wickstead top; Isabel Marant earrings
  • "Creating a colour look doesn’t have to mean an entirely colourful face – pick one feature and have fun."
    Jessica Taylor
Colour Rules - skin Joseph tee; Loewe earrings

The golden rule for any colour look? "Keep your base simple so the beauty is in the colour," says Jessica. "Adding texture to the skin with balms and highlights, alongside natural fluffy brows, pave the way for a pop of colour that will ensure you look cool, not caked."

Start with a glowing, radiant base, adding a touch of colour to the cheeks: "Lightly buff a liquid foundation like Giorgio Armani’s Luminous Silk over areas that need coverage," says Jessica. "Then tap Bobbi Brown pot rouge onto cheeks and emphasise dewiness with La Mer Renewal Oil."

Colour Rules - blush Isabel Marant Earring

With pink powders aplenty, playing with blush placement is a fun way to experiment with complexion colour. Jessica suggests taking a vibrant pink high onto the cheekbones and up into the eye socket for a contemporary look.

Jazz up classic black mascara by dotting Dior’s bright Diorshow Pump’N’Volume mascara onto the ends of lashes or the central section of the lower lashes – or go all out by sweeping over a thin layer of black. Purple brings out blue eyes while pink looks pretty on brown.

  • Colour Rules - eyes Victoria Beckham top
  • Colour Rules - eyes Burberry coat
  • "Being playful and daring with colour can really make the eyes pop."

"Dior’s Diorshow Onstage Liner is my secret weapon for vibrant eyes," says Jessica. Playing with one colour works for everyday wear, or for a more avant-garde look, feather different coloured strokes across the lid. The lemon-yellow eye trend is one that’s dominating our beauty Instagram feed; pay homage to the flattering, summery shade with a striking line of Dior’s Matte Yellow liner, or opt for a subtle wash, using Huda Beauty’s Coral Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette.

Sometimes, though, the simple things can be the most effective. For a super-contemporary experimental colour hit, think Missoni-inspired graphic liner with a striking pigment and mis-matched swatches in eyelid creases. When it comes to colour, there are infinite possibilities.

Colour Rules - colour Theory top; Joseph jacket
  • Photographer Jesse Jenkins
  • Make-Up Jessica Taylor
  • Hair Hiroshi Matsushita
  • Nails Pebbles Aikens @ The Wall Group
  • Beauty Editor Olivia de Courcy
  • Fashion Editor Jack Reid
  • Fashion Assistant Chloe Stewart
  • Producer Kim Reddish
  • Models Katia André @ Elite; Kathia Mailys @ Models 1