Wine coloured lips inspired by Grazia magazine

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It’s the season for rich, burgundy lips – there’s no doubt that this look is perfect for winter! blogger network member Kate, from Kate Louise Blogs was inspired by an article in a recent edition of to give the red wine coloured lip look a go!

Grazia Wine coloured FOTD

Deep berry and wine colours are always a winner when it comes to Autumn/Winter makeup looks, and I’m always excited to wear lipsticks from this colour palette after a summer of nudes and brights. I already have a couple of fairly tame, wearable berry shades, but this year I’ve been toying with the idea of something a little more dramatic. When I saw the feature ‘Make Mine a Wine (Lip)’ in a recent issue of Grazia, it gave me the push to finally give it a try.

The article suggested a few lipsticks that would be perfect for the look, and one in particular stood out to me - Rimmel The Only 1 in Under My Spell. It was only £6.99, so I decided to treat myself. Since a lip pencil is pretty much essential when applying a lipstick this dark, I was in the market for one of those as well. Standing at the Rimmel counter in my local Boots with the lipstick in my hand, I was pleased to see an Exaggerate lip liner in the same shade, with the same name. I already knew that these were great liners (I own the much-hyped EastEnd Snob, along with everyone else in the world), so I snapped that up too.

Grazia Wine Coloured Lip Products Close Up

Rimmel’s The Only 1 range is only about a month old and this was the first time I’d tried one of the lipsticks. I have to say, I’m really impressed. The creamy formula, smooth application and lasting power rivals a lot of high end lip products I own – some of which cost three times the price. The shade Under My Spell is also beautiful – a sophisticated, deep pinky plum. I’m not crazy about the strangely shaped lid, but when the lipstick inside is this good, I’m prepared to overlook it!

Grazia Swatches of Wine Coloured Lip Products

Top – Lip Liner, Bottom - Lipstick

So with my new lip products at the ready, I turned back to the Grazia feature for tips on how to wear the look. I love it when magazines do this. Makeup, as much as I love it, is definitely not my strong point, so professional help when it comes to putting looks together is pretty much my favourite thing ever. In fact, I personally find magazines more helpful than YouTube tutorials for this sort of thing. I love watching tutorials, don’t get me wrong, but there’s definitely something to be said for having the magazine in front of you as you attempt to paint your own face, kind of like an instruction manual! (Did I mention I’m not great at makeup?!)

The first tip was to use the lip liner to slightly overdraw your lips, as darker lipsticks can give the illusion that your mouth is thinner than it really is. While I don’t think there’s a product in the world that could make my lower lip look thin, I took the advice on board as far as my upper lip was concerned, and overdrew that, just a tiny bit.

As the lips are obviously quite dramatic with this look, Grazia also recommended keeping everything else nice and simple, especially with the skin, which is something I wouldn’t have thought of on my own. I already had an idea that it would be best to do very little with my eyes, but it hadn’t occurred to me to skip the bronzer. I followed the advice, and it worked beautifully. Pale skin against dark lips looks more striking and more delicate, somehow. I applied just a small amount of mid-pink blusher to the apples of my cheeks to avoid looking too washed out, but that was it, and I loved the finished result.

Grazia Wine coloured FOTD smiling

On my face:

  • Base – Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Cool Bone, Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in Fair, Rimmel Stay Matte powder in Peach Glow
  • Eyes – Benefit Brow Zings brow kit in dark, Collection #yourstyleyourmood eyeshadow palette (I used a creamy colour over the lid and a warm brown in the crease), L’Oreal Super Liner, YSL Luxurious Mascara for False Lash Effect
  • Blusher – Estee Lauder Signature Silky Powder Blush in Nude Rose
  • Lips – Rimmel The Only 1 lipstick in Under My Spell, Rimmel Exaggerate lip liner in Under My Spell

Will you be rocking wine coloured lips this season?

Kate x

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