THE EXPERT: Lou Dartford Picks Her Favourite Organic Make-Up Summer Brights

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When Summer arrives so does the impulse for everything bright! This summer it is bright lips, from hot pink to neon coral – a sure-fire way to brighten and update your look.

LouiseDartford01Punchy brights feel fresh and look gorgeous with a summer tan but are equally good on paler complexions.  Team with lashings of mascara and a flick or a smudge of liner for definition around the eyes.  Keep skin radiant and glowing for a just-been-on-holiday effect. Here are some of my favourites to get the look……

Be bold with ILIA’s Neon Angel, the perfect fuchsia pink to make a statement.  Apply with a brush for a sharp finish or with your finger for more of a softer stain; this is a great way to get used to wearing colour. Expert Tip: For smooth application, prepare lips with ILIA Balmy Nights Lip Exfoliator. If you like more of a matte finish, blot well between coats and try dusting some powder over your lips through a thin piece of tissue.

ILIA’s new Karma Chameleon Lipstick Pencil is a fiery coral that will enliven skin instantly.  Simply use the pencil to fill in your lips, rub together and you’re good to go: the easiest way to refresh your summer wardrobe. Expert Tip: Anything with more orange undertones will help to bring out blue eyes.

Sacred, a bright rosy red from RMS BEAUTY, is a great addition to any make-up bag.  Apply with your fingers for an easy flash of pink or use a brush to build the colour intensity to a more vivid hue – you choose how bright you go. Expert Tip:  Rosy, pink tones is a very youthful colour that will lift any skin tone. Try a little bit of this as a cream blusher.


A little colour shy? Try the W3LL PEOPLE Nudist Lip Balm in No 8 for a more sheer poppy pink. Apply straight from the tube for a subtle wash of colour while nourishing lips at the same time. For those who prefer orange hues, try INIKA’s Peach Lip Whip or ILIA’s Shell Shock or the best selling summer colour, Smile from RMS Beauty. A gloss allows you to play with colour without leaving your comfort zone, you don’t even need a mirror for touch-ups.  Use your finger to apply whenever you like.

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Lou Dartford will be instore June 29th for Summer Makeovers. Book your spot now! Phone 020 3075 1006.