From vinyl to velvet, Chanel make-up artist Ninni Nummela creates lip textures to match your outfits this party season
These opulent Coke-label red lips pair perfectly with this season’s metallic party dresses. Flecks of shimmer amp up the gloss effect while the shine lights up the entire face. “Create an intense base with a matte lip crayon, then layer the gloss on top like an opaque lip colour to add more depth,” explains Chanel make-up artist Ninni Nummela. “Always use a lip liner to keep gloss from bleeding.”
Step 1: Layer Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet No5 onto lips to create a bold, opaque base.
Step 2: Outline lips with Stila Stay All Day Lip Liner in Pinot Noir to seal.
Step 3: Generously apply Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss in Flaming Lips until they’re saturated.
Step 4: Place a finger just inside your lips and pull it out to prevent excess gloss transferring onto teeth
High-shine lips can have the same impact as walking into a room in this season’s must-have Ellery vinyl trench. But be aware, they can be high-maintenance. “Use a matte crayon first to lock the gloss on, so it doesn’t transfer or slide around,” advises Nummela.
Step 1: Line and fill lips with Buxom’s Plumpline Lip Liner in InfraRed.Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in InfraRed
Step 2: Mix the orange and red shades from Chanel’s La Palette Caractère on the back of your hand.
Step 3: Apply the custom shade you’ve created onto lips with a brush.
Step 4: Slick on Glossier’s Lip Gloss.
Step 5: Paint nails with two coats of Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Gris Obscur.
Sequins, crystals, glitter… embellishment is the ultimate festive fashion statement so mirror it with your lipstick. “Apply a base colour in your chosen shade of glitter,” says Nummela. “Then gently dab a square brush coated with glitter onto your lips, gradually building the coverage.”
Step 1: Use Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Lip Definer in Vamp to shape the lip line.
Step 2: Fill in the empty space with Tom Ford’s Lip Colour in Violet Fatale.
Step 3: Apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Glitter Adhesive sparingly, then pat on Eco Glitter Fun Amethyst Purple Biodegradable Glitter.
Step 4: Wrap tape (sticky side out) around your finger and tap around lips to pick up stray glitter.
Step 5: Paint nails with two coats of OPI Nail Lacquer in An Affair In Red Square, then Barry M’s Nail Paint in Ruby Slippers.
Softer than a bright red, this rosy velvet texture provides contrast to your new Halpern sequinned top. Layers of matte powder eyeshadow provide intensity and neutralise the shine, but apply them slowly to avoid the colour falling onto your chin. “Prep with lots of matte lip balm to counteract any dryness,” recommends Nummela.
Step 1: Prep lips with Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Collagen Cushion.
Step 2: Line and fill lips with Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres Lip Definer in Fuchsia.
Step 3: Paint lips with Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour in Euphorie and blot with a tissue.
Step 4: Dust the bright pink shade from Huda Beauty’s Electric Obsessions Palette over lips to boost the shade.
Step 5: Make everything matte with Chanel’s Poudre Universelle Libre Pressed Powder.
However you wear fashion’s most subversive fabric, match your lips by playing with tactile leather looks. “The slightly rubberised texture and gradient of plum shades adds edge to a standard lip look,” explains Nummela. “Smudge the lip line with your finger, then dust a fuchsia eyeshadow on top to diffuse any harsh lines.”
Step 1: Create an even base with Sleek’s Vitality Fresh Foundation.
Step 2: Apply Nars’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned onto the centre of lips.
Step 3: Smudge it towards the lip line with a finger, then layer and repeat with Chanel Rouge Allure Ink in Dark Purple until it’s blurred to perfection.
Step 4: Take a fluffy eyeshadow brush and dust Bobbi Brown’s Blush in Peony over the lips.
Step 5: Soften the edges by lightly buffing them with a cotton bud.
Image credits: Photography by Mark Cant, products courtesy of brands. Beauty Direction: Anita Bhagwandas, Photography Direction: Tom Gormer, Model: Nayara Santos De Oliveira at Established Models, Nails: Ami Streets at LMC Worldwide, Make-up Assistant: Shauna Taggart, Stylist: Sophie Dearden, Bookings & Production: Christie Phedon