I'm a self-confessed beauty geek! I started my career on the shop floor, and am now the global in-house trainer at La Perla Beauty, sharing my expertise across fragrance, makeup and skincare.
Buying a lipstick only to discover that it’s virtually the same as all the others in your makeup bag when you get home! It helps to take your favourite shades with you when shopping to look at different textures and tones, and ensure you’re not doubling up. This way you can build a lip wardrobe that has a shade for your every occasion and mood. There truly is something for everyone across all skin tones within our red lipstick shades, and the intensely pigmented formula means you can make a statement in just one sweep.
With confidence, you can wear any shade of lipstick that makes you feel good, but knowing your skin's undertone is a useful starting point. If you burn in the sun, you most likely have cool-toned skin; and if you tan, you are probably warm-toned. Look at the veins on your wrists – do they look blue/purple or green? Cooler skin tones will show blue or purple, while warmer skin tones will show green, and a combination of both identifies a more neutral undertone. The word "nude" will mean something different to everyone but, as a rule, your perfect nude should be similar to your own lip colour – rich nude tones will look great on deeper complexions, while those with fairer skin should select a nude lip based on their natural lip colour and avoid lighter tones, which can give a washed-out look.
For me, what I love about the La Perla Lips collection is, in fact, the whole range. As a self-confessed red lip addict, with this range, I no longer have to make the choice between luxury and sustainability. It's so reassuring that La Perla Beauty follows both sustainable and ethical codes of practice, supported by certifications from organisations such as PETA and Positive Luxury. Then, of course, the fact that these lipsticks are refillable is such a benefit to the environment, and to the purse. I love my makeup to look and feel glamorous, so the luxury packaging with its reassuring magnetic click fits this perfectly.
The word "iconic" is used a lot, but there's simply no better way to describe the quintessence of feminine makeup: red lipstick. Given it's a colour synonymous with passion and energy, it's no wonder we can rely on it for an instant boost. But beyond its ability to make us feel self-assured and sensual is a history that is laced with power and strength. Red lipstick's impact on women, and the world, goes beyond beauty.
Ever since the suffragettes wore it in their fight for the vote in the early 20th century, red lips have been a symbol of women's independence and rebellion – of women supporting women. Nude lips came to the fore in the 1960s. A matte texture pale pink, peach or nude lipstick was the trend for the younger fashion-conscious woman. It was a complete departure from the classic red shades of past decades. The youthful and rebellious mood of makeup trends during this time was both innovative and captivating. The 90s saw a strong re-emergence of the nude lip after the bright colours of the 70s and power-dressing of the 80s. Nudes in this period ranged from pale peaches to deep mauves, which were often heavily lined with a shade darker than the lipstick – a trend we are seeing in today's 90s revival!
Our products are designed to be treasured, so our quick and easy refills mean your first lipstick becomes the only one you need. Simply push into your original treasured tube until you hear a click. The light rose gold tube is engraved with a lace pattern in a nod to La Perla's lingerie history. After use, the magnetic cap stays firmly in place, protecting your lipstick until you're ready to apply again.