Beauty How To: The Perfect Red Lip

We caught up with the make-up maestro herself, Bobbi Brown, and asked her some of our most pressing beauty questions.

What’s the trick to finding the perfect shade of red lip colour to suit your skin tone?

Red lipstick is as staple and an easy way to make your everyday look festive for the holidays. Despite what you may think, the red lip look is easy to achieve and very wearable. Think about your style and the statement you want to make with red lipstick. In other words, find a red lipstick shade that you’re comfortable wearing.

To choose the most flattering red lipstick, it’s important to use the natural colour of your lips as a guide when choosing a lipstick shade. If your lips have more of a bluish tint then I suggest using a deeper red like Creamy Matte Lip Color in Red Carpet and if your lips have an orange tint then I recommend choosing a brighter red like Creamy Matte Lip Color in Jenna. Also, when choosing a red lipstick pick the one that looks good on your face when you are wearing absolutely no makeup. This is the magic colour that will make your skin, hair and eyes look their best.


Left to right: Tom Ford Lip Color in Cherry Lush; Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color in Imperial Red; EstĂ©e Lauder Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick in Drop Dead Red; Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer in Ruby Pop.

Everything you need to know about Zadig & Voltaire

The cool kids of Parisian fashion, Zadig & Voltaire, have made their Kiwi debut, arriving in two covetable bottles: This is Her! and This is Him! We caught up with Giona Zen, the international marketing director Zadig & Voltaire Parfums, on his recent trip to New Zealand to find out all about the fragrances and the fashion.

The brand was named after a French icon

According to Zen, Zadig & Voltaire pays homage to French philosopher and writer, Voltaire. “Zadig was one of Voltaire’s characters. He was a revolutionary, he was all for telling people to be themselves. Zadig and Voltaire captures this same free spirit and individuality,” he explains.

Fashion is in the blood

When Zadig & Voltaire’s founder, Thierry Gillier, launched the brand almost twenty years ago, it probably came as little surprise to his family: Gillier is the grandson of  Andre Gillier, the co-founder of iconic French fashion house, Lacoste.”Gillier grew up in a textile family,” says Zen. “He moved to New York and attended Parsons School of Design.”

Zadig & Voltaire synonymous with cool 

Ever wondered how Parisians always manage to look so cool? A wardrobe full of Zadig & Voltaire may have something to do with it. “When you wear the clothes, you feel cool, but it’s an easy cool” says Zen. “They say that a Zadig woman and a Zadig man are effortless,” he explains. Think subtle detailing, a touch of leather, ripped denim, and slouchy tees.

The fragrances are addictive

While we won’t be able to get our hands on the rock ‘n’ roll-inspired garments without hopping in a plane, a spritz of This is Her! and This is Him! are destined to have the same effect. The team behind the fragrant duo turned to short formulas and exquisite raw materials to create the scents. “We wanted to create two addictive fragrances,” says Zen. Bot feminine and masculine scents sit atop enchanting sandalwood base notes, while creamy notes of chestnut and vanilla in This is Her! and smoky incense and vanilla in This is Him! make the pair hard to resist.

Zadig & Voltaire This is Her and This is Him are available nationwide now. You can click here to enter to win an incredible Zadig & Voltaire prize pack. 




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