Kitty Blackadder

A Scottish blog about making art, too much eyeshadow and becoming a grown up.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Summer to Autumn Transitional Lip Shades

Here in Scotland the time has definitely come to admit defeat, pack away the denim shorts and try on some stylish thermals. The season is changing rapidly whether we'd like it to or not. I prefer Autumn/Winter without a doubt (less spiders and wasps about.) But even so, between now and Spring - which usually hits Scotland in freaking late April - it is a long stretch to be wearing scarves, plum shades and boots. So how to stretch out the last of Summer as much as possible? Why, by creating a 'transitional season' wardrobe and makeup look for yourself - here's my picks for the lip colours that will bridge that gap for you:

The 'bring on the berry' shade - Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in Lollipop 
Not quite ready to trade in the hot pinks of Summer; then this lip shade has you covered. One sweep over lips and it's a sheer, bold, playful pink, but, build it up and you'll be able to wear it as a much stronger, berry toned pink - and, the lip butters are super kind to your lips. Win, win, win.
The 'is it OK to start wearing dark red lips yet?' shade - Revlon ColorBurst Lip Laquer in Enticing
I'm a bit timid with bold lips as I don't like drawing attention to my teeth, but even I am in love with this colour. This is a dark, almost brown toned red that's very vintage and very stylish at the same time, but, this also works if you've still got a bit of a tan kicking about (you lucky thing!) because it's glossy and a bit sheer - not too much on a sunkissed face in other words.

The 'not too wintery purple' purple shade - The Body Shop Colour Shine in 05
I love a purple lip, I really do, but I do tend to reserve my truly plummy shades for Autumn/Winter. This is a fantastic blue toned purple, that again, is a little sheer, so it's not too harsh and, with the shimmery finish, if the weather 'has a moment' and decides to be sunny again, you won't look at all out of place wearing this.

The Glossy FInish - Bourjois Shine Edition in Rose xoxo
Many of us, I think, wear a little less makeup in Summer. Sun happens and it makes freckles appear and skin glow, and so we worry a little less about our skin looking like skin and our lips looking picture perfect. Gloss is great for Summer; something light an flattering to aid in the ;'I just woke up like this' look. For those of you looking to stretch out that Summer lip look I recommend the Shine Edition Lipsticks from Bourjois, these have a glossy finish but pack a bit of a stain of colour underneath - the perfect combo.
The 'more than a nude' nude shade - Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in 04 Rose Tweed
Nude lips are my friends, we huddle around a tiny table in the backyard and drink imaginary tea and gossip incessantly... well, not quite, but nude lips are kinda my thang. That being said, I find this a difficult time to wear them  as I'm not in full 'winter grunge eye makeup look' mode yet, but at the same time, I'm struggling with watching what precious colour there was in my skin drain away and I feel like I need a hit of colour to stop the person sitting next to me on the bus checking my pulse. So, why I like this nude is that it's pretty dark for a nude. It's pretty much a fleshy/nude tone mixed with a dusky pink - so it's still work friendly and minimalist enough for my tastes, but it is strong enough to add a pop of colour (which is oh so very much needed) 
Swatches, left to right: Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop, Revlon ColorBurst Lip Laquer in Enticing, The Body Shop in 05, Bourjois Shine Edition in Rose xoxo, Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in 04 Rose Tweed.


  1. I love all the sheer berry shades, as I always love the idea of a dark plum lip but it can be a bit daunting actually going through with it straight away! x

    Beauty with charm

    1. Yup, I hear ya! I mean, I love sheer lips at the best of times, but I think this time of year is where they really come into their own!
      Thanks for reading,

  2. I really don't want to think about getting rid of my summer shades they suit my skintone - but I do need to get out my stash for autumn, it should be fun. I have Revlon lollipop in there somewhere too :) xx

    1. Lol, I'm kind of the opposite way round from you; in Spring I get sad about saying goodbye to all the winter shades as I feel they suit my skin better!
      Thanks for reading!


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