Trial A Trend: The Giles Lip

Joely Walker puts the fluro pink Giles lip to the test

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By Joely Walker

Oh the Giles lip. Since I first laid eyes on you last September backstage at my first full fashion week experience you had me hooked. A super-cool pink lip that despite being a striking Barbie-magenta still managed to look edgy rather than overly girlie? Where do I sign up?

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In the past I’ve always steered clear of this shade in fear that when paired with my blonde hair I’d look like an extra from a Nicki Minaj video. But this lip was different; firstly it was matte – which from the get go gives the look a worn-in, cool feel rather than a glossy finish that would tell a whole different story. The no-mascara eyes added to this carefree feel, plus freshly washed, un-styled hair gave the look an aura of innocence – kind of like when you’re a kid and you reach for the brightest colour in the box to try. Despite my initial thought, I found this fluro-lip looked best on the models with super blonde but I was so taken with it that even my mousy-blonde hair couldn’t deter me.

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To create the lip I used Chanel Lip Definer in Fuschia, £17.50, and patted Bourjois Rouge Edition Lipstick in Rose Neon, £7.99, over the top. The lipstick had a bit of a balmy texture so it was a bit of a long process blotting it and mixing the lipstick and pencil together to get the texture I wanted.

Oh, and I cheated and wore mascara. It’s the one thing that makes me look human in the morning so I couldn’t resist. I’m not as brave as our Beauty Director Sophie who went sans-mascara to her breakfast meeting for our #TrailATrend.

The colour didn’t last as long as I’d hoped but this was because of the balm, I should have stuck to just a pencil and embraced the chalkier texture, but bar one midday mishap when I went to a meeting with pink lipstick on my chin (still not sure how it made its way there) I loved the look. At my afternoon coffee meeting the PR I was with told me she ‘loved how I was embracing spring’. Our Fashion and Production Bookings Editor, Rosie Bendandi, guessed it in one, ‘you’re trialing a trend aren’t you? Giles right?’.
It really brightened up my day in the office and I’m already looking forward to trying it out again for a cocktails teamed with a silk black jumpsuit. I take the fact I’m already planning round two as a good sign.

Best for: instantly updating your make-up look for spring with little effort.

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