Orange, fuchsia and red lips are big trends for summer. Marc Cornwall, a makeup artist whose work has appeared on Milan runways for designers ranging from Versace to Valentino and on supermodels like Gisele Bundchen, Naomi Campbell and Gemma Ward, shares pro tips for wearing these bold hues.
CUE: Tell us why you like vivid lip colors for spring and summer.
MARC CORNWALL: These colors call for a woman who's not afraid to take chances and is willing to stand out. They are really fashion forward. I like fuchsias because they're a statement piece. It's a powerful color, but a little flirty. Baby pink is also everywhere from Prada to Louis Vuitton. For younger girls, it's really hip. Stronger orange looks good against tan skin and also against really pale people. And people think you can only wear reds during the fall and winter, but I find that false. Red is a very empowering color. It never goes out of style.
CUE: With lip colors like these, neat application is crucial. Any tips?
MC: I don't like lip liner because I don't like that lined look. Use a tapered lip brush and swipe it through the lipstick a few times to flood the bristles with color. Then you paint on the bow of the lip and pull the color from the bow of the lip to the corner of the mouth. That way, you get a crisp line. It's OK if you make mistakes — it's lipstick; you can wipe it off.
CUE: I don't know if I can pull off a heavily pigmented orange lip.
MC: Orange can be a high-pigment orange, a sheer orange or a frosty orange, so whether it's a hint of color or a whole orange lip, there's somehow you can use it. Color comes all kinds of different ways, whether it's a satin finish, sheer finish or gloss. I come across a lot of women who went to the makeup counter, and they were told, "That color's not good for you." But I'm the kind of makeup artist that's like, "What do you mean, that's not good for you? Come, let me show you how you can make it work."
Hair: Andrea Valle for Hair Loft (5300 Tchoupitoulas St., 895-2911)
Makeup: Marc Cornwall and Kecia Littman for Bella Beauty Agency (www.bellabeautyagency.com)
Model: Brittany Dunn