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The Beauty Memo

How to find the perfect lipstick

What do you do when you can’t find the exact lipstick shade you want? Get a makeup artist to create it, says SUZANNE SCOTT

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The ‘Code8 Emilia Wickstead SS20 Show Matte Velour Limited Edition Lipstick’, as worn by a model backstage at the show

Let’s face it, the perfect lipstick can be almost impossible to find. For starters, there are so many variables to consider, from the texture and finish to color, intensity and longevity… This is exactly why it’s common practice for makeup artists to mix different shades together when they’re working backstage at shows or with celebrities – but that’s far too much like hard work to do on a daily basis at home.

We are thankful, then, for this exclusive Code8 x NET-A-PORTER collaboration that sees London Fashion Week’s brightest designers and their lead makeup artists create three must-have, universally flattering lipsticks. From a bright red through to deep brown and a barely-there nude, there is a shade for everyone.

THE SUITS-ALL-SKINTONES NUDE Code8 David Koma SS20 Show Matte Velour Limited Edition Lipstick

Finding the ultimate nude lipstick has, in the past, been a tricky affair, as one person’s nude is another person’s far-too-bright. This lipstick, however, somehow manages to suit everyone. Created with David Koma and renowned makeup artist Andrew Gallimore, this muted but elegant shade magnifies the natural coloring of your lips, so you end up with a super-flattering result.

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    + David Koma Matte Velour Lipstick - Spring '20

THE ULTIMATE MODERN MATTE Code8 Emilia Wickstead SS20 Show Matte Velour Limited Edition Lipstick

Some matte lipsticks can feel uncomfortable and drying on the lips, but that’s not the case with this silky and wearable shade created by Emilia Wickstead and makeup artist Lucy Bridge together with the color experts at Code8. It’s the perfect mix of orange, red and pink, and gives a real glow to all skin tones. The buildable color gives way to a perfect velvety-matte finish that’s long-wearing and comfortable.

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    + Emilia Wickstead Matte Velour Lipstick - Spring '20

THE PERFECT RED Code8 16 Arlington SS20 Show Colour Brilliance Cream Limited Edition Lipstick

Show makeup artist Naoko Scintu and the Code8 color experts have collaborated to create a lively and vibrant brown-toned red in a creamy finish that you will want to wear every day. With a touch of the ’70s about it, this shade is just what’s needed to perk up a tired complexion with very little effort. Wear it straight from the bullet or blot it down with a single ply of tissue for a more muted effect.

  • Code8
    + 16ARLINGTON Color Brilliance Lipstick - Spring '20
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