Trends may come and go, but real classic beauty will never fade — and that's why we'll never, ever tire of seeing creamy nude lips on the mouths of our favourite celebrities. The thing about "nude" is that the colour actually encompasses hundreds of different shades. Just like everyone in the world has slightly different skin colours, we all also present a slightly different colour when we leave our lips bare or coat them with a matching lipstick. Jessica Alba, for example — her nude is a light berry shade, while Diane Kruger's natural colour is a pale and creamy shade. Miranda Kerr has a hint of pale pink to her lips, while Jennifer Hawkins has the lightest berry undertone. Whichever look you're going for, you can take inspiration from the celebrities in this gallery. Sure, they like their bright pinks and oranges, too — but paring things back never looked so good.
Whether you're one to follow trends or not, nails are the easiest way to jump on a new beauty look — and jump we do. But there's no denying that when all the trends (nail art, anyone?) die down, there are a few colours that every woman reverts to. Red is one of them. It's a true classic, one of those rare breeds that goes with everything and suits everyone. Here, we've pulled ten of the best red shades we could find. If you work in a conservative office environment, there's a raspberry-hued version for you. If you can go all out, why not go the sparkly crimson for a bit of fun? Or if you like to keep things simple, you can never go wrong with a bright, cherry red. Tip: keep your nails short. While we loved Ashley Madekwe's talons a few weeks ago, they might not be appreciated as much in the office. Click through for our picks!
If there's a lady in your life — whether it be your bestie, boss, mum or nan — who's very well-kept, neat and chic; chances are she's a bit of a classicist when it comes to makeup. She'll more than likely stick to a brand's hero products, and she probably has a very good idea of what she likes in terms of finish, texture, pigment and scent. So. What to buy her for Christmas? We've got 10 fail safe ideas, and we know she'll use all of them. Want more Christmas present ideas? See our other gift guides!
Ah, the power of a red lip or a classic red nail. The boys go wild for it, and the girls? They ask you what brand and shade name you're wearing. Why Valentino even ends its runway shows with a red piece, and as for red beauty tools? They're about as statement as you can get. Perhaps a bit posh, too. We're going back to basics today to bring you our favourite red prods, step in to get sexy.