Red eyeshadow? Deadly lips in searing heat? It shouldn’t work but – from The Expert British Bake Off to Chanel – it does

Red eyes at night (or day).
Red eyes at night (or day).
Composite: CHANEL / GETTY

Summer is no chum to makeup, which is liberating or boring depending where you ones name to. If you want excitement then salvation comes via one of the two trends which are patently wintry but have become fixtures this season: nefarious lips and red eyes. The logic is plain – you haven’t got anything else on your veneer so you can go mad with eyeshadow and lips. Probably not both though. Here is an claim for each:

Red eyes

Kristen Stewart is contractually obliged to rouse with red: blood or via Lucia Pica’s make-up collection for Chanel, looked by Stewart. It is part tomato, part goth but (crucially) shifts red from be rights and lips to eyes. “I love red, as did Coco Chanel, and it’s the colour your boldness goes naturally when you flush,” says Pica in a convincing three-point controversy for the colour. The real key is eye colour. Stewart’s are green and the red highlights that, although the identical could be said for dark brown. Curiously, red sort of wakes eyeballs up, too.

Candice from GBBO and Miu Miu makeup.
Candice from GBBO and Miu Miu makeup. Composite: BBC/REX

Dark lips

Over of your face like a print. “It’s all about contradictions,” said Dior’s makeup commandant, Peter Philips, about the label’s autumn/winter 2016 dark-lipped look. It either proletarians contradict your palette (colour-wise) or buck the season by vexing dark shades (like Tom Ford’s Jasmine) to the seaside. This is parallel to dipping your toes in emo, noncommittally, because it’s Wednesday and, artistically, YOLO and so on. The catwalk isn’t always a convincing platform for trends, but Candice from the Outstanding British Bake Off might sway you with her iris-dark lips which enunciate weird but somehow aren’t.