The Edit

Nails VS Lips

Working at Illamasqua my comfort levels with wearing make-up shades some may consider “different” or “bold” have considerably widened. The staple pink and red lip shades I have worn for years are now occasionally and casually replaced with a purple, orange or deep dark berry and I think nothing of it until its mentioned or brought up by someone else.

I showed one of Illamasqua’s recent lipstick launches, Apocalips – a bright teal shade – to a friend who is a big beauty fan and someone I thought the shade would really look great on.

“I don’t think I can wear it, it’s a bit adventurous for me” she said. Fair enough, however she says this whilst waving her striped and spotted fingernails painted in an array of shades with jewels and studs galore!!

Why does she feel it was OK to experiment with colour and design on her hands but wouldn’t even consider moving that braveness and creativity to her face?



When the archetypal glamour look was born in the 1930’s – at the beginning of the explosion of Hollywood – the chosen make-up look usually consisted of a matchy-matchy nail varnish and lip colour, usually reds, pinks and the occasional coral. This look is still very much around 80 years later and is still considered “classic”.

We have evolved into being experimental with our nails wearing shades everyday that are still considered for most too risque for our lips. Remember when black nail varnish was only worn typically by the grunge set in the 90’s? a perfectly manicured black talon is no longer shocking and is universally considered to be the height of sophistication.


Look at a red carpet event today and you will see lips have typically remained “classic” while  nails have started to have a alter ego life of their own…











Why are some of us still scared to play with colour on our face?

 Do you tend to experiment more with your nails VS your make-up?



Govinder Rayt

Govinder Rayt

Writer and expert