As I write this post, I’m tapping away at the keyboard with my freshly manicured burgundy nails, having been completely swept up by the oxblood beauty trend.
You see, I love winter makeup. Those smokey eyes, plum lips, sharp contouring and va-va-voom lashes let us channel the moody weather we’re experiencing and the cosy clothes we’re wearing; plus it’s dark and sexy with a bad attitude to boot. It’s also a modern alternative to your traditional grey or black smokey eye or your ruby red lip. I’m not the only one loving oxblood either – lately it’s been doing the rounds at the international and Australian fashion weeks, and favoured by makeup artists, magazine editors and bloggers alike.
Here are a few ways I love to wear the oxblood trend:
– Pat your finger in a little lipstick or gloss and dab on your pout for more of a ‘stain’ than a thick coat. Keep your base fair, with only a touch of bronzer and line your lower lash line with eyeliner and give it a little smudge before adding a few coats of mascara.
– If you prefer to play up your eyes, create a smokey eye with a mulberry shadow rather than grey or black, and play down your lips with a nude gloss.
– Ditch the pastels and summer hues and opt for an deep oxblood polish for your nails. Adorn yourself with rings for an extra dose of badass.
– Gold is the perfect match for oxblood, so pile on the chunky chains or add a touch of gold to your eyes.
– Oxblood is also trending in fashion and you’ll find it chunky knits, pencil skirts, winter coats, tote bags and patent pumps, which let me tell you, is a very nice little holiday away from your old friend black-on-black.
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