More often than not it’s a new nail varnish shade but, inspired by some cosmetic looks I’d seen at London Fashion Week, I decided to try the new gloss ink range.
I’ve always found berry shades tricky. Too light and you’re verging on frosted ’80s heather that instantly yellowfies teeth. Too dark and you’ve crossed over to the dark side with almost black lips that scare boys. Where is that berry inbetweener?
So after what seemed like a million swatch tests, I decided on the new Gloss Ink in Cruel, a deep berry shade with a hint of pink.
|Topshop Gloss Ink in Cruel|
I’m a sucker for names so that was a factor – I imagined that Sarah Michelle Gellar would sport something similar in her Cruel Intentions days (15 years ago!!), most probably while she was hatching some elaborate plot to wreak havoc amongst her friends.
|Sarah Michelle Gellar in Cruel Intentions|
Other inspiration on colour choice comes from more ’90s screen icons, all with a dark side:
Nancy (Fairuza Balk) in The Craft
Brenda (Shannen Doherty) in Beverly Hills 90210
Abby (Monica Keena) in Dawson’s Creek
Rayanne (AJ Langer) in My So Called Life