Cherries in the Snow | Part 3 | Classic red lipstick, classic evening look

For the third and final installment in this cherries-in-the-snow inspired series, I wanted to feature the obvious red, the classic red: Revlon Cherries in the Snow. (A more expansive introduction to this series is here.) Just about everyone who loves a striking, deep blue-red lip has encountered a tube of this beautiful lippy at some point in their lives. Introduced in the 1950s (in perhaps a more orange-red incarnation, according to the internets?), it was marketed as a touch of glamour–perhaps a kind of fantasy alternative to (what was perceived as) a hum-drum domestic life. In response to another post, a commenter mentioned that a woman regarded as very fashion-forward in her small city wore Revlon Cherries in the Snow. I can believe it! On the lips it is a deep berry-cherry red with a touch of cream stirred in. One of my favorites! I recently tossed and replaced some of my favorite Revlon lippies, just to keep them fresh, so I have a nice fresh tube of Cherries in the Snow to show you today. With it, I’ve paired a lovely highlighter*–one of the pressed and molded powder highlighters that Chanel has been rolling out with deadly regularity lately.

Platinum snow, meet cherry red. Chanel Camélia de Plumes highlighting powder; Revlon Cherries in the Snow.

Platinum snow, meet cherry red. Chanel Camélia de Plumes highlighting powder; Revlon Cherries in the Snow.

As I mentioned in previous posts in this series, I felt that the highlighter choice was really essential for a real, c-in-the-s inspired look, and I was especially interested in finding highlighter choices that were not too cool. This powder–marketed as a “platinum” shade–is really the perfect balance, I think. I swatched it heavily in the store, but like the exquisite-but-pointless Spring 2015 Chanel blusher I mentioned a few days ago, I haven’t dipped a brush in it yet. It’s sitting quietly in the archives. If I were to bring it into rotation, though, I wouldn’t necessarily reserve it for a special occasion…but I think it would bring a special-occasion feel to every day, in a way. Anyway, I’m thinking that for this look, a nice, softly-defined eye, contoured and shadowed in neutral tones, a bit of this highlighter dusted on the high points of the face, lips reflected in some gorgeous little mirror compact while the wearer applies Cherries in the Snow to her lips, straight from the bullet, skillfully and with aplomb…well, it seems like a touch of glamour that would slip nicely into everyday life. I would personally choose to wear a stronger look like this in the evening, but all such day/evening designations are pretty much arbitrary.

From the left, Chanel Camélia de Plumes highlighting powder; Revlon Cherries in the Snow; Chanel eyeshadow quad in Prelude.

From the left, Chanel Camélia de Plumes highlighting powder; Revlon Cherries in the Snow; Chanel eyeshadow quad in Prelude.

The eyeshadow quad, Chanel Prelude, is a real workhorse for me. It just ties so easily and usefully with so many different lip/cheek shades, and it’s nice to have a palette of neutrals that leans a bit cool. I find so many of them seem to lean warm, or they lean too blue if they’re more cool. This one is nicely balanced, leaning cool. Oh, right, and the blusher. Strong red lipstick pretty much requires blusher, so it’s really funny that I kept forgetting them in my fervor to choose highlighters, but for this look, I’m thinking Rose Initial again (zzzzzz, I know), because it’s one of my favorite blushers, and this whole look has a lot of favorites in it already.

Apricot rose. Chanel JC blush in Rose Initial.

Apricot rose. Chanel JC blush in Rose Initial.

And that’s the third and final post in this series of cherries-in-the-snow inspired looks! Thanks so much for reading and looking, and I wish you a lovely day! xo bunikins@mua

*Unfortunately, I’m kind of a sucker of Chanel’s LE pressed powders. I think what sets this one apart is that it’s actually a really good product and a useful one. Available on EvilBay at a painfully inflated price today–but I’ll bet in a few months the price will settle as people forget about it.

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