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THE COCKTAIL-PROOF LIPSTICK DIRECTORY

THE COCKTAIL-PROOF LIPSTICK DIRECTORY

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THE COCKTAIL-PROOF LIPSTICK DIRECTORY

The right shade of lipstick might determine more than just the fate of your evening; so from now on, rather than opting for your usual, instead take inspiration from your lipstick when choosing your first beverage of the night. At Manchester's late-night mainstay, Gusto, cocktails are served from a marble-topped bar in what was once a nineteenth-century bank. Original interiors remain intact throughout, so, with a backdrop of sparkling chandeliers, chequered floors, slinky cocktail dresses, and gold-flecked decor, the location demands no less than the most glamourous lipstick and cocktail pairings.

From perennial favourites through to intriguing inventions and modern takes on eternal classics, these cocktails are sure to create just the right kind of stir [even if they're shaken]. And when it comes to cocktail-proof lipstick formulas, below are the best of the best - because no-one wants to lose their lips at first sip. The texture has to be perfect, both creamy and matte, and not too shiny.

No matter what beauty trends are currently en vogue, the appeal of a lipstick-led look is eternal. A nod to the bold glamour of the 1950s; wear it with a spur-of the-moment up-do, almost no other makeup, and an all-black ensemble for a contemporary twist. With the right cocktail to hand, you will feel like you can take over the world.


 

COSMOPOLITAN +
MAC LIPSTICK IN CANDY YUM YUM

Perfectly simple and fashionably timeless, a classic Cosmo paired with a bright pink lip present the dream combination of playful elegance and effortless style. Make like a Manhattan socialite and partner the zesty, refreshing flavours of lime and cranberry with MAC's bestselling neon pink; Candy Yum Yum is the kind of lipstick you can slick on and instantly look both incredible and like you haven't tried too hard.

COCKTAIL-PROOF : 9/10

 

GUSTO SAYS : THE CRISPNESS OF CRANBERRIES GIVEN EXTRA DEPTH WITH VODKA, COINTREAU, AND ZESTY, FRESH LIME. MOUTHWATERINGLY BRIGHT.

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PEACH & PASSION JULEP +
NARS SEMI-MATTE LIPSTICK IN CATFIGHT*

If you're looking for a lip colour that will work hard for you - an effortlessly wearable shade that you can wear from office to evening out, looking brilliantly chic every step of the way - then you need to make Catfight your go-to. Pretty and practical, the soft, dusky pink hue is perfect for slicking on before you get on with the more important things in life. The delicate, floral notes of a Peach & Passion Julep are all you need to add.

COCKTAIL-PROOF : 7/10

 

GUSTO SAYS : Peach purée, passionfruit, and mint smashed through with Woodford Reserve and gomme.

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CLASSIC MOJITO +
LIPSTICK QUEEN SINNER LIPSTICK IN CORAL*

It may only be February, but with spring on the horizon, it's the perfect time to inspire yourself with the promise of endless summer beach days by marrying a vibrant coral hue with a Classic Mojito. The genius of coral lies in its ability to brighten any look without overpowering. Slick on this universally flattering shade and instantly transform your look in one simple, subtle move. This particular hue imparts just the right amount of retro elegance, a super-chic way to offset the fresh, vibrant flavours and glistening emerald contents of your drink.

 

COCKTAIL-PROOF : 6/10

 

GUSTO SAYS : Havana, fresh mint, lime, and sugar are combined to make this classic and refreshing cocktail.

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FIGS & HONEY +
CHARLOTTE TILBURY K.I.S.S.I.N.G LIPSTICK IN HEPBURN HONEY*

Designed to mimic the shade worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's, the soft golden nude is beautiful, pure and simple. Its velveteen texture perfectly complements the creamy sweetness of Figs & Honey. A rich, decadent affair, the drink brilliantly combines the flavoursome with an aesthetically pleasing ensemble that ensures your drink will be the most Instagrammable of your table's order.

 

COCKTAIL-PROOF : 9/10

 

Gusto says : Quite simply, fresh fig and honey, shaken with Monkey Shoulder and tawny port. Elegant and quirky.

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ELDERFLOWER & PEACH MARTINI +
TOM FORD LIP COLOUR SHEER IN SKINNYDIP*

Channel the James Bond fantasy by matching Tom Ford's 70's-inspired packaging with the iconic silhouette of a martini glass - the ultimate combination for an evening of glamourous decadence. 'Skinnydip' is an apt moniker for this gold-flecked peach-pink lipstick, which is perfect for those last minute drinks invitations where you're without a care in the world. The shade pairs stylish simplicity with practicality [the sheer formula blends seamlessly with natural lip colour], and the bullet is the essence of functional luxury. The drink itself presents a modern, feminine take on an age-old classic - sweet and mellow, peach and elderflower combine to create the effect of supper smooth caramel slipping between your lips.

 

COCKTAIL-PROOF : 8/10

 

GUSTO SAYS : Peach purée, elderflower liqueur, Grey Goose, lemon and gomme shaken and served in a martini glass. A subtle mix with a lovely, bright finish.


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GRAND SANGRIA +
SISLEY HYDRATING LONG LASTING LIPSTICK IN MANDARINE*

Now that orange lipstick has become a beauty staple, a more daring alternative to even your most vivd crimson red, you can afford to be brave when sporting it in public. Especially if you choose a formula as pigmented and durable as this one. Marry the urban with the exotic and opt for a supersize glass of this equally vibrant fruity punch; Gusto's version is less simple and more luxe, just the thing for statement making.

 

COCKTAIL-PROOF : 7/10

 

GUSTO SAYS : Red wine, Benedictine, mint and fresh orange are poured over ice, accentuated with lemon, gomme, and soda. Summer in a glass.

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STRAWBERRY & VANILLA MARTINI +
CHANEL ROUGE COCO ULTRA HYDRATING LIP COLOUR IN GABRIELLE*

Timeless and iconic, a bright, beguiling red lip is a foolproof way to add interest to your evening look, and the classic Chanel packaging adds an instantly luxurious spin and sophisticated air of contemporary simplicity. Pairing an eternally chic crimson pout with a Bond girl style martini marries the classic with the cool for true bar-side appeal.

 

COCKTAIL-PROOF : 6/10

 

GUSTO SAYS : Fresh strawberries with Ketel One, Licor 43, shaken with lime and gomme and served in a martini glass.

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KIR ROYALE +
TOM FORD LIP COLOUR IN BRUISED PLUM

An unexpectedly bold lip colour worn with confidence will turn you into the girl at the bar that everybody wants to be. At heart this duo are classics given a modern spin, which means that they're easy to drink and fuss-free to wear, but will still give your look an eye-catching edge. Traditionally reserved for after hours, plum in all its sumptuous glory is best paired with an equally decadent beverage. Dramatic in appearance but sweet to taste, the fizz is strong and the elegant champagne flute guarantees glamour. Rich berry lips plus smooth berry fizz equals true opulence.

 

COCKTAIL-PROOF : 7/10

 

GUSTO SAYS : Crème de cassis and prosecco. Subtle yet sublime.

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BITTER CHERRY +
SUQQU CREAMY GLOW LIPSTICK IN AKANEBARA*

The thing about this shade is that even if cherry reds aren't your thing, it works. The sheer formula adds just a hint of colour when pressed [rather than swiped] onto the lips - so subtle it could almost be considered a neutral. Elegant and discreet with a cool sensibility and the kind of 'just-bitten' detail that takes you anywhere, think of it as a blank canvas with endless possibilities. Drinks-wise, a cherry base is a logical starting point - for those who like to pair playful lip colours with serious drinks, the decadent combination of bitter fruit, rich coffee, and dark liquor combination are a welcome assault on the tastebuds.

 

COCKTAIL-PROOF : 8/10

 

GUSTO SAYS :  amaro, Illy coffee liqueur, and Cherry Marnier are stirred together, producing a beautiful mix of bitter flavours and sweetness. 


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To find your own failsafe lip colour and cocktail pair, head to your nearest Gusto bar [locations here] with your favourite lipstick and enjoy all cocktails for £4.95 throughout February [Monday-Friday, 5-7pm].

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