There are a few tried-and-true beauty items we should all have in our arsenal: a do-it-all concealer, a go-to scent, and a cleanser that never lets us down. And that brings us to the next suggestion in said collection: a signature lip colour.
Finding the right hue that flatters your features, complements most of your wardrobe, and reflects your personality won’t only offer an elegant edge to your image – it’ll save you plenty of time in the prep department, too. And while there’s definitely a shade we inherently gravitate towards, finding a statement shade to call our signature look isn’t easy, which is why shu uemura’s here to help you discover your #lipsignature with their new range of laque supreme liquid lipsticks.
Key colours (L-R): BG04, CR03, PK05, RD05, WN05
shu uemura has given its laque supreme range a sleek ombré renovation, welcoming 11 new shades to their group of 5 key colours, all tailored to flatter Asian skin tones. This time, they’ve blended the shu red dye with lumier coating polymers, which not only ups the saturation – it allows the nourishing water-based formula to impart a lasting sheen on the lips too, so you can sport a pigmented pout that dares you to express yourself.
(L-R): BG02, BG05, CR01, CR02, OR01
(L-R): PK04, PK06, PK07, RD01, WN03, WN04
Liquid lipsticks of a matte variety have held the limelight in recent years, but there’s just something brilliantly bold about a lightweight, high-shine formula that delivers intense, vibrant colour without feathering or cracking. Parched lips, be damned.
International celebrities with the likes of Rainie Yang and Lauren Tsai have shown us their lip signatures and how the shades symbolise them. Ahead, we invited 3 local personalities with 3 distinct styles to do the same and pick out their signature lip shade from the lineup of captivating colours. Find out which of the shu uemura laque supreme shades channels their charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent best; and get inspired to take on one of these vivid hues yourself.
PEGGY CHANG, Blogger and Co-owner of The Tiramisu Hero
Known for its quirky, whimsical décor, The Tiramisu Hero is a charming café nestled along Tyrwhitt Road, drawing a steady stream of avid café hoppers since its doors opened 4 years ago. Quaint and endearing, the café is an adequate reflection of its co-owner Peggy, better recognised as Sixpegs, the independent blogger with a perpetual pixie cut and a playful approach to fashion. Tattoos and silver studs proudly on display, the 33-year-old walked on set in ripped jeans and instantly found her signature lip shade: shu uemura’s laque supreme in WN05. It comes as no surprise, though. Since she’s got a penchant for darker lip colours, finding her #lipsignature was an easy process.
Peggy is wearing shu uemura’s laque supreme in WN05
“Wine is my lip signature; the colour calls out to my unpredictable and adventurous yet quaint side,
which echoes in my café The Tiramisu Hero.”
Of course, it’s not a shade most girls would go for when we think of an everyday lip, but what Peggy reaches for when she wants to take her look from desk to dusk is a darker shade to create a vampy lip. “I usually keep the rest of my makeup simple, but I’ll glam it up by doing a bolder lip,” she shares, which makes a deep burgundy the perfect transition colour for her. This daring hue doesn’t just flatter her warm complexion, it brings out her inherent confidence, too – something we all wish we could possess. It’s a colour that commands attention, and we’re definitely feeling more adventurous now because of her.
SOPHIA CHONG, Founder and Creative Director of The Juice Market
One look at Sophia’s Instagram page, and you’ll see why it makes perfect sense that she’s the founder and creative director of The Juice Market, an online fashion boutique which features modern, stylish options for the female millennial. At 27, the ambitious girlboss has set her sights on the Asian region, with hopes of expanding to neighbouring countries like Malaysia and Indonesia this year, taking the label even further with her team of 6. She’s looking to change up The Juice Market’s design and branding soon enough, and she may also be tweaking her makeup look a little now using shu uemura’s laque supreme in PK05.
Sophia is wearing shu uemura’s laque supreme in PK05
“Pink is my lip signature; it symbolises my carefree nature, reminding me not to
take things too seriously – to live in the moment and have fun.”
Sophia’s everyday makeup hones in on her eyes, placing more emphasis on her lashes and brows; and when it comes to her lips, she prefers creating an ombré look, which made her experience sporting a full lip of vibrant pink a rather fresh one. While she does love the sleek look and moisturising texture of the laque supreme, she admits, “I’m going to try to create a gradient lip look with this.” It’s easy to see why she picked a pink, too. Similar to how versatile Sophia is with her style, a bright fuchsia is able to adapt to every vibe she creates while adding a touch of vigour to her complexion – the best shade for an instant pick-me-up.
LAYLA ONG, Model
Pictures may capture her elegant insouciance, but not the playfulness that makes an in-person Layla even more relatable. If she appeared shy and reserved on the most recent cycle of Asia’s Next Top Model, there’s actually more to her than meets the eye. In fact, we learned quickly that Layla can be rather animated – even the subtlest expressions come across loud and clear, which gives the portfolio of this lanky 21-year-old a dynamic edge. What you might not know too is that she’s been getting real creative with cute collages on Instagram as of late, taking us through a curated feed that feels almost like a personal scrapbook. A girl with an artistic flair, for sure.
Layla is wearing shu uemura’s laque supreme in RD05
“Red is my lip signature; it symbolises the vibrancy of my work.
A red lip transforms me, just like how I transform in front of the camera.”
When Layla was asked to select her signature shade, the choice was easy – a vivid red by way of shu uemura’s laque supreme in RD05. For Layla, red is “a woman’s colour”, symbolising a feminine spirit in all its uniqueness and audacity. While you’ll rarely see her with makeup on when she’s off-duty, she loves sporting a ruby hue on special occasions like date nights and formal events. “Red is really my go-to colour. If I could, I would wear it every day!” she exclaims. She loves how the laque supreme gives her lips that extra gleam to stand out, and from what we’ve seen thus far, the RD05 shade truly captures the innate vibrancy of her work.
Adele Chan using a Nikon Df
Sophia Chia, Education Manager at shu uemura
Kenneth Basco, Certified Makeup Artist at shu uemura
Josh Low from Harts Salon using L’Oreal Professionnel products
shu uemura laque supreme, $43 each. Available now at shu uemura stores and counters islandwide.
Discover the laque supreme collection at shuuemura.sg.