It’s official: we’ve entered an age in which your average lipstick just won’t cut it, and neither will the slippery high-gloss patinas of yore. We need moisturizing, long-wearing, intensely pigmented matte colors that won’t flake, fade, or budge, and we need them, like, yesterday. Enter Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick, a rich, creamy formula that dries to a flawless velvety finish. It will see you through the workday and beyond, without the moisture-zapping effect mattes are infamous for. In 9 shades ranging from the prettiest of muted rose-petal hues to the most vibrant, almost-neon coral (which, guilty, I’m wearing right now), there’s something for everyone in the Opaque Rouge lineup. Plus, it feels so light on the lips that you’ll forget you have it on … that is, until you sneak a glance in the mirror to find that it’s persevered far beyond even its promised 14 hours. (And say what you will about the siren call of packaging — the slim futuristic tube looks pretty damn glamorous peeking out of a clutch.) [$28, Sephora]
I think I’ve mentioned my love for Revlon Lip Butters a few times now, most recently in the context of my summer makeup routine, but I thought it was time to make things official and
ask Lip Butter to marry me write up a full Beauty Test Drive. This awesome lip balm/lipstick hybrid is the bestselling lip color of the year, and I’ve contributed to its success by buying three shades (so far) and recommending it to many of my friends, especially the ones who are hesitant about lipstick. Want to know why? Get the scoop, after the jump… Keep reading »
So who was it that said redheads couldn’t wear pink? Sure, one of Jessica Chastain‘s false lashes may be trying to make a run for it, but the rest of her looks freakin’ fabulous. With that said, I am neon pink lipstick’s fiercest, most loyal advocate; I will testify to the death that a seriously hot semi-matte pink like this one looks good on anyone, anywhere, all the time, and that means redheads, too. It brightens up fair complexions, provides killer contrast to a tan, and makes your teeth look whiter and your eyes sharper and clearer. Such a bold shade plays best with a fresh, natural complexion and little color elsewhere, like Jessica’s glowy skin and light-handed blush in a similar shade. I’m just a touch disappointed that Jessica went the extensions route this time rather than sport her new bob, but hey, she looks gorgeous either way.
Coral is the color of summer. But do you want to spend a ton of money on a lipstick you’ll probably shove deep in your junk drawer once fall comes? We didn’t think so. So we’ve compared some of the most popular corals on the market. Can you tell which is the $24 lipstick and which was plucked from CVS shelves for just $1.99? Keep reading »
Growing up, I was never given any restrictions regarding whether or not I could wear makeup, or how much makeup I was allowed to wear. My parents, who are admittedly pretty laissez faire by most standards, are also the type to choose their battles, and what I put on my face was just not one of them. I expressed interest in products from a hilariously young age — home videos show me at five talking extensively about my mother’s fancy body wash like a regular Suri Cruise — and for all but a few grease-filled tweenage years, I’ve been beauty-crazed ever since. That’s why I find it so difficult to fathom why mothers, particularly those under the relentless and unforgiving eye of the media spotlight, receive so much flack for letting their young daughters wear a little bit of makeup. Keep reading »
Helmut Newton is inarguably one of the most prolific fashion photographers in history. His body of work, which during his life was a mainstay in high-end publications like Vogue Paris and Harper’s Bazaar, is instantly recognizable world-over. Nudity, overt sexualization, and erotic fetishistic subtexts stylized expressively in black and white are the hallmarks of a Helmut shot.
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I have my doubts about Kristen Stewart’s capabilities as a dramatic actress, but I’ll gladly take her as a red carpet presence: in the last few months (or, really, publicity rounds) she seems to have emerged from her cocoon of hideously uncomfortable public awkwardness to flit around like a sneaker-clad fledgling butterfly (if only she would keep her damn hands out of her hair!). As far as beauty goes, the “Twilight” actress (duh) rarely ventures outside of a semi-safe smoky eye/nude lip or clean eye/red lip scheme, but this weekend’s appearance at Comic-Con saw her switching it up in the most on-trend way possible. Keep reading »
One of the biggest trends in makeup application right now is ombre lips, in which lipstick is applied so that the color goes from dark to light, just as ombre hair is dark at the roots and light at the ends. Clicking around the web, it’s clear that people are wearing ombre lips in a variety of ways, some putting the lighter shade in the center of the lip, while the more daring leave a dark berry stain in the center and a lighter color around the lip line. Of the latter, which I think looks like your sucked on a ring pop for 20 hours, Jessica is especially not a fan. She thinks it looks like you have a dirty mouth. I think it’s kind of cool, so I gave it a shot but it just didn’t not work on my sad, thin lips. Oh wellz.
While there are many things definitively Chanel that I don’t exactly promote — tweed, for instance — I almost always agree with Peter Philips. The global creative director of Chanel Makeup since 2008, Philips is responsible for crazy-coveted Le Vernis nail lacquer shades like Particulière, which sparked the frenzy for taupe-grey (or “greige”) polish back in 2010, and the birth of the Rouge Coco lipstick range. He’s a visionary of sorts (see: bedazzled brows on the runway last season) who can put an elegant, luxurious spin on pretty much anything (see also: temporary tattoos). But just in case you need a little more proof that Philips is, indeed, a bonafide beauty genius, his new short film will make up your mind once and for all. “Miroir, Miroir,” inspired by the Paris-Bombay show Karl Lagerfeld sent down the promenade in December, serves to introduce five new shades of Chanel lipstick in the most gorgeously hallucinatory way possible. Philips said of the video, “The concept complemented the shades and the hypnotizing, psychedelic aspect fit well with the Indian theme.” Are you tripping yet? [BellaSugar]