Sadly — and please, get your hankies ready because this is a tearjerker — I was born with no upper lip. My bottom lip is modest, but the top lip is so thin it’s practically non-existent. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always seen lipstick as something that would only draw attention to my miniscule pout. Oh, but I dreamed about wearing it, particularly in a glamourous shade of red! I thought it was not meant to be until one day, a tube of Charlotte Ronson’s Petite Kisses lipstick in “Fabiola” landed on my desk and I thought, Oh hell, might as well give it a try. And what do you know, it looked good. It’s not that it made my thin lips look like they were torn off Angelina Jolie’s face; no, the wine stain-esque color enhanced the shape of my lips which, until then, I hadn’t realize was quite lovely. I love this lipstick so much, I wear it every day now and am convinced the color would look amazing on everyone. Get it when you buy Ronson’s limited edition “Masquerade” set from Sephora, which also comes with another of her lipsticks in a brighter pink and an eye shadow palette.
Unlike the vast majority of fashion enthusiasts, I wouldn’t call myself a Chanel obsessor. Though I covet old photos of Coco with a string of pearls and a cigarette, I refuse to idolize a Nazi spy, and Karl Lagerfeld is about as pretentious and boring as the bouclé suits the line is famous for. Many young fashionistas love Chanel because they don’t know what else to love. Ladies, make yourselves aware of the other three, infinitely superior C’s: Céline, Chloé, and Cristóbal (Balenciaga, of course). Yes, Chanel is beautiful, timeless, and classic. Yes, it has been around for a long time. Yes, it was one of the first bold-faced names in fashion. But to me, these days, it’s little more than a symbol of a stodgier, simpler time. Keep reading »
We’re all familiar with today’s notion of “luxury lipstick”: I, for one, am so desensitized that a $24 NARS price tag strikes me as a steal. Enter Tom Ford, who practically bleeds couture. The high-end tastemaker was not the first to introduce the concept to the public, but at $48, his coveted gold-and-white metal tubes are at the lower end of the price spectrum when it comes to designer lipsticks. Of course, Chanel, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, and the aforementioned NARS are all considered premium lipsticks and generally retail in the neighborhood of $30. Costly enough, no?
Get a load of this, then: Clé de Peau Beauté, a glamorous Japanese line, offers their Extra Rich Lipstick for $60. And you may be familiar with the skincare line La Prairie, whose myriad anti-aging products feature the most opulent of ingredients and cost upward of $100+ individually. The brand now offers their very own Cellular Lip Color, which includes a caviar extract made from farm-raised roe, and will set you back a cool $55. Keep reading »
I love this lipstick guide from Poppy King, the lipstick queen. (Seriously, that’s her company — Lipstick Queen!) If anyone knows lippy, it’s her. I’m just taken aback by one thing: women wear lipstick to the grocery store? [The Glitter Guide] Keep reading »
Ask any of my friends about my signature makeup look, and they’ll tell you that I love a bold lip–either red or purple–it doesn’t matter as long as it’s noticeable. But lately, I’ve rediscovered my favorite lip color in high school — IMAN Citron. I used to slather on this gold lipstick when I wanted to feel older than my 16 years. And now at almost 31, it’s strange how this lipstick color reminds me of my youth … and the different beauty looks of my life. Keep reading »
Lip tattoos have arrived, ladies, and I’m deciding if this leopard print pair will be part of my new spring look. Violent Lips, temporary lip tattoos, come in lots of hues and prints for any mood, occasion, or getup. My pros and cons list after the jump. Keep reading »
Since I decided to go bold with my lipstick two years ago, there have been few occasions that I’ve painted my pout nude. Yet, my boyfriend can’t seem to get past “the attention” my bright lips bring.
I proudly rock bold lips for me and could care less about the stares or whispers. Sorry, J!
And according to a new survey from L’Oréal Paris, there are many women out there like me who refuse to bite the bold lipstick bullet. Read more… Keep reading »
Okay we get it, sex sells. But this Lancome commercial would have us believe that Kate Winslet
really wants to have sexytimes with some lipstick. Watch as she writhes around on the floor in the nude with a set of the glosses and seductively puts a swipe of the stuff on her maw. No thanks–we prefer real sex to makeup sex. [Hollywood Hiccups
] Keep reading »
When a girl’s down, she finds out who’s got her back! I’ve got a friend in Booty Parlor, the sex toy company: after I stupidly left one of my vibrators behind in my old apartment after a breakup, they sent me a new vibe in the mail, stat! And it wasn’t a regular old dildo-style vibe either! Booty Parlor sent me a Liptrik vibrator, the exact shape, size, and appearance of a red lipstick. Keep reading »
You’ve heard this makeup rule before: You only highlight your eyes or your lips, not both … until now. Illamasqua has introduced the Colour Collision collection that basically wants you to clash in a good way. This spring 2011 collection features bold and intense colors that you wouldn’t normally wear on both your face and hands. Keep reading »