Sometimes, a lip stain just isn’t enough. This trio from Bare Escentuals contains a lip liner, lipstick, and lip gloss all in one package. So you can play around with different combinations depending on the look you want. Wear just the lipstick or gloss for an office-appropriate look, and then get a shiny, pigmented pout with all three for a night out on the town. We recommend this mauve color, which matches a variety of skin tones really well. And yes, lip liner is back!
I might have been able to excuse Ke$ha‘s blue lipstick if she hadn’t also worn teal eyeliner. But when I really think about it, this is a really tame cry for attention; she could do worse. On another note, doesn’t Ke$ha look like Stephanie Pratt? [NYC, 8/2/10] Keep reading »
I’ve had a love-hate relationship with lipstick for the last two years. I love red lipstick and apply it perfectly in the morning, even using a matching lip liner to outline and fill in my lips first. But it never fails that once I take a mouthful of yogurt at work, my spoon is wearing most of my lipstick. I can’t stand to see lipstick marks on utensils, glasses, or napkins, especially if I’m the smudgy culprit. What I hate more, though, is having lipstick on my teeth and no one telling me. So I was pretty psyched to try out L’Oreal’s Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Stars Collection in Beyonce Red, a very vibrant red suitable for life in the limelight and on stage. The Infallible lip color basecoat and topcoat are housed in a handy-dandy compact that functions as a mirror in a pinch too. Although the name suggests this cosmetic is incapable of error, there are some rules to follow. Keep reading »
Back in the ’90s, no one wanted anyone to know they used lip liner to make their lips look fuller. But now, the new trend is to totally relocate your lips so they can be any size you want ‘em. But seriously, while this looks cool in a beauty editorial, I hope no one tries it for real. [Trend Hunter] Keep reading »
Do you remember when nail polish colors other than pink and red were shocking? When Chanel‘s Vamp came down the runway in 1994, it caused a major stir. Now everyone wears purple, navy, and, yes, even black on their fingers, but outrageous lip colors are another story. Every once in a while we’ll see makeup artists painting the puckers of models in shades of lavender, gray, and other unexpected choices for fashion shows, but this makeup look hasn’t quite trickled down to the masses yet. Do you think crazy colors of lipstick will ever become mainstream the way kooky nail polish colors have? [Lime Crime Makeup via NY Mag] Keep reading »
Truth to tell, that lipstick survey — the one that says lipstick is, well, over — has been bumming me out. I love the stuff. But this wasn’t always the case. When I was a little girl in the ’80s watching my mother slather bright pinks across her cheeks and perky blues over her lids, I hassled her. “Moo-o-o-oom,” I’d whine, “I like your face the way it is.” But she didn’t leave the house without putting her face on first. I carried my staunch anti-makeup stance almost entirely through high school, only breaking down occasionally for a little goth-inspired black eyeliner and mascara. Makeup was part of “The Man.” It was the enemy, keeping women down and stuff, by convincing them they’d never be good or pretty enough without another bottle of goopy stuff.
Then I got married. Keep reading »
Besides all the signature zigzag prints and tribal silhouettes, the real star of Missoni‘s Fall 2010 show was (for me anyway), the deep, dark eggplant-hued lips the models sported in what MAC makeup artist Lucia Peroni called “A little bit Scottish, a little Masai, a little punk.” Sounds good to me. I’m a little obsessed because I’ve always been drawn to lip shades in blackberries and deep plums–must be my junior high goth roots–but Lucia’s mix is ultra arresting and looks really unique. To get the look she used MAC Eye Pencil in Ebony, mixed Lipsticks in Cyber and Hang-Up and blended them into the lips with a brush, then applied Matte on top to get rid of any and all shine. How ’bout that! Black eye liner to get your darkest plum! Love it. Will I be wearing this look to work Monday? Not bloody likely, but I may do some experimenting this weekend. Keep reading »
Makeup artist Gregory Arlt dubbed the Davidelfin fall 2010 beauty look the “lip show” because, as you guessed it, the makeup was all about lipstick. Most of the Davidelfin collection is black, but Gregory said he was inspired by two magenta coats, so he created a full lip to match. He first applied the Process Magenta Paint Stick from the MAC Pro line (we non-professionals can use the MAC lipstick in Lustering for the same effect). Then, he dabbed the Show Orchid lipstick on top. The combo of both of these pigments created a neon fuchsia, which is a departure from the typical fall lip colors of burgundy, blood red, and classic red. To keep the focus on the lip, Gregory left the skin and eyes “cold” with little to no color. The skin was moisturized with Studio Moisture Fix, and then he applied Face and Body Foundation. The foundation was set with Mineralize Skinfinish Natural, which Gregory calls “the all you need powder” because it doesn’t look like powder, but also buffs away the rubbery texture of foundation. The cheeks were left bare; instead he contoured them following the natural bone structure of the models. He defined the eyes by applying an eyeshadow that matched the models’ skin tone and then applied a darker but also natural-looking shadow into the creases. Gregory also applied concealer to the eyebrows to give them a bleached look, but he doesn’t recommend this for regular women — it’s purely for the runway. With a lip this bold, the hair was left sleek and simple with a low, braided ponytail. Check out more photos after the jump. Keep reading »