In anticipation of the release of her third LP, Let Freedom Reign (out today, Nov. 30), Island Def Jam recording artist Chrisette Michele let a bunch of bloggers pick her brain last night at an event hosted by the Carol’s Daughter store in Harlem. We all know she’s an extremely talented singer and musician (you know, one who actually has a voice and isn’t about gyrating for attention), so what I really wanted to know were Chrisette’s style and beauty preferences. Find out how she gets the power to voice her thoughts and why the reaction to her natural hair was annoying, after the jump. Keep reading »
Like many women, my makeup routine is unchanging. I start with foundation, then a touch of blush, followed by a medium smoky eye made by lining my lower lids in dark brown eyeliner, and then apply a few coats of mascara. For the lips, a simple pink stain topped with Rosebud Salve. So, it’s really a wonder that I have an entire bathroom filled with unused eye shadows in every shade of the rainbow and lipsticks to last me a lifetime. The occasions these do get used? Once or twice a year when I decide to fashion a “bold” look, or during experimentation sessions that inevitably end with the makeup remover bottle.
However, there’s one little item in my arsenal of beauty products that I always come back to: a tube of classic red Chanel lipstick. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve applied this in preparation for a night (or day) out, and wiped if off before leaving the house, never once getting real use out of it. It’s not that it looks bad on me. Not at all. But it seems to throw off the balance of my look somehow. Sometimes I feel too slutty, or think I look like a teenager did my makeup, just going a bit too far with everything. Other times, the red lips staring back at me in the mirror seem to say something about who I am, or want to be. There’s a go-to gal. Am I a go-to gal? Or: There’s an insecure girl who read in some lady mag that wearing a coat of red lipstick makes you more confident.
It was after the Golden Globes this year that I became so in love with January Jones’ perfect lip hue (what some have been calling “the new red lip”), that I decided to hell with it. So last night, I lacquered up my mouth with my bright Chanel lipstick, took myself to a party, and decided to see what would happen. Keep reading »
We weren’t so sure what to think about the “couture military” style Rihanna spoke of while filming the video for her song “Hard.” But now that we’re seeing the outfits in context, they’re not nearly as scary or horrible as we had first concluded. Rihanna can keep this style to herself, however, because we certainly won’t be putting on anything remotely similar, well, except for her gorgeous orange-y red lipstick. The shade resembles Nars’ Heat Wave and Revlon’s Hot Coral, and it will look just as good when worn with something other than an army green jacket, a bustier with electrical tape-covered nipples, and a pair of practically nonexistent cut-offs. Keep reading »
Check out Christina Hendricks and Nicole Kidman, two of Hollywood’s more famous redheads. Now, look at their red, red lips. What do you think; do the red lip shades they choose work with their red hair? The jury is still out for me on Christina. (What do you think? Does it work?) But I think Nicole nailed this particular redhead/red-lipstick moment. I’m sure you’ve heard at some point the old idea that redheads can’t wear red anything (lipstick, dresses, etc.), but it’s actually total crap. What does apply to red lips and red hair is also the same rule that goes for wearing makeup of any kind, across the board—you have to take into consideration your skin tone, hair color and feature shapes. How does Nicole get her red lip so right? Keep reading »