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 »
And no, it’s not “inject a filler.” C’mon. So yeah, it’s holiday season and nothing says holidays! like a great red lip. The only problem for some of us? Thin lips. Not to worry, Teen Vogue got a few tips from celeb makeup artist Tina Turnbow (a Jessica Szohr prettifier) on how to wear a bold lip when your lips are big and bold—all you have to do is: “Pick a shade that is close to your natural lip color, only with a bit more pink. Then, pat illuminating shimmer in the middle of your lip—doesn’t hurt to give a plumper look. Also, a nude lip pencil to line a slight bit outside your natural lip line (I like a heart shape upper lip) then fill in. This will give an illusion of a fuller upper lip, without looking obvious.” The illuminating product I love for this? You have to have Benefit Moon Beam—and it’s a multi-use make-up, anywhere you need a little shimmer, this is your product. [Teen Vogue] Keep reading »
Normally, I am fiercely against anything too matchy-matchy—i.e., exactly color-coordinated belt and bag, or lips and shoes, or headband and belt and bag. It just looks too trying-too-hard and robot-esque. I actually actively try not to match my beauty touches or accessories—and while I’m not a Kate Moss mix master, I do spend some time contemplating it all. Yet, when I spied Natalie Portman‘s color-coordinated nails and lips I actually didn’t hate the combo. Here’s why it works. Keep reading »
We’ve been looking for just the right shade of red lip gloss for eons and in our search, we found a color palette that has been gracing the most beautiful lips of the last 100 years. “A Century of Red” contains the most popular shade of red for each decade of the 20th century, from bee-stung red of the 1910′s Gibson Girls to Futurama for the new millennium. Surely there’s a shade in there for everyone…even those of us with hard to complement red hair. [$45, Three Custom] Keep reading »
I remember watching “Dynasty” in the ’80s and thinking that Krystle and Alexis Carrington were so fantastically glam. Their glitzy, sequined dresses, shellacked hair, long, red talons and crimson lips were just IT, you know? If I saw those cats on TV today, however, I’d probably mistake them for two campy transvestites and wonder why they weren’t on Bravo. I admit, though, that I’d likely still find their red lips and nails awesome; there’s just something about a red pucker and red digits that screams “Respect me, bitch!” Whenever I try to wear both at the same time, however, I feel that I look like a trashy whore and not a powerful diva, so I asked Ashunta Sheriff, makeup artist for Christian Dior, on how to wear red well. Her beauty breakdown, after the jump… Keep reading »