LIPS. Lets be honest, if you were to spend time on one aspect of your makeup in the AM, it would probably be your eyes- There are a gazillion options for shadows, liners, mascaras, primers and the like. So try something new and freshen up (like the Spring 2012 runways)! Adding dimension to your lips is easy, creative, and pretty open ended. Ombre looks are not just for hair- you can use a bright pigmented color all over the lips -for additional drama add a bright color right in the center of your lips. It is easier to use two different shades of color opposed to just one! (if the graduation of the color isnt controlled, it may just look like a messy application). Dont be shy- try something minimalist on the eyes (mascara) and a bold orange or lavender/lilac on the lips.
I whole heartedly love classic red lips, light pink hues, and bright shocking blues- but there is something especially sexy and bold when it comes to daaarrrk lips- black shades and deep purples. I think these photos are three very different ways to sport the look. The most wearable look is Leighton Meester for Elle Magazine* (with Ed Westwick). Even though she is wearing black lipstick she does not look gaunt- her complexion is warmed up with bronzer and illuminator. Keep in mind that when the lips are a bold color, the eyes should stay understated and neutral (or keep a bright eyed look by applying powder illuminator under the arch of the eyebrow and on the inner corner of the eyes<New Order by NARS is exquisite>). In order to keep the look clean, use an invisible lip liner to accentuate the shape of your lips! It helps to prime your lips before applying a bold color by exfoliating and then conditioning with a fast absorbing lip balm or lip primer.
* I cant quite handle how gorgeous this photo shoot is- there are a couple more close up shots of Meester and Westwick on Elle’s website.
Tribute to the absolutely incredible Alex Box (mostly with Illamasqua)
So lately I have been a bit smitten with creating different lip colors with a clear gloss and either one (or a mix) of eyeshadow/blush pigments. For instance, I loved the limited edition Quite Cute line from MAC, but I ran out of their original lipstick (titled after the line). So, I gently rubbed a disposable mascara wand against MUFE #92 and mixed it with “Triple X” by NARS. Depending on how much color I mix with the gloss, I can achieve a duplicate of “Quite Cute” without having to hunt it down on ebay or find a color closs by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics (I was tempted!). This is an easy an economical way to achieve a vibrant lip! Also, if you mix a cream shadow with the gloss you get a more pigmented lip color. Options are limitless!
CHAMELEON: Leighton Meester
Just in case I haven’t yet convinced you of the impact that hair and makeup can have on your look, take a peek at the images of Leighton Meester above. It’s proof that style can be transformed with one swipe of lipstick or dramatic eyes! I love that Leighton isn’t afraid to experiment with different looks: from a bold lip teamed with a coiffed mane to heavily lined eyes and bed hair, she’s a shining example of how to have fun with beauty!
Nothing looks more refreshing than a break from the usual pinky-nude lipstick and nail polish, especially a sheer wash of tangerine for the spring and summer months.
See these gorgeous products for yourself! Clockwise: Tom Ford Lipstick in Wild Ginger // Revlon Lipstick in Kiss Me Coral // Laura Mercier Gloss in Bellini // Bobbi Brown Gloss in Citrus // Deborah Lippman Nail Laquer in Lara’s Theme // Essie Polish in Orange It’s Obvious // OPI in Atomic Orange.
forever reblogging this photo
Sephora Pantone :)
I am very interested in the origin of all of the makeup that has been created. I think I am going to do more research regarding the origin of lipstick as well as eyeliner- I know that eyeliner began as a necessity to decrease the reflection of sun in the eyes. But for the most part, I think eyeshadow is to emulate a depth in the eyes that occurs naturally for some people, that is eventually lost with age. Similarly, youth is connected with flushed cheeks and lips, which is/was a sign of fertility and health. For some, makeup could just be a matter of attraction. But my favorite part it is the way it has evolved into an art form. The empowerment of being who ever you would like to be- just like the style of your hair and clothing. Along with that empowerment, however, comes harsh judgement. Wear too much makeup? You’re insecure. Don’t wear makeup? Why aren’t you taking pride in your appearance? Just like many issues regarding the image of women, there is no safe space to be in. You can either say eff that and dress and style yourself however you choose, or live within the realms of never being able to please a society that expects nothing and everything from you.
Also, a warning for time travelers: Don’t wear lipstick in the 1770’s.