(Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton)
Fall + winter months speak to me in dark, moody colors. Those shades of raisin, plum, and merlot combined happen to be the hottest lipstick color; Oxblood. This dark color will (v)amp up any ensemble & I especially adore an oxblood lip with something sweet and feminine for an unsuspecting edge. Or throw on your favorite t-shirt & “go to” jeans & any of the lip colors below and your outfit gets transformed from soccer-mom to stylish-mom.
If you’re thinking, I am a lip gloss girl or I can’t wear that color, yes you can! These secrets and simple suggestions will help you rock this trend.
Here’s a tip when looking for your color: Oxblood is a bold neutral and comes in many shades. When you are at the store staring at the testers, try swiping the color on your finger tip, instead of the back of your hand. Why, you ask? I was taught as a Chanel Beauty Analyst, the skin on your fingertips are closer to your actual lips than the skin on the back of your hand. Also your finger tips are generally the same color as your lips. This helps to see if the color will change with your chemistry. It’s also super easy to hold your finger tip up to your lips for a better over all look at the color without having to put a tester to your mouth (germ-a-phoebe, anyone?).
Now for the Colors:
(Obsessive Cult Cosmetics,Moderncraft Lip Tar in Black Dahlia)
(Marc Jacobs, Lovemarc Lip Gel in Little Pretty & Saboteur, available at Sephora)
(Bite Beauty, Cashmere Lip Cream in Bordeaux also at Sephora)
If you are looking to rock a matte oxblood lip, try Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Bordeaux. This color is beautiful and it boasts food quality ingredients.
One thing to keep in mind, matte lipsticks can be tricky and unfortunately it’s not a formula for everyone. Thin lips with a dark, matte color will make them appear angry. Yikes! Definitely not the look we want. If this tends to be the case for you, try a lipstick with a creamy sheen or a gloss instead. Clinique’s, Black Honey Lip Duo, is perfect, you have a silky lipstick on one end and a gloss on the other. If you are a gloss girl, another great choice is Stila’s, Stay All Day Gloss in Merlot.
Once you find your perfect formula, you need a lip liner to prevent the color from bleeding. You can go two routes, a neutral/natural color liner for a softer look or a deep burgundy or wine colored-liner, matching your lipstick, for a clean, bold effect. Line and fill your lips, then apply your lipstick with a brush.
Now for the Rest of OUR Face:
To keep this look fresh and sophisticated, the rest of our make up must be neutral.
How to: First, neutralize all the red in your face, especially around your nose and mouth. This prevents your makeup from appearing messy. I have quite a bit of red in my face, so I faithfully use, Smashbox, Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer, it comes in green, (promise, you won’t look like Frankenstein) it combats the red, so my concealer doesn’t have to work as hard and it keeps my makeup flawlessly in place.
You want your lips to steal the show, not have to compete for attention. Choose natural colors for your eyes and cheeks that have the same undertone as your lipstick.
Tip: Bronzer is a No-No, keep it simple and your face fresh.
(The beautiful Rihanna & Miranda Kerr)
Until Next Time,
XO Baubi J.