Considering Crimson, Again
Red lips are a dime a dozen these days. From the runway to the red carpet, and increasingly in the real world, they’ve regained their previous icon status, becoming a—nay, the—culture-crossing beauty statement of the last few years. So how do you update something that has, in its ubiquity, become almost ordinary? You make it complicated—really, really complicated. Or so the thinking went backstage at Kenneth Cole Collection, a comeback show for the designer, where makeup artist Romy Soleimani used not one, not two, but five different products to create a series of diffused “New York urban” mouths. Lining lips with MAC Lip Pencil in Nightmoth, a dark raisin (that’s one), Soleimani filled them in with a blend of its Lipstick in Cyber, a deep blackberry, at the corners (that’s two) and Ruby Woo, a true scarlet, in the center (that’s three). She then framed pouts with another etching of MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry along the perimeter (that’s four), going back in with its Chromagraphic Pencil in Black Black in the corners (that’s five), before using a lip brush to blend the mix of pigments, creating an ombré effect. Add to that hairstylist Didier Malige’s slicked-back coifs that relied on Jonathan Product’s Silky Dirt Shine & Define Crème for a super-sleek finish, and the new-era red lip became the focal point of the face—and our renewed interest in the crimson institution.
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