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Flashback Friday: Brown Lipstick Is Making a Triumphant Return


cecilia-chancellorFlashback Friday is a feature on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Cecilia Chancellor

The Moment: Espresso Lipstick

The Motivation: “Mocha was such a key word back [in the nineties],” said video star and makeup artist Kayleen McAdams of the brown lipstick trend that ran rampant throughout much of the decade (and the late eighties, when this photo was taken). To modernize this beauty concept, McAdams suggests skipping the heavy lip liner and applying the pigment with your fingertip to make it look “worn in.” The highlight and contouring technique that has risen in popularity alongside the burgeoning Kardashian empire, however, should also be nixed. “If you do it with a little bit of bronze shimmer, some mascara, and beautiful glowing skin, a brown lip is actually really pretty.” For confirmation, just look to this image of model Cecilia Chancellor.

For those who prefer a lighter lip treatment, watch McAdams’ step-by-step guide to getting Scarlett Johansson’s bee-stung, nude lips.

Photo: Patrick Demarchelier, Vogue, 1986; courtesy of

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