43 posts tagged "Lipstick"
Leave it to Rihanna to take one of our favorite summer trends and transition it seamlessly into a new season. We loved the look of sunglasses and a bright statement lip during the steamy months, but we like a monochromatic mouth and accessory done up in a rich, warm brown (a ’90s shade that’s making a serious resurgence) even more. RiRi’s fuzzy velvet frames and chocolate lipstick would pair just as well with a cozy knit as it does her tank top and feels right on point for fall. To get the look, try Italia Independent sunglasses in Brown Velvet, $197, in tandem with MAC Lipstick in Tabla, $16.
Blame it on Lorde, blame it on Joan Smalls, and, like so many big beauty trends, blame it on Rihanna, but we’re really digging a purple lip lately. Finding the right hue, however, that offers moisture, staying power, and serious color has proved to be a significant challenge. Enter: Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Lacquer in Ultra Violet and Always Sharp Lip Liner in Violet. When paired together, this dynamic duo makes for the perfect electric plum pout (similar to the one spotted on Brit pop singer, Melissa Steel). I’ve found that filling in my lip with the self-sharpening liner (yes, it amazingly comes to a perfect point with a twist of the cap) is the best way to create a budge-proof base. Topped with this non-sticky gloss infused with staining pigments and glossy-finish pearls, and the result is anything but shrinking.
What better way to toast a landmark birthday than with a bevy of babes? That’s exactly how NARS is celebrating 20 years in the business. The new Audacious Lipstick collection raises a proverbial glass to the anniversary and the beginnings of the brand (François Nars started his company with 12 statement-making tubes) with a hefty 40-shade release. Thanks to a buttery finish and a magnetic case that clicks deliciously shut, the pigment-drenched formula manages to one-up the cosmetic giant’s already gold-standard lipsticks in terms of luxury. And with so many hues—from sex kitten nudes to deep jewel tones and brilliant orchids—there’s surely something to flatter every skin tone and fulfill every desire. Though Nars and his team no doubt had certain iconic women in mind when naming the shades (think Brigitte, Bette, Greta, and Charlotte, whose namesake Ms. Rampling is the face of the campaign), we’ve taken the liberty of doing a little NYC free association with 10 of our favorite shades (seen above).
Fanny: This rich raspberry is for uptown girls “slumming it” on Bushwick rooftops. It pairs nicely with a borrowed “outer-borough” ensemble.
Geraldine: As fiery retro-oranges go, this one is hard to beat. Soak up the last of summer’s rays (and scarf up a few final tacos, while you’re at it) in the Rockaways.
Raquel: Perfect for risqué poolside applications, pack this pinky nude for your next visit to the Soho House roof.
Angela: An electric orchid that’s not for wallflowers—wear this while Instagramming your way through the Jeff Koons retrospective at the Whitney.
Marlene: A certain burlesque vibe makes this velvety brick hue fitting for a night at The Box.
Ingrid: Deep, dark, and vampy—take in a noir at the Film Forum wearing this. Whiskey chaser optional.
Claudia: A cool ’60s pink—slick this bright bubblegum across your lips before flirting in the shadowy stacks at the Strand.
Deborah: Swipe on this luxe chocolate shade for late afternoon cocktails at the Wythe Hotel.
Leslie: A sumptuous, muted red that’s both fetching and long-lasting enough to take you from a search for the underground speakeasy to after-hours at Five Guys.
Audrey: Sure, this rich currant is plenty good in the warm weather, but wait until fall hits and you can don it during a cozy dinner at Navy.
Available August 15, NARS The Audacious Collection lipsticks, $32 each; narscosmetics.com and Barneys New York (featuring 10 exclusive shades).
This spring brought us two jewel-toned lip looks that were seriously striking: Joan Smalls’ amethyst pout at the Met ball in Manhattan (seen below) and Rihanna’s emerald mouth at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in L.A. Ever since, my seatmate, fellow lipstick lover, and Style.com’s social media editor, Rachel Walgrove, and I have tried tracking down similar tubes to no avail. Today, however, we discovered the holy grail of offbeat, opaque colors: Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics “Unknown Pleasures” Lip Tars. Our favorites from the range that dropped online today: Vain (a dark indigo with green undertones reminiscent of RiRi); Technopagan (a metallic purple bordering on navy that’s the closest thing we’ve found to Smalls’ shocking violet); Pagan (a blackened plum comparable to another makeup move the model and Style.com/Print cover girl made last year); Covet (a camel color that has normcore written all over it); and Manhunter (a glittery red that is the next best thing to Saint Laurent’s ruby slippers). Commitment-phobes, be warned, these matte, liquid formulas have serious staying power and pack a major punch of pigment that practically requires paint solvent to take off, but our motto when it comes to mouthing off: Go big or go home.
$18 each; occmakeup.com
Mention the word frosted to any lipstick-wearing woman who was alive in the ’90s and she’ll likely note it as one of her biggest beauty mistakes. But this sparkly finish—much like overalls, jellies, and scrunchies—is staging a serious comeback. I’ve seen shimmery brown bullets reminiscent of the era’s original makeup mainstay, MAC Spice, at many a fall product preview. (A trio of new tubes to try: Topshop’s Metallic Lips in Mercurial, Mescaline, and Armour.) And when Rihanna’s latest Viva Glam campaign hit my inbox minutes ago, I knew the deal was sealed. Sporting Day-Glo green curls and a metallic mauve pout, the bad girl who never shies away from a seemingly unwearable trend is bound to make iced cappuccino-colored lips the next big thing…again.
MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Viva Glam Rihanna II (warm mauve with silver frost), $16, Lipgloss in Viva Glam Rihanna II (cool mauve with red frost), $15; available September 11 at maccosmetics.com. All proceeds benefit men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS.