Monday, October 27, 2008

Big, Bold n Bordeaux Lips

Its no secret that women of color can pull off bold, saturated colors...but how many of us are really gutsy enough to pull off such a look? I, for one, am much more comfortable with doing a very dark smoky eye rather than bold lips.

Well, I've decided that if there is any season to pull off bold lips, tis the season! As seen on Salma Hayek, Rachel Roy and Jessica Alba, wearing a burgundy or bordeaux commands a sense of female power like no other makeup look.
Above, Salma opts for a creamy wine color that complements her all-black ensemble. Below, Rachel goes for a glossy bordeaux color.
How to wear the bordeaux on the lips:
1. Keeping the rest of the face as bare as possible gives a fresh take on the bold lip. On the eyes, keep makeup minimal with a neutral, matte shadow that matches your skin tone and black mascara. If you feel naked without eyeliner (as I do at times) do just a smidge of kohl on the eyes, like Rachel above.
I love bare cheeks as well as it really draws attention to the lips, but if you must, pair with a slight bit of bronzer or a blush that complements your lip color, like Jessica below.
2. Like the rest of your makeup, hair should be as unfussy as possible. Save the hair baubles for another day and pull hair straight back like Salma, go completely sleek like Rachel or wear a slightly retro look with Veronica Lake type waves similar to Jessica.
Here are some lip color recs for gorgeous bold lips:

1. Dior Rouge Dior Lipstick in Red Premiere 752

2. CK Calvin Klein Delicious Luxury Creme Lipstick in Sinful

3. Laura Mercier Lip Velvet in Cassis

1 comment:

  1. wow, Salma looks positively regal in that photo.


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