Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Fall Trend – Dark, Deep Lips… Black perhaps???

By: Alexandra Butler

Have you ever wondered if you could pull off the latest trends in beauty? Designers like Rachel Roy, YSL, Jason Wu and Key Makeup Artists predicted the fall trend in beauty would be deep, dark, Goth lips during this year’s NYC Fashion Week. Is this a current trend or a thing of the good ole’ ‘90’s that makes you ask, “Where they do that at?” Designer Rachel Roy teamed up with Makeup Artist Extraordinaire Bobbi Brown to come up with a standout look for her Fall 2009 Collection:


Rachel Roy/Bobbi Brown video backstage at Fashion Week




So after seeing this trend on the runways of fashion week, it makes you wonder how this look will come off on celebrities or models and how exactly they wear it off the runway, but first let’s take it back to when it was hot, the 90’s:



Throwback ‘90’s Dark Lips:

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Mary J during her Not Gone Cry video shoot

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Lauryn Hill in the mid ‘90’s

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EnVouge EV3 Album Cover in ‘97


Flash Forward to NOW:
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Rachel McAdams picture

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Ciara on set of her video shoot for Go Girl

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Rihanna sporting the deep purple lip

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Chanel Iman in a deep purple lip

So to make it easily accessible to us ordinary, everyday people, MAC came out with their Style Black Collection which launched in all stores nationwide on September 24th, 2009. This line featured a mysterious and fantasy-filled selection of products that allowed us to bring the runway trend to the everyday streets:

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MAC’s Style Black Collection

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MAC Style Black lipstick

l-r Lustre Lipstick in Black Knight, Mattene Lipstick in Midnight Media, and Mattene Lipstick in Night Violet. Prices range from $14-$15.

In order to achieve this look, there are a few things that one needs to have:

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Prep +Prime lip

Some sort of primer to help with the feathering and bleeding that tends to happen when rich colors are applied to the lip. $14.50

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Nightmoth lip pencil

A dark colored lip pencil to outline and color your lips in completely. By shading your lips in, you are allowing the lipstick to adhere to something and will ensure a longer lasting wear without the color fading. $13.00

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Midnight Media Mattene lipstick

Whether you prefer black or any dark colored lipstick, apply that color on top of the liner that has already been applied to the lips. If you are not as suave with applying lipstick, use a flat synthetic brush to apply the lipstick to the lips. Work from the inner lip to the outer portion and up to the line of the lips. $14.50

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To clean up any uneven lines or bleeding color, touch up your lips with a small angled brush and some foundation powder. Follow the natural line of your lips with the angled brush that has the powder on it. For color selection, use a powder that is a shade lighter than your normal powder so that it can highlight the area around your lips and give you a natural pout. $26.00 for the foundation powder and $19.50 for the small angled brush

And VOILA!!! Check me out…

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My lips appear to have more purple in them because I used MAC’s Nightmoth Lip Liner; however, you can just use a black eye liner to make the black more intense. And remember, since the lip is already very dramatic, keep the eye very neutral and soft because you do not want to take away from the lips.

Stay tuned for more make-up trends to come!!! Happy Holidays!!!

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