Making a statement – with lipstick

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Making a statement – with lipstick 1
Making a statement – with lipstick 1

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Lip Stain no. 11, Tony Moly Magic Tint, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick

Making a statement – with lipstick 1

Pat McGrath's pick: Cover Girl Outlast Lipstains (photo from

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If they say trends in fashion and beauty are cyclical in nature, then I conclude that in the beauty world, now is a lipstick moment. Many women, on and off the runways, are sporting a standout color – from classic red to coral and fuchsia. Even Bobbi Brown, the queen of nude makeup, launched some very wearable bright lipsticks this season. Personally, I’ve always been averse to wearing too much color on my lips, but a whole new range of products made me discover that there’s no single way to wear the trend.  I once had the pleasure of interviewing the makeup artist Pat McGrath in Beijing, and she suggested these tips to incorporate some more color into your look: 

  1. If you’re a Chapstick kind of girl, start with a bright gloss. It’s sheer and adds fullness to your lips, too.

  2. Another low-maintenance way to wear the trend is to use a lipstain. McGrath recommends Cover Girl’s Outlast Lipstain, which comes in several colors from red to plum.  It’s like a Sharpie marker that you use on your lips. I highly recommend the hybrid gloss-stains, like YSL’s  Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres and Tony Moly’s Magic Tint – both formulations are glossy but lasts for hours.

  3. The original – and the boldest way to wear the trend is with a bright matte formulation. They say it’s a high maintenance look, but my friends in the industry attest to the staying power of MAC’s Ruby Woo lipstick (apparently it’s also Angelina’s favorite shade), and NARS’ Cruella Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.

As with all trends, the best way to make the trend work and not add years to your face is to keep the rest of the face simple – minimal blush, eye makeup, and foundation otherwise, it will hark back to the makeup of the ‘80s. 

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