Not unlike your favorite vino, wine-colored lipstick is refined and complex, and varies on a spectrum from juicy Grenache to saturated Cabernet. You needn’t swirl, smell or sip to determine which is your ideal wine shade, though it wouldn’t hurt to swatch a few. Below, we, your lipstick sommeliers, have rounded up some of our favorite bold hues, all with a hint of drama and a lush finish.
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Psst! This Saturday, July 29, is National Lipstick Day. Not that we need an excuse to swipe on lip color of any kind (stains, balms, lacquers, glosses—we’ll literally reapply at least two of those before we finish typing this post). So what better way to honor the momentous lip-smacking occasion than to treat ourselves to a gorgeous new shade in a fancy new finish?
To help out all the lipstick lovers among us, we asked a few of our Beauty Stylists to share their current go-to formulas for a busy, social summer. Because, truthfully, every day is a lipstick day.
There’s the common adage that you know you’ve made it when you can go by one name. Dropping the surname signifies that your celebrity has reached household status.
Depending on the zip code (but definitely if it starts with a ‘9’ and a ‘0’), NARS international lead makeup artist Uzo has achieved that level of fame. Uzo chisels cheekbones on Kim (Kardashian) using a beauty blender, she gives Kirsten (Dunst) a rosy glow with highlighter and she has prepped models as super as Naomi (Campbell). So catching up with her backstage as she groomed the lovelies before the Novis show was a real delight, especially when we saw the berry-colored pouts she was painting on the models.
Uzo told us that the matte crimson and satiny magenta lips—pop-art puckers—were the real stars of this look. These high-impact mouths were set off by very polished skin and a refined smoky eye. The bold florals, plaids and color blocking of the Novis collection inspired Uzo’s equally arresting makeup.
As our fearless editor-on-the-ground, Laura Cassidy, reported yesterday from the front row of Rodarte, Kate and Laura Mulleavy’s Spring collection was inspired by The Spirit of the Beehive, a 1970’s Spanish film with two young sisters (and their charming childlike imaginations) at the heart of the story.
Runway image: Indigital Images
All Backstage Images: Masha Maltsava
To play off the youthful and dreamy vibe of the collection, James Kaliardos at NARS created a makeup look that’s fresh and radiant—but it’s not about going bare-faced. The trick is his genius combination of products to get a natural glow. Because some of these items won’t be available until February 2017, we substituted your best bets for the here-and-now.
Photos by Masha Maltsava
On the runway the models wore deconstructed button-up shirts and board shorts; backstage you could find them all in Alexander Wang–themed airbrush tees as they got done up to look like they’d just spent a day surfing on the California coast, where the sand and saltwater lovingly teased their hair into mermaid waves and the sun softly kissed their cheeks.
NARS lead artist Diane Kendal tells us how the day-at-the-beach look was done.
Let us catch you up on a handful of our favorite new things in the world of beauty at Nordstrom. From NARS’s covetable fall collection to Bobbi Brown’s handpicked favorites in one super-portable palette, here are six of the best new things out there right now.
The Marc Jacobs show has long been known as the finale of New York Fashion Week, so it’s no wonder his is one of the most highly anticipated—and buzzed about—shows. We were doubly lucky to not only get the backstage details on the look created by NARS, but to get those details from Mr. François Nars himself —the makeup legend and mastermind of the Marc Jacobs beauty look.
“Delicate, refined beauty” were the words renowned makeup artist James Kaliardos used to describe his stunning makeup creation for NARS cosmetics at Rodarte today. We immediately noticed light literally bouncing off the model’s skin, which made us wonder—it’s the middle of winter, how is skin this pearlescent even possible? That was our first moment of wonder. The second happened when we saw the gorgeous glint coming from the models’ eyes. Being the beauty girls that we are, we flocked for a closer inspection. We were delighted to see sparkle underneath the eyes and just knew: this look was our spirit animal.