Bold lip colors are my jam (proof in the photos above). I wear them often, so finding lipstick, lip pencil and lip crayon formulas that really stay put are a favorite past time. Especially now that I have fine lines showing up around my mouth — a result of drinking out of a straw all the time (a habit I’ve recently kicked).
Sunday night’s SAG Awards were all about bold lips (and ponytails, but that’s a story for another time). Paired with an otherwise fresh face or soft smoldering eye, these stunning lipstick shades are a surefire way to turn heads. Try one. I promise you’ll agree. Here are my five favorite bold lips of the night with scoop from these starlets’ makeup artists on the exact lip products used to create them.
Reese Witherspoon: Lips by makeup artist Molly R. Stern
Stern used Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in Cocoa as a base and brightened it up by applying Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Orchid Pink (launches March 2015) over top. For an “added punch,” she applied another hue: Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Vermillion Red (also out in March) to the center of her lips. She finished the look with Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in Black Cherry to give Witherspoon’s lips “depth and sheen.”
Lupita Nyong’o: Lips by makeup artist Nick Barose
Laura Carmichael: Lips by makeup artist Lauren Andersen
Andersen applied Avon Ultra Color Lipstick in Poppy Love to create Carmichael’s classic red pout.
Rosamund Pike: Lips by makeup artist Melanie Inglessis
Inglessis created Pike’s matte red lip with longevity in mind. “I used Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil #25C Orange Red to line the lips and filled in with CHANEL Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Pétillante.”
Emma Stone: Lips by makeup artist Rachel Goodwin
Which look was your fave?
Reader Question: “What company makes a good lip stain,” asked Kathy.
Answer: While it’s easy to find a countless number of lip glosses and lipsticks that suit your every need, lip stains (or great ones, anyway) are a bit harder to come by. I’m personally not a huge fan of most stains. They can be drying to the point where your lips get flaky, which causes the stain to cling on to those dry skin flecks and results in an uneven finish. Ick. They’re also limited in their shade range, and often their intensity can be more than you bargain for. That all being said, they are the still the best way to coat your lips with seriously long-lasting color. Here are my current favorites, all of which are affordable and easy to pick up at your local Target or drugstore …
Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain — I have multiple shades of this balmy stain. It goes on feeling like a chapstick, but leaves your lips tinted long after the glossy feel fades. And with 10 shades to choose from, you’re sure to find one you like.
Pixie Lip Blush — Of all of the marker-style stains I’ve tried, this is the least drying. I still prefer to top it with a clear chapstick, but it’s not essential, especially if your lips aren’t already parched.
Wet n Wild Mega Slicks Lip Balm Stain — Like the Revlon version, this balm stain goes on like a moisturizing lipstick, but stays on like a tint long after the top layer wears off. The difference? This stain lasts a bit longer, and when you initially apply it, it gives you a bit of a cooling effect. One thing to be aware of: the initial color fades into one that’s slightly different. Not in a bad way, but just something to prepare yourself for.
Carrie (my blogging partner and BFF) and I got to spend a little more than an hour together last week, which was better than nothing, but far from the amount of time we really needed to catch up. The first thing I noticed whe
n I saw her smiling face? Her vibrant red lipstick. Her and her sister Courtney were both wearing the same hue. I had to have it.
Apparently, Carrie had the same reaction when she first caught sight of the lip color, too. A stunning woman at her gym was wearing the shade while doing Pilates. Yes, she was exercising whilst wearing red lips. Pretty fabulous, eh?