– Vampire Chic
You’d have to live in a coffin, never seeing
the light of day not to know that any and all things
vampire are the hottest thing in pop culture this year.
Thanks to TV’s True Blood and Vampire Diaries
and of course the “Edward and Bella” media
blitz for New Moon, goth-chic is back with a vengeance.
Pale skin, which you can get quite naturally this time
of year, and lip color that bleeds anywhere from blood-red
A word to the wise about wearing lethal lips…
These colors are dangerous – dangerous as in drinking
red wine near an oriental rug. An overzealous plunge
or a careless swipe means extra “drops of blood”
on your face or clothes. The best lip tip I can give
you – use these little bloodsuckers in the bathroom.
Now let’s get to it… Sink your fangs into
these vials of the undead.
UK-cool as it is hard to pronounce, Illamasqua Lipstick
($20 at www.illamasqua.com)
packs the drama of high fashion and the high intensity
of a chic, European nightclub into these goth-glam shades:
Poison (deep purple), Diablo (ultra violet) and Growl
(eggplant). Formulated with rich pigments, the texture
is matte but moist, so it doesn’t dry or feather.
Launched by professional makeup artists in 2008, the
UK label is a favorite of celebrities and alternative
vixens alike. Where do you fit in?
Cosmetics has two moody, vampy shades from the coven.
Lip Lust Lipstick in Vamp and Lucky Lips Lip Gloss in
Moody (both $18 at www.raecosmetics.com).
Lip Lust combines moisturizing shea butter and anti-oxidant
Vitamins A, C and E with “treatment spheres”
filled with Folic and Hyaluronic Acids for super plumping
action. And I’m loving the silky shine and non-sticky
texture of Lucky Lips gloss. Vamp is deliciously boysenberry
and Moody is like a lip-smacking grape juice without
the stain. Creator Rochelle Rae – not to be confused
with celebrity chef Rachael Ray – developed her
mineral-based cosmetics line for women with busy, active
lifestyles, so the products can hold up to heat, humidity
and perspiration. Not sure though how they hold up during
a vampire kiss.
you’re feeling the thirst, but a little afraid
to totally vamp-out, Mally Beauty has a goth-lite choice
with High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Sweet Berry ($20
The three-in-one product – a primer, stick and
gloss – gives lips a smooth base for full coverage
color and shiny gloss. The “click” applicator
allows for even distribution while the fiber tip polishes
lips as it fills in lines so lips appear smoother and
fuller. With dark shades, flaws can be hard to mask
so product consistency and precise application go hand-in-hand.
a vamp-chic look that you can wear in sunlight, try
Artistry Essentials Lip Shine in Vivacious ($13.50 at
More of a brown-berry than deep plum or purple, it’s
versatile enough for most skin tones and complexions.
The brand’s resident beauty expert, Luba Samrick,
tells us this season’s makeup trends place so
much emphasis on the eyes or lips, that no matter what
you’re craving, leave the rest of your face neutral
with a tinted moisturizer and sheer rose-colored blush.
Women of color may want to try a deeper shade of vampire
venom to make the look work. Black Opal Beauty has two
offerings for the coffin club: Patent Lips Liquid Lipstick
in Violine and Lip Liner-Lacquer Duo in Wild Violet.
Both deliver rich, deep, vibrant color with slick texture
and smooth shine. Because vampy colors can be especially
unforgiving when they bleed, a lip liner can be a nice
safety net to keep color neatly in place. Although finding
the perfect match is a whole other challenge. That’s
what makes the Lip Liner-Lacquer Duo the perfect prey.
here to find a retailer near you.
you really can’t work the vamp lip look without
wickedly matching nails, I give you my favorite vixen
polish of the season. Pixi Polish in No. 29 ($12 at
is the ultimate, deep purple shade – free of shimmer,
glitter or sparkle, just glossy shine. Developed by
Swedish makeup artist Petra Strand, Pixi polish is environmentally
friendly – formaldehyde, toluene, and DBP-free!
But no word yet if it guards against the unholy.
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