Gloss·a·ry – Vampire Chic
By Michelle Carney

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 to bordering-on-black.

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.

As UK-cool as it is hard to pronounce, Illamasqua Lipstick ($20 at 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?




Rae Cosmetics has two moody, vampy shades from the coven. Lip Lust Lipstick in Vamp and Lucky Lips Lip Gloss in Moody (both $18 at 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.

If 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 at 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.



For 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. Click here to find a retailer near you.

Because 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.



The gloss•a•ry is PrettyCity’s monthly roundup of all that glitters from our own wand-toting shimmer expert, Michelle Carney. Tune in each month for the latest and greatest in pout perfecting products utterly devoted to your sparkly, sexy and oh-so-shiny lips.  Please contact Michelle Carney with story ideas or product suggestions

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