Yoo-hoo, brides to be (and make-up fiends). Why not try a berry stained lip for your big day. It’s a look that I’ve always been extremely partial to and, when miracles occur and I do get round to applying a bit of colour on my kisser it’s the darker, more dramatic shades I reach for. I’m not advocating you go all Bride of Dracula, but think more along the lines of romantic heroine meets chic urbanista with punk leanings. For the finish, I’m 100 percent in the camp of matt over gloss or a creamy texture – anytime. It has that ‘undone’ look that I’ve always been a fan of. Plus a matt finish helps to achieve the ‘stained’ look perfectly – you know, the kind of painted-on-effect lips we had as kids after rubbing blackberries and raspberries and strawberries onto our lips and pretending it was lipstick (or is that just something I did?). A quick sidebar on matt vs creamier finishes. I do have a few lippies with a satin finish because the colours appealed to me, but they weren’t available in matt. To get the stained effect, I usually just apply by dotting it on with my fingers and then smoothing out. While I love matt, I hate lips that feel too dry, which is why I religiously carry around a tub of Carmex and, after I’ve applied the lippie, dab a teensy bit over my lips for a barely visible moisture lock. Matt is not a problem though, as most good make-up brands ensure their matt lipsticks are also moisturising.
If it is a more lush look you’re after and matt feels a bit too ‘everyday’ rather than ‘the big day’, then take a tip from make-up artist (and über genius) Pat McGrath, who for the latest Dolce & Gabbana runway show, applied a blend of classic cream lipsticks in two reddish berry tones to the outer parts of the models’ lips with a brush, then finished with a matt shade in a deep ruby on the Cupid’s bow and the center of the lips, resulting in what she called a ‘rich, plump effect.’
Tried and tested…
All of these colours are in my make-up bag and I swear on my pout that they deliver on the promise of sassy stained lips!
I love, love, love, love. love this pot of colour from Lush. Plus it’s ethically manufactured and smells divine too
Revlon ColourBurst Matte Balms in Shameless and Standout have a really wearable semi-matt texture
I’ve used The Body Shop’s Lip & Cheek Stain since I was a ‘youngin and it still works for me
My absolute best and a total classic
MAC in Rebel and Pure Heroine. Both goodies
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks in Chocolate Cherry and Raspberry