August 19, 2008

Shocking Pink Lips

Ever since Gossip Girl started last year, I've been getting more encouraged to try out more makeup. One of the things that I've been inspired to try out is shocking pink lipstick. I tried to find pictures of Blair Wardolf wearing bright pink lipstick but I can't seem to find any (-ignore the fact that Leighton Meester's lips aren't exactly bright pink in the picture.) Maybe I just imagined her having bright pink lips. Anyway, by chance, I got hold of a free bright pink lipstick, which is way too sparkly for my taste but hey, it was free so I feel the duty to at least experiment with it. So here's some research into how to wear it:

Bright pink lips seemed to be pretty popular on the runway in S/S07. In the Diane von Furstenburg show, the look seemed to be basically bright pink lips with pale, clear skin and natural-looking mascara. Note the tiny bit of shimmer on the inner corners of the eyes. Also, note the hint of gold/ orange in the inner edge of the lips.

Solid, matte bright pink at the Bradgley Mischka S/S08 show. The other makeup used seems pretty similar, except there is more blush used here, and the skin is not as bright and perfect as in the DvF show.

Then things got much more dramatic on the Christian Dior F/W08. The pink lips are glossy and the brows are heavily painted in. The foundation on the skin also seems a lot of powedery.

So when I actually try out this look, I'll probably go with something very similar to the DvF S/S07 look, but without bothering with the gold in the lips. While I think bright pink lips looks cool and edgy and girly in magazine editorials and on TV, I'm still not sure how bright pink lips actually work in real life. My main question is, do people actually wear shocking pink lipstick in real life?


Blogger LaCouturier said...

i've seen some ppl wear bright pink lipstick...some punk, some for dance recital purposes, and others who decided to wear it on the street. i've seen some ppl pull it off amazingly; i think it works best on those with slightly bronzed skin (lipstick withe a blue undertone? bright pinks with an orangey undertone look best with fair skin.

8/20/2008 7:38 AM  
Anonymous Angel said...

I wear pink lipstick on days when I can't be bothered to do anything spectacular with my eye make up. Just remember if you do use bright pink, keep everything else simple. The focus is on your lips, so your eye make up should be simple, or else it'll just be too much. Mascara and/or perfectly winged out eyeliner (for a more retro, and interesting, in my opinion, look) with bright pink lips is perfection. It's just enough on the eyes to balance out the bright lip, and not at all plain. It's perfect for a breezy and sunny spring/summer day.

The most important thing is to wear with confidence.

8/20/2008 9:09 AM  
Blogger Bostonista said...

I haven't tried it yet. I'm still trying to get up the confidence to rock a red that I just bought but I think bright pink can definitely be wearable! So long as the rest of your face is plain and the only dramatic thing is the lip color! I think it would be really fun to wear at night!
Gossip Girl/Blair Waldorf has inspired me a lot in the past year in different style ways too :)

8/20/2008 9:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love wearing bright pink with a blue undertone. It looks great on asian skin with black hair and a tan. AND I have been wearing this look since 2004. Every spring after a tan, I bust out my MAC Profusion lipstick colour and I feel instantly glamourous during the summer months. The tan and dewy look compliment the bright pink. At times I tone it down with a more netural lipstick like MAC chelsea.

8/20/2008 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Sassy said...

I sometimes wear shocking pink lips, but not in day time:)

8/20/2008 2:41 PM  
Anonymous BlueBonnie said...

I have very pale skin and wear a color pink similar to the first photo. I love the contrast and even if it looks a little abstract in person, I get a lot of compliments on it. The shade I use is by Smashbox- the label is scuffed so I can't read the name of it (I use it often)- but it has this great moisture strip in it so even though its a matte texture, it's just the right amount of juicy.

8/20/2008 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Youxi said...

pink lipstick are in today.... I see many models or party girl...these lipstick make the women more pretty example is the 2nd model...^_^ she looks so lovely...

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8/20/2008 4:03 PM  
Blogger Sa said...

I have just had a desire to wear peach lip gloss I dyed my hair (blonde to brunette)and my whole make up has changed!

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8/20/2008 6:52 PM  
Blogger Cyber Serendepity said...

I love bright colors and hot pink lipstick is my favorite for the summer!

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8/20/2008 7:16 PM  
Blogger Ana Banana said...

i love bright pink lipstick but you have to have super white teeth to pull this off, in my opinion.

8/20/2008 10:54 PM  
Blogger Juliet said...

I'm always too shy to try any color on my lips. And it sucks. Now that I have moved I guess I could be a bit more brave.

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8/20/2008 11:39 PM  
Anonymous Motorokr said...

Pink lipstick is coming back, and coming back strong!

8/21/2008 5:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i used to be really shy in trying out bold colors on my face. But i got really bored with the natural-toned earthy colors i usually go for so i decided to try it out with MAC's Girl About Town.....delish! I never thought it would look nice on my complexion! I spend hours on the display counters at MAC its the only place i would consider buying fun colors for my lips =)

8/21/2008 6:27 AM  
Blogger Knikki said...

I stick with my naturals... Nothing that sticks out too much, but still looks girly.

8/21/2008 8:07 AM  
Blogger Amelia said...

I love this look and wear it all the time. Keep the rest of your face basic (some black liquid liner and mascara looks great). Think of it as similar to a cherry red lip.

8/21/2008 8:18 AM  
Anonymous ooh la la said...

after you posted this, it makes me want to try out this look too!

8/22/2008 8:37 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

My favourite lipstick is "Schiap" by Nars. It's about as shocking pink as you can get, named after the woman who make the colour famous.
I'm a redhead with pale skin, and I wear it with gold eyeshadow for a bit of warmth. I think it's an edgy, sexy look, and stands out more than the standard cherry red.

8/25/2008 3:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love these bright shades. When I wore that color lip to school last year, everyone looked at me like I was crazy. I think they just weren't ready for me. My grandmother wears this shade everyday. It just adds pizaaz to any outfit. She wears "Girl About Town" by Mac.

8/25/2008 3:25 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

Three coats of Benefits Posietint looks amazing for a day time look. It's a really amazing pop of colour, just make sure your lips and nice and moisturised :]

8/30/2008 5:39 AM  
Blogger missnerdy.bookworm said...

I once tried on it at a cosmetic emporium, and it looks okay, but too girlish for my taste. I opted for the gloss with exact same color, but my mom wouldn't let me have it.

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