Thursday, March 10, 2011

Back in Black

Originally, feature films were only available onscreen in black and white. Makeup artists had limited colors to choose from to create looks, but one of the most popular was, of course, black. But in times of HD color, black lips have evolved beyond just the silver screen.

Goth culture has probably popularized the deep matte black lips usually seen on rebellious teenagers, but it's actually a more sophisticated look to accomplish than you may think. The dry texture in Illamasqua's black lipstick Pristine, melts like a cream on contact with lips, but the full coverage will set almost immediately. Caution; place it perfectly the first time, straying outside the lipline will stain and linger all day. Unless you want to look like you don't care at all...take that society! $22.00

From rebellion to the runway, many a Fashion Week has featured the black lip but in a shiny, full-on glossy finish. A cream formula from Mattese Elite offers up Bite Me, a tube of rich dark pigment in luxurious, vitamin E infused shine. Loaded with heavy emollients to keep pouts hydrated and essential oils to keep that creamy finish glistening, this tube offers medium coverage that can be layered to look laquered. $10.00

A cream formula from FACE Stockholm offers significantly less pigment but is ideal if you're not accustomed to strutting on the catwalks. The aptly named Black looks like a stain that compliments even the palest of complexions. Layered over any other color, including reds, will create depth and a richness perfect for everyday strutting opportunities. $22.00

Lipstick Queen offers up the same effect with a glossy finish in it's Black Tie Optional. A slightly tack-y formula, this pot of gloss should be applied sparingly and over a cream formula lipstick or just plain lip balm. Slick in formula and sheerly pigmented, mix it with bright tones or neutrals to create deeper, glistening finishes. $22.00

Glossy or matte, sheer or full coverage, black will remain a constant in makeup kits everywhere. With multiple textures and shades to choose from, they incorporate perfectly into your full color world.

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