Berries. Wine. Fruit. I've heard all of these things used to describe a stained lip. (And obviously I prefer wine—who doesn't?) But the point is the same: we're after the colour and texture you get on your lips after consuming them.
Hands down the most gorgeous version was at Rachel Zoe (whut?!). That's her show in the pic above, and this one too:
This is my kind of makeup! Perfected skin, a flush of colour on the cheeks and then a berry stain that doesn't look lipsticky at all. More like the girls just came in from the cold, or had been (duh) drinking wine. Except without that horrible blackened rim you sometimes get on your lips when you actually do that.
Notice also how the colour is focused at the centre of the lips, instead of uniformly applied:
That was also a recurring theme in New York—I suppose an evolution of the whole Ombré lip trend we've seen in previous seasons, such as at Gucci last fall. I think, too, it's an evolution of the dark, vampy oxblood trend that was big through 2012. That basically flattered 10 percent of the population (see: Camilla Belle) and then made the rest of us look like reject Goths. The berry stain is one thousand times more wearable.
I'll post a more detailed how-to soon, but the colour that makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury used to get this lip look was Maybelline New York SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in Wine And Forever:
Out now for $9.99 each; click here to learn more and purchase.
Another great version of the stain was at Bibhu Mohapatra:
This is the same model as above, so it's cool to see how the look can change with just a few tweaks. Here, it goes more evening with a gorgeous, heavy-handed application of bronze shadow all over the lids.
(Are you into the eye makeup? I so am—and we're going to have to talk about that later.)
But back to the lips. This was another Charlotte Tilbury show, and she used the same exact product here: Maybelline New York SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in Wine And Forever. Yay for the drugstore!
Here's another pretty pic from Bibhu:
Don't you love?!
And now I've gotta show you the look from Oscar de la Renta. Makeup artist Gucci Westman actually did FOUR different lip looks for the one show—very cool—but this is the one that's most relevant to today's topic. It's the "gypsy" look:
Wowza! It's extreme, but I'm kind of mesmerized by it. And this model pulls it off so well—she actually looks gorgeous.
Like I said, we need to talk about that extreme eyeshadow later... and the lip's extreme too. Always remember that they exaggerate things big time on the runway to make a point. So we can take it from this that the stain-in-the-middle thing is really happening.
The products used here were Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry:
Out now for $9.59 each; click here to learn more and purchase.
And Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm in Midnight. (Think it's the darkest one on the right.)
Out now for $10.99 each; click here to learn more and purchase.
Of course, totally get it that the Oscar lip could be too much for you. So last example is from Derek Lam, where the stain is more wearable:
This was the work of makeup artist Tom Pecheux, who used a mix of brown, maroon and burgundy to create a "saturated stain." So, still intense but the placement is all over the lip, which most of us are a little more comfortable with.
Two of the products used don't come out 'til August: Estée Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick in Burnished Bronze and Estée Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Electric Wine.
The third was an eyeshadow (Estée Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paint in Sinistera), a step that I take you'll be skipping at home!
Are you into this lip look?
Which show makes you swoon?
Do you have any fave products for getting the ultimate stain?