BAZAAR's beauty expert reveals the tricks and must-have products behind the prettiest hair and makeup looks on the red carpet. From Harper's BAZAAR
The modern lip, so red and so big, brings a catch 22. You want a bright, bold, statement look, but most lipsticks are drying and chemical-filled—so much so that they can actually contribute to aging.
What is your red of choice? You want something that evokes this season’s statement trend, but also works to best complement your skin tone. Here are our expert's suggestions.
Gwen Stefani has had more looks in the past twenty years than most people have in a lifetime. From Orange County skater chic to Harajuku girl, punk princess to princess bride, the only thing that’s remained consistent is her platinum hair (minus brief experiments with pink and blue) and her bright lips. As a host on The Voice, the newly divorced mom of three boys has been experimenting with more ladylike looks—white gowns, structured jackets, classic pumps. Her off-duty style, however, remains pure Gwen, from denim jumpsuits to ‘90s hammer pants and bright accessories, it’s very possible that absolutely no one has as much fun getting dressed as the pop-star.
The internet is full of beauty trends. Heck, we’re guilty of posting some of the most outrageous ones here. But when it comes to actually trying these out in the real world, sometimes you have a draw the line. Here are 11 of the most recent trends that while pretty, might not be worth the effort.
From a passionate red statement lip to sultry smoky eyes to gilded lids, these are three sophisticated styles you can easily recreate immediately.
It’s not easy but it can be done — just ask Mary Phillips. The longtime makeup artist of Jennifer Lopez was tasked with creating all of her beauty looks for her hosting gig at Sunday night’s American Music Awards.
Uma Thurman wearing Chanel Le Vernis in ‘Vamp’ for Pulp Fiction. (Photo: Miramax) Chances are you first fell in love with Chanel’s Vamp (called Rouge Noir overseas) nail polish after spotting it on Uma Thurman in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction in 1994. The color made its debut on the fall/winter Chanel runway that same year and the black-red shade quickly became a must-have, taking the place of classic reds and baby pinks that had long been the manicure go-to. Chanel Le Vernis in Vamp.
Every woman should have a natural shade of lipstick that she can swipe on without looking in the mirror. When shopping for the perfect no-mirror lip color, I suggest going barefaced. Use your natural lip color (not your skin tone) as a guide for finding your go-to nude shade of lip color. It should enhance your natural lip color without looking too obvious. The most flattering shade will either match or be slightly darker than your lips.
Brown lipstick is making a comeback, like many other ‘90s trends. With brown lipsticks (and other ‘90s trends like lip liner, Manic Panic, and crop tops) flying off retail shelves, I reached out to celebrity makeup artist Jamie Greenberg (she glams up stars like Rashida Jones and Kaley Cuoco) on making brown lipstick look hot, no matter what your skin color. “Brown lipstick was very late ‘80s, early ‘90s and it’s made a big comeback!” says Greenberg. It’s sort of bringing back the trend, but with a cool, new edge.” Greenberg says the key to wearing brown is looking for a shade with a more-wearable undertone rather than a straightforward brown.
Lipliner doesn’t mean ‘90s dark lines. (Photo: Jon Paterson) I never thought I’d say this, but lip liner is back in a major way. (Thanks, Kylie Jenner!) If you wore makeup in the ‘90s, you may still be having scary flashbacks of bad lip liner.
Paris Hilton goes goth at a gas station. Photo: Splash It’s been a hot minute since we’ve sung the sartorial praises of Paris Hilton. Style-wise, the hotel heiress (and former employer of Kim Kardashian) seems to be almost permanently stuck in 2002. From passé boho getups to low slung skinny jeans, Juicy Couture sweatsuits and all pink everything, she’s not exactly the style icon 2015 has been thirsting after.
The new ‘Drake’ Lipstick is part of the Tom Ford Lips & Boys collection. (Photo: Tom Ford) Tom Ford is adding one more lipstick to his Lips & Boys collection: Drake. The new shade in honor of the rapper will be released as part of the second annual collection of lipsticks named after the important men in Ford’s life. Drizzy fans will be able to snag the mini sized tube as part of the 50 shade collection on October 30 — mark your calendar.
Birchbox launched its own cosmetics brand called LOC (Love of Color). (Photo: Birchbox) Many women (and some men) love Birchbox, the monthly beauty box service that delivers on-trend well-curated samples right to your door. Since its launch back in 2010, Birchbox has grown into an e-commerce shop for unique products from a variety of brands — both mass and indie — all housed under one destination. As someone attached at the hip to my computer, online shopping has become both a habit and occupational hazard.
How to get a perfect red pout this fall. (Photo: Jon Paterson) I am someone who wears red lipstick all year round, but there is something about the fall air that makes the color feel extra appropriate for these cooler months. That is probably why we saw so many brick red pouts on the fall runways, from Dolce & Gabbana to Carolina Herrera and Phillip Lim. Of course, finding and applying the perfect brick red lip requires a little bit of work, so I asked two of my favorite makeup artists, Fiona Stiles (her clients include Emily Ratajkowski and Elizabeth Banks) and Lisa Aharon (she works with Florence Welch) to give me their tips and tricks for nailing red lips.
Genius collab alert: Jem and the Holograms hair dye by Manic Panic. (Photo: Manic Panic) As a child in the ‘80s, I was far too young for punk hair, wild makeup, and nightclubs — that came later. In the mean time, I lived vicariously through Jem and the Holograms. I tuned into the cartoon show before school to watch the friends turned rock band kick ass on stage, tackle serious social issues, fend off a rival band of mean girls (the Misfits) and look truly, truly truly outrageous all the while.
Sofia Vergara thinks nude makeup can be boring and unflattering. Sofia Vergara is a red carpet pro, but even she would be a little nervous about prepping for her wedding day, right? The 43-year-old Modern Family star and CoverGirl spokesperson is treating her upcoming nuptials to Joe Manganiello like any other big event.