My favourite trend by far for fall 2016 was the rich red (and in some cases, black) lips offset by luminous skin. All you have to do is look at the perfection that was the Rodarte show to see why. If that beauty look was a Snapchat filter, it would be all over my face. Sadly, replicating the look IRL is a lot harder than swiping on a filter. I’ve never really felt like I was meant to wear a darker lip. I struggle with imposter syndrome–I’m not cool enough, it’s so much more out there than my personality, etc, etc.
The Be Bold With Beauty Campaign
Recently, I flew to Whistler, B.C. to learn about Shoppers Drug Mart’s Be Bold With Beauty campaign, which is all about going outside of your beauty comfort zone. It consisted of a week of dares (physical ones like ziplining and taking a chairlift up down from Blackcomb Mountain and of course, beauty ones like trying your one beauty never). Aside from skipping ziplining (nope, can’t do it), I was mostly up for the challenges. When it came to my beauty never, I asked for a bronzed face, which involved me going up 1.5 shades darker and getting that all-over sun-kissed look.
The Be Bold With Beauty campaign, which takes place from August 13th to September 9th, is made up of 12 different looks you can try. Out of those looks, the Statement Lip seemed like the most obvious choice for me, given my frequent hemming and hawing about whether I can actually pull it off. And who better to help me feel bold than makeup artist Simone Otis (who’s worked backstage during NYFW and knows a thing or two about bold lips)? When it came to getting my actual look, I told her, “Make me look like a Rodarte girl!”
Getting the Look
The trick to making the statement lip modern is to keep the rest of your makeup minimal. I had a bit of foundation on and that was about it. Simone skipped the blush and just focused on creating a precise lip and loads of lashes. She decided to play with a purplish red and mixed one or two lipstick shades to get the final shade. But her shortcut for me when I try and do it at home: use Urban Decay’s new Vice Lipstick in Disturbed, which will do the trick. To nail the shape, she recommends using a lip brush instead of applying the shade straight from the bullet. Final step: coats of mascara (she used Smashbox X-Rated Mascara on me). And voila, she helped me get an attainable version of Rodarte.
I was reminded of a recent conversation I had with Lilly Singh aka Superwoman. A lot of that hesitation we have about wearing certain types of makeup comes from us automatically deciding something isn’t for us without even trying it. But when you do, it changes something in you. That night, I wore that dark lip like I’ve been wearing it all my life.