It’s fun to fantasize about getting exactly “that runway look” but sadly, it doesn’t always look as great in real life. I learned this shopping for a new lipstick color. Red lipstick is a classic for a reason, it’s timeless (my first lipstick purchase was Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door, in, *gulp* 1990). But if you’re like me and always aching for something new to try, I often look at runway beauty to give that extra dose of inspiration.
One thing that caught my eye, was the prevalence of vampy deep berry, wine, bloody colors. Now if you remember the late 90′s you’ll remember MOCHA LIPSTICK! Remember how every time Joey Potter would dress up, she would put on the mocha lipstick? Well, that’s how I felt wearing vampy lipstick. I tried all the deep purples and to tell the truth, it made me feel like an evil villain woman who would kill you, or have you killed. Dark lipstick makes me look like a lady who wears fur coats made of puppies and kittens. Not like the beautiful vamps who stormed the runways as pictured above. Bold lips I can do, bright orange, red or fuchsia any day of the week. But vamp? No, not anymore.
But then I remembered, one doesn’t have to make a one-to-one copy to be inspired.
Wandering through the beauty department, I happened upon the Laura Mercier counter. I’ve loved her tinted moisturizer, but never gave her lipsticks a chance. I saw a deep purpley-berry color called “Plumberry.” and just gave it a go. It had that deep look, but not vamp. It reminded me why pink is such a good lipstick color, it makes everyone look pretty. Being inspired by the wine colors made me open to try the world of pinks out there. This is why it’s good to look at runway images, because, inspiration doesn’t have to be literal. Besides lighter colors are easier to wear for a number of reasons, I loved how dewey the Plumberry went on, like a refreshing conditioner, and surprisingly enough, it stays on quite well for how smooth it feels. I’m surprised I haven’t heard much gushing over Laura Mercier’s lipsticks, because maybe the brand is more known for their foundations. Anyway, it’s good to add a new color to the lipstick arsenal, because lipstick always makes a girl feel better.
Lipstick: Laura Mercier Plumberry $26.00
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