It’s time to say buh-bye to the summer lovin’ tangerine lipsticks and pucker up for something a little more serious. Badass lip colors like plum, burgundy and wine dominated fall shows from Proenza Schouler to Missoni to L.A.M.B. Yeah, we’ve seen deep lips before. So what makes this rendition so special? It’s all about application.This season, makeup artists are shading the lips rather than slapping an even coat on the entire mouth. For example, at Proenza Schouler makeup artist Diane Kendal blended MAC lipstick in Charred Red with MAC eye shadow in Carbon. Then she dabbed the color on lips with her fingertips, applying with more intensity at the center of the lip. Check out this backstage shot of the makeup look.Whether the inspiration for these bloody shades comes from America’s obsession with vampires or some other trend that will inevitably come and go, the fact is, cosmetic companies have churned out some fabulous dark lipsticks that are far from goth. Here are my lipstick picks that make this season’s bold lip ultra wearable and chic.
From left to right, Nars lipstick in Rouge Basque, Bobbi Brown Lip Color in Black Raspberry, Estee Lauder Pure Color Gloss Stick in Midnight Bloom, Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick in Gwen (69).P.S. If you’re thirsting for a new red, head to Sephora. From now until September 15th, $1 of every qualifying red lip purchase, up to $25,000, will be donated in support of The Beauty Bus Foundation. It’s a Los Angeles-based non-profit that enhances the lives of homebound, terminally or chronically ill people and their primary caregivers by treating them to a day of beauty.