We’re a day late and a dollar short, but let’s ignore that and extend yesterday’s big beauty holiday, National Lipstick Day (July 29th)! As people do with holidays of such importance, we’re going to get all up in history and then we’re going to ask you to let us know your favorite lipstick… starting with some of the hottest lip hues for summer 2014.
Lipstick throughout history has had its highs and lows. Like that time Queen Elizabeth II of England commissioned her own shade of red-blue to match her 1952 coronation robes and dubbed the royal color “The Balmoral Lipstick” after her Scottish country home. Or that time in 1770 that the British Parliament passed a law allowing for the annulment of a gals marriage if she dared to wear cosmetics before her wedding — ’cause makeup was reserved for prostitutes. (*sigh)
Starting with Cleopatra, who is long rumored to have started the lip paint craze by crushing ants and carmine and mixing that with beeswax to color her lips, the popularity of lipstick and ebbed and flowed through the ages. The painting of the pout was seen as a status symbol during the Roman Empire with everyone — gals and guys alike — painting their pouts to indicate their awesomeness. We wonder what they would have thought about the 1915 Kansas legislature, who introduced a bill that would have made it a misdemeanor for ladies under 44 to wear makeup, as it “created a false impression.” (Cue a collective eye roll.)
Today’s style set loves their lipstick, lip balm, lip stain AND lip gloss — starting with a strong ebb and flow in the popularity of the classic red pout and ending with the vast palette of fluctuating lip color, texture and coverage — from sheer to matte and back again. And what’s not to love? Lipstick can do everything from make a bold statement or simply accentuate (or even refine) the natural beauty of a lady pout. Some of the current top picks for a summer 2014 pout include the classic red and a bold palette of bright pinks, purples and oranges, and as fall 2014 takes hold, we’re likely to see more lips painted with plums, browns and the ever popular neutral and nude glosses and balms. And what fun it is to switch up your makeup routine with new tube of lipstick — makes a gal feel nice, right?
So let us have it? What lipstick, stain, gloss or balm is on your current favorites list?
Oh sure, you can don that crimson party dress, or heart print blouse, but if today of all days you’re not seeing red — in the form of a pretty painted pout or manicure — you’re doing something wrong.
Red has long been the color du jour for nail lacquer, lipsticks and gloss, and never more so than now. From wine-inspired burgundy and plums shades to candy-colored hues, red is the go to for of the moment glamour — and the bevy of color options can leave a gal simply breathless. In the spirit of the day, we’ve sourced a few red carpet and runway looks featuring red manicures and lips to L.O.V.E.
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There’s little doubt that a bold lip is the current accessory du jour — especially for that flurry of pre- and post-holiday social events. But simply slicking it on straight from the tube isn’t the best way to keep the look through dinner. So here’s today’s tips to ensure that your gorgeous red lipstick stays put.
Dry, flaky lips are a hazard of the season, and your elegant matte textured lipstick will only serve to emphasize the malady. Exfoliation is the answer to pulling off a heavily painted lip. Try using a lip scrub, washcloth, or even a soft toothbrush to buff away any dry skin 2 or 3 times a week to keep your lips flake free.
Ensure that your lips stay nice and soft by applying a lip balm immediately after exfoliation. Give your balm time to moisturize your lip by leaving a thick layer of it on while you’re applying the rest of your makeup.
The most important step towards long-lasting color is properly applying a lip liner. Blot your lips of any excess lip balm and then line your lip lightly with the same shade as your lipstick. Continue to fill your entire lip area with the liner to give your lipstick a nice solid base to adhere to.
Next, go over your entire lip using a lip brush coated with your chosen lipstick. Using a lip brush will ensure both accuracy and a nice solid finish.
To really set your color (and to turn any lipstick into a matte finish,) set your lipstick with a light dusting of translucent powder using a fluffy eyeshadow brush.
Follow these simple steps and you’ll find your bold red pout with be picture and party perfect through dinner, drinks, and beyond.read more