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Red Carpet Trend: Vampy Lips at the 2016 Met Gala

May 3, 2016 admin

The Met Gala red carpet featured edgy fashion moments paired with rockstar beauty moments. Grunge meets glamour, the makeup looks were all about making a statement punk-sleek powerhouse move with major icons like Taylor Swift, Hailee Steinfeld, Poppy Delevigne, Brie Larson and Rachel McAdams sporting the serious dark, vamp lip.

The vampy pout is a bold move, but it doesn’t have to be as daring as it seems. A vampy lip can work in real life scenarios to give your beauty look a little extra drama without appearing too trendy. It’s all about how you pair it. When worn with the right skin and eyes, a dark pout can have just the right amount of moody intrigue for that balance of lived-in luxe. Our Director of Makeup, Kelli J. Bartlett, shares a few key things to remember when working this trend off the red carpet:

-Choose a dark color that complements your skin tone. I love Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Damned for all skin tones.

-Opt for a matte finish as opposed to a glossy one

-Focus on really fresh-faced, glowy, natural skin. It’s all about that hyper-real radiance with creamy, shimmery highlights

-Let the lip be the star of the show. Don’t play with too much eyeliner or shadow. Leave eyes relatively bare. You could even consider forgoing mascara.

-For an even more extreme statement, try a dark lipstick like  or play around with your favorite dark chocolate or black eyeliner.

And below are my 3 key steps to create the perfect bold lip: Prep, Paint and Perfect

Step 1- PREP: First, go around the mouth with a concealer that’s the exact same tone as your skin. You don’t want a weird light ring around the mouth if you choose the wrong shade. Follow with a generous amount of hydrating lip primer such as MAC Prep and Prime, taking care to apply with precision, as the lipstick will stick where you place the primer.

Step 2: PAINT: Pick your pout color. I like a matte color that comes in liquid form so you get 100% full coverage– I love Anastasia Beverly Hills’ version. I always tell women to use a  brush (try Makeup Forever’s 226 Brush), instead of the wand.  Use the edge of your brush, so you have more control along the bow of the lip. Opt for a square brush to ensure a really crisp and exact line. For the bottom of the lips, draw toward the fleshiest part in the center. When using liquid matte color, you can really get the full coverage you want.

Step 3: PERFECT: Does your handiwork appear fuller on one side and slimmer on the other? Did you miss a spot? Just adjust, even out, and perfect with a lip pencil in the exact same shade– but be sure to sharpen it to a sharp point!