City Pulse

By Abby Reid

Writer William Shakespeare once said, “Be bloody, bold and resolute.” Perhaps this is what make-up artists had in mind when creating the bold and attention-grabbing matte berry and deep hued lips that many models wore during fall 2009′s Fashion Week.

Taking a 40′s influence with some rawness and the idea of girls wearing leather jackets borrowed from their boyfriends at Charlotte Ronson, Luc Bouchard for MAC, applied a dark berry lip using his fingers to create a textured look unique to each models lips, allowing all of the focus to remain on the lips.

Backstage at Erin Fetherston, Sebastian Tardiff for Bobbi Brown applied matte, opaque shades of deep raspberry, blackberry and burgundy were deftly applied to the lips of runway models. To achieve this look, it is recommended to first exfoliate lips with a wet toothbrush or washcloth. This eliminates any dry flakes, which can be magnified when wearing dark, deep shades of lipstick. After exfoliation, apply a thin coat of lip balm to lips. Then, using a lipliner that closely matches the lipstick, line closely along the natural lines of the upper and lower lips. Following this step, you can use a dense lip brush to apply the lipstick to the lips, or apply it straight from the tube.

Because of the versatility and dramatic impact of this look, it is one best reserved for night time or special events. During the day, it is best to stick to sheer, berry toned glosses.

Originally published February 2009
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