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Party On With Frosty Pink Pastel Lips

  • posted December 30th, 2011
  • Beauty

If you’re a girl who likes to make a statement with a look-at-me shade of lipstick, and your most trusted go-to shade is fierce glossy red, you may have been disappointed to notice that the rest of the beauty world has caught on to the trend, making your signature red lips not so statement-making after all. But all the more reason to jump on an all-new trend, ahead of the pack, for lips that pop in a whole new way. While lighter lipstick shades are typically saved for the more demure beauty queens who like to keep the focus on other parts of their makeup look, this season’s bold take on frosty pink lips will have you rethinking your stance on pastels! With their opaque finish and frosty sheen, color-rich pastel pink shades manage to stand out in a way that’s a retro-fabulous (hellooo 80’s!) but somehow fashion-forward at the same time. Serve up some contrast by pairing with dramatic black liner, or with your favorite ultra-shimmery shadow to balance the opaque matte pink!

From left to right: Forever 21 Pretty Wild Lipstick in Light Pink, MAC Lipstick in Creme de la Femme, Shu Uemura Unlimited Creme Matte Lipstick in Pink 320, and Prestige Cosmetics Color Treat Lipstick in Pink Diamond.

– Alex Gambardella

Fuchsia Lipstick Is Fresh This Spring!

Fuchsia has always been one of those lip colors that I tell myself that I’ll try one day when I’m feeling extra adventurous, but somehow I never work up the courage. However, ever since Emma Stone was spotted on the red carpet with bright fuchsia lips to contrast her pale complexion and blonde locks — and the entire beauty world has been in a tizzy over the refreshing and surprisingly pretty pop of color — I have to say I’m a little extra compelled to give the color a shot myself once and for all! While Emma’s color was custom-blended with pigmented lip powder and gloss, you can create the look with minimal effort by taking your pick from one of the ultra-opaque, highly-pigmented fuchsia lipstick shades that are way hot this season! For best results (and maximum wow factor), make sure to prep lips with a primer or lip balm for smoothest, crease-free application!

Pictured above: Yves Saint Laurent ‘Rouge Pur Couture’ Lip Color SPF 15 in Le Fuchsia, MAC Lipstick in Show Orchid, Lime Crime Opaque Lipstick in Centrifuchsia, and Lancome Color Design Lipcolor in Wannabe.

– Alex Gambardella

MAC Teams Up With Nicki Minaj For “Pink Friday” Lipstick

  • posted December 1st, 2010
  • Beauty

Aside from her featured rap stylings (and sassy lyrics) on nearly every hit song on the radio nowadays, hip-hop diva Nicki Minaj is known for her wild outfits, zany wigs, and bright pink lipstick. While most of her rainbow-inspired, in-your-face looks aren’t exactly wearable to those of us who don’t have a successful debut album out, Nicki’s recent collaboration with MAC aims to bring a little hip-hop inspired flavor to her beauty maven fans; that is, if you’re willing to try hard enough to track it down!

MAC’s “Pink Friday” lipstick, which just launched on November 26th (aka Black Friday), is a creamy satin bubblegum pink shade, created to celebrate the recent launch of Nicki’s debut album of the same name, as well as pay tribute to her signature bright makeup style. While MAC is certainly not new to celebrity collaborations and shades inspired by famous faces, Pink Friday puts an interesting spin by making it available for purchase on the MAC website only on Fridays. The shade sold out in the blink of an eye on its first Friday launch, and while it’s definitely an eye-catching color, I can’t decide if its playing-hard-to-get makes it more intriguing, or just more trouble than its worth. What say you — is it worth jumping through hoops at the start of the weekend to get your hands on this Nicki-branded shade?

- Alex Gambardella
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