Monday, May 28, 2012

Lipstick Bandits: Color Blocking With Summer Brights

The Lipstick Bandits are at it again my friends, and this time we've teamed up to bring you our favorite summer brights. I knew I wouldn't be able to select just one (in fact ... even the look I chose to showcase doesn't feature one), so I've selected a few of my summer favorites. Most of these lipsticks were summer 2011 favorites, and are shaping up to be equally as popular in the coming season.

The line up ...

(From left to right): YSL Rouge Volupté Perle Orange Incandescent, YSL Rouge Volupté Rose Paris, MAC Viva Glam Niki, MAC Girl About Town

For a blogger that prattles on about how much I prefer wearable nudes and reds, I think the look I've come up with may surprise you a bit. When I said I couldn't decide on just one lipstick shade, I really meant it! For a party this past summer I chose two similar lipstick shades and applied the darker (heavier) color on the bottom, and the lighter on top. By gently pressing my lips together I created a subtle gradient effect, but who am I kidding? This look is all about color blocking. 

Thanks to this photograph on Pinterest, I was reminded of my out of the box neon pout and thought I'd showcase it again. Isolated in the lip swatch below this may seem a bit much, but quite frankly the look is far more wearable than it may initially seem and I have and would actually wear it out.

(Top lip MAC Viva Glam Nicki, bottom lip MAC Girl About Town)

I don't know about you, but I think this looks like normal lipstick until--upon closer inspection--the difference in color between top and bottom lip becomes evident.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer NW30
Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection Concealer Light
NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Finland 
Givenchy Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Powder Première Croisière (Review forthcoming)

Per-fékt Brow Perfection Gel Caramel
MAC Paint Pot in Painterly
MAC Superslick Liquid Liner Signature Blue
Top Lip MAC Viva Glam Nicki
Bottom Lip MAC Girl About Town 

Don't forget to check out the (perhaps more reasonable) looks that my fellow Lipstick Bandits have created!