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A Bold Pink Lip at DVF

DVF Spring 2011 Beauty Look. Courtesy Getty Images

Recently, I watched a video of Diane von Furstenburg’s Spring 2011 collection.  The clothes were beautiful with flowy Grecian drapery, bright colours and lattice work prints – very jetset does the Mediterranean sea…on a yacht, with a giant sunhat and a glass of champie…isn’t life glamourous??  Now that we have only just begun to layer on our knits, we can’t go to that fabulous, far-off, future spring fashion place yet (until Resort, of course).  

However, we can take inspiration from DVF’s Spring 2011 Beauty Look perfected by James Kaliardos for MAC.  Recalling the Andy Warhol portrait of the 70’s luminaries of Bianca Jagger, Lauren Hutton and DVF herself, Kaliardos said the look is a “popping pink-orchid-fuchsia pigment meant to look like a Warhol silk-screened lip. It’s a symbol of femininity.”  Ooh la!  Me too, please!!

Fabulous right? Diane reclining in front her Warhol portraits. You're saying, "I wish she was my mother."

Let’s re-create shall we?

1.  Jump In the Deep End – Personally, I have forgone lipstick in favour of gloss for the last decade.  But I have had pangs to return to my matte lipstick and so it is written.  Although DVF utilized the pencil Process Magenta followed by an application of Neon Pigment in Magenta Madness, you can try variations depending on your skin colouring.  The MAC pros are lovely and ever so helpful, so try as many hues until you get the right one.  Obviously, the effect of the look is meant to be ‘bamm-shaa-pow!’ you can do something a tad less electric.  Although I thought I would love the ‘Del Rio’ of my youth, it wasn’t pink enough so I chose ‘Captive’ a striking fuschia-pink.  

2.  The Perfect Line – Using a lip pencil in the same hue, start drawing the outline at the bow of your lip out to the corner of your mouth (do the left, followed by the right).  The key is to ensure symmetry and fill in where you have gone crooked.  Press your lips together and the top line you just drew should form a slight outline on your bottom lip.  Use this as a guide to trace the bottom curve of your lip.  Fill in your entire top and bottom lips with the lip pencil – this will create a great base for your lipstick to settle and will ensure an opaque lip.

3.  Fuschia-Town – Fill in with your chosen pink lipstick either by applying with a brush or directly from the tube (heavier application) and then blotting with a tissue.  You can apply a second coat if you notice streaks.  Keep the rest of your makeup minimal and perhaps use a few coats of black mascara for that doe-eyed look.

Voila!  Lips so bright and feminine (subliminally sexy), it will have co-workers, grocery store clerks, construction workers, suitors galore asking, “Won’t you take me to…Funky Fuschia-Town?”

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1 Alicia { 10.01.10 at 7:21 pm }

i recently purchased 2 matte nars lipsticks that i have been experimenting with! i love the pop of pink in the first photo and diane looks so fabulous laying on that couch… ah. great blog!!

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