Holiday Lip: Velvet Neon-Pink Lips (Magenta Madness Pigment)
Who says bright shades are for summer?
I’m a huge fan of electric lip colors for their ability to act like a megawatt lamp on most faces, and hot pink is the new (edgier, happier) red for me.
However most of the formulas I’ve tried leave you with a horrid, deep red stain that makes wearing a paler, sheerer lip almost impossible after that. Now if that bothers you to no end, you might want to stop reaching for the lipsticks and start reaching for the matte pigments.
Step 1: Apply a soft cool pink lip pencil to your entire lip. If you find it hard to get even or opaque coverage, apply a matte lipstick and blot. (I’m using NYX Dolly Pink pencil.)
Step 2: Do what they do on the catwalks and use a fluffy brush to dab a neon, matte-fuchsia pigment (try MAC’s Pro Magenta Madness) over the entire lip, coating the base color evenly. If you want a super bright look, it’s important that your base is not too glossy or creamy, as anything with too much lubrication in it is going to grab the pigment and darken it to a deep rosy magenta.
[Pic source: makeup4all.com]
Note: It’s more likely than not that you will make a mess at this point so do prepare for it.
Step 3: I suggest cleaning up around the edges with a Q-tip dipped in makeup remover as the dust would have made your lip line quite “fuzzy”, or else using a slightly deeper lip liner than I did, and don’t go right to the edges when you’re applying the powder. This way the edges would still be very defined.
You will like this if:
- You want to stand out. No shrinking violets here!
- You want to stand out on camera. This not only photographs insanely well, but I believe it is also black-light responsive, as most neon pigments are. If you want craaaaazy lips at a club, this is for you.
You won’t like this if:
- you have flaky, or chapped lips
- you don’t like the feel of a very matte finish
- you have a cut or sore on your lip
- you are afraid of bright pink
(You can also use softer pressed shadows like Urban Decay, as these have less fillers and will tend not to become “muddy” when applied over a dryer base product, but just be careful if you need to re-dip your brush. If you have lip product on it, it can ruin your lipstick. Hence, pigments are usually the best for this purpose.)
- Matte Red pigment on Red pencil for a real red velvet look
- Metallic Purple on Black liner (not for the faint of heart)
- Metallic brown pigment on taupe liner
- Bright matte orange on nude/natural liner
- Any other variation you find fun!