Dec 27, 2015

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How You Can Rock Oxblood Lips

Oxblood lips are HUGE this Autumn. Oxblood is the perfect color for the season and goes well with every skin tone. The beauty of this color is that it can go with anything. With the multitude of formulations, you can easily find one that will suit your needs.

Oxblood is a rich wine color- but can run the gamut from a deep burgundy to a purple red. It’s a fantastic alternative to red, though not necessarily a safer one. I like to layer my colors, using a similarly colored lipliner for staying power and more impact. We’ll get to that in a moment.

Oxblood Lips 2

There are sheer formulas, like the MAC PatentPolish in Sultana, MAC Mineralalize in Labradorable, and Tom Ford Dark and Stormy.  Sultana is a dark grape (though it has some warmth to it) that has the feel of a lip gloss, the moisturization of a lip balm, and the staying power of a lipstick. Labradorable is part of the Haute Dogs collection from MAC, and is a deep wine that’s slightly more opaque than Sultana, but has a nice sheen to it. Dark and Stormy is a glossy, semi-opaque dark reddish brown. Most of the time, I like to use MAC lip-liner in Currant, or Nightmoth, as a base.

Oxblood Lips 1

Next we have creamy, velvety mattes. I love a matte lip, but find them sometimes very drying. These particular formulas offer full coverage without the drying effect. There’s Louboutin’s velvet matte in Djalouzi, a beautiful and richly pigmented red wine. Chanel’s Rouge Noir, Nars’ Charlotte are two other options that leave lips feeling moisturized and looking flawless. Rouge Noir is exactly it’s name- a darkened red- whereas Charlotte is actually described as an oxblood burgundy.

The point is no matter which formula you choose, it’s about the oxblood color. It’s universally flattering. The execution is key.

  1. Start by exfoliating lips to get a smooth, clean palette. Try this DIY scrub that leaves lips feeling moisturized and primed for lipstick. This step can be combined with your daily face cleansing regimen.
  2. Speaking of primed, a lip primer helps keep dark colors from staining lips and smudging everywhere. It looks like a lip balm, but actually helps your color last long and keeps your color vibrant.
  3. Lip liner is your friend. I was once told by a MakeUp Forever consultant that it’s a step most people skip, though shouldn’t. I like to go with a color similar, making it really pop. You can use it to follow or create a new shape for your lips. Fill those lips in and your lipstick is less likely to smudge and feather.
  4. Choose your color, swipe it on and go. Some will suggest a fine dusting of setting powder to give lips lasting power, but I suggest throwing your color in your bag and taking it with you just in case. A girl has to eat and drink and there’s practically no way you’ll be able to keep color on after you’re done with that.

Seems like a lot of steps, but it becomes second nature. Though oxblood lips are huge for Autumn/Winter, it can easily be taken into the Spring and Summer. Start practicing from now and you’ll be a pro and ahead of the curve.

How do you feel about this beauty trend? Sound off below and let me know your current favorite lip colors!


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