Beauty Note: Kiss & Makeup



When it comes to lips this season, the fall 2011 runways were a bit two-faced. While many designers such as Missoni, Gucci and Diane von Furstenberg lead the pack with bold bordeaux lips, others including Chanel, Alexander McQueen, 3.1 Phillip Lim and Stella McCartney countered with contrasting pouts in shades of nude.


Red lips also made an appearance on the runways at Jil Sander, Miu Miu and Ralph Lauren. Needless to say, the fashion frontrunner is definitely Missoni’s rich merlot, plum tinged lip.

While bold is beautiful, it is also intimidating. The best way to take your lips to the dark side is by keeping the rest of your makeup understated. I prefer bold lipstick for evening outings. Burgundy pouts are particularly ideal for girls’ nights. I can assure you, vampy red pouts are not exactly date friendly. Need I say total man-repeller? And no girl wants to see her man sporting a Missoni kisser either… Anyway, I love to wear a deep red lip with winged eyeliner. It’s a classic look that’s perfectly glamorous and appropriate for nighttime.

To get the “it lip” of the season, try the lipstick Missoni models donned during the fall runway show: MAC lipstick in Media. Apply the lipstick with the same steps listed in this red lip tutorial. And voila–rich, sultry, fashion-forward lips are yours in a snap.

Are you going to give this bold beauty look a try?

XO Lauren

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Photos: Total Beauty,
Categories: Beauty Note, Fall Fun, Primp
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  • Melissa Panici

    Oh this is so hard because I love trying all of your tips! I’m so shy when it comes to red lipstick or any kind of red for that matter! I might try this though:) If I do, I will let you know how it worked out!!:)

  • Kimmy S

    Oh la la! I love these posts. It’s always fun to hear what’s happening in the world of high fashion. I am def going to give this trend a try… Maybe even this Friday night! Thanks, Lauren!

  • Emily Wells

    Clinque’s Black Honey is also a great burgandy shade…it’s my favorite. You apply a little for day and apply heavier for night. I always get compliments on it.

  • Makeup by Mara

    I love a vampy dark lip, especially around the holidays!

  • Trisha Massmann

    I’m loving the bold lip trend! My favorite is a mark. shade, Lipclick SPF 15 in Glama! It’s sheer but buildable, and I’m hooked :) You can shop online in my eBoutique and use promo code WELCOME for free shipping on your first order!

  • Shaden Abu-Hammad

    Reminds me of Twiligh for some reason 😛 but still it looks nice :)

  • Shellz

    lol @ the above comment! im more of a pink and nude lipstick gal!

  • caroline Deutsch

    The problem with this kind of lipstick, is that no skin imperfection are allowed or forgiven when worn!

    This usually emphasize my pimples on top of that every time a zit shows up, it is ALWAYS the wrong place (and not to mention the wrong MOMENT!), in the middle of my chin, right in the middle of my nose or on my forehead…. (Well I have a bang so I can hide this one!!) To me this is pretty only for someone having a perfect skin! AND someone that has confidence because it stands out!

  • Christina Ho

    I usually eat my lipstick off so it hasn’t been practical for me to wear it. LOL But I LOVE doing nude lips!

  • Tiffany Ramlall

    I love this look but I don’t know if it suits my complexion. I am Guyanese and have a brown skin tone.

  • samah AS

    yes, i’m going to give it a try. i love to try something different!!

  • Afton Williams

    Great post! I don’t think it’s vampire-like at all… It’s very chic! Fashion is all about taking chances and trying out new styles–and the same goes for beauty trends : ) I’m going to give this a try once it gets a little cooler… maybe for a night out with my girls like you suggested!

  • Parisbluepizza

    Will try it. Always been on the safe side. This will do the work. Thanks! for sharing :)

  • debora f

    yes! i love red lip for night and nude for day

  • Erin Thorpe

    I tried this look for a wedding this past weekend. The dresses were navy blue and it looked really good with that color.

  • Leonore Jurado

    I love wearing dark lipsticks…burgundy, red, dark pinks…or magenta… its hard to find the perfect pinks though… but right now I’m starting my Fall with violet and plum lipsticks and burgundy evenings… 😉

  • Sarah Little

    I think I will definitely give it a try soon! I’m attending a wedding this weekend, but can’t decide if it’s too much for “”wedding guest makeup””. I may just go for it, while definitely “”keeping the rest of my makeup understated”” =)

  • Madison Roberts

    thanks for the tips!!!!

  • tinamarie

    i’ve always wanted to try to do a bold lip. however, i feel like it’s too much upkeep to do one. maybe for the holidays i’ll try (:

  • Kimberly Reed

    NO, I like more natural…even 60s pink or natrual colors…sometimes a dark shade can look too “”OLD””..or victorian..

  • AJ B

    I wish I had the courage to try bold lip colors. My lips are total bubble lips and they look crazy with lipstick on them!

  • Elisabeth Morales

    Si, ultra sexy

  • Alexa Aavarinne

    I actually tried this look! Kinda bold, but I really like it! :)

  • Kirsty

    I’ll be trying this out love a bold lip especially with winged eyeliner very glam. Like switching it up evey so often

  • Melissa mould

    I’m loving bold lipstick at the moment … I’m rocking the extreme pink colour from Clinique xx



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