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Get The Look: Met Gala 2012-Inspired Vampy Lips


One of the looks that really took flight after this year’s Met Ball was a dark, vampy lip. Seen on stars like Camilla Belle and Kate Bosworth, the shades of the statement lip ranged from chocolate brown hues (Belle) to blackened burgundy-reds (Bosworth). Paired with fresh skin, a neutral cheek, and strong brows, the dark lip is a far cry from the usual translucent nudes and pinks of Spring, but it makes for a fantastic (and fantastically simple) evening look.


Get The Eyes

To balance out the dark lips in this look, try a translucent shimmery lid with smokey charcoal-grey liner. Instead of focusing on the lids, focus on the lashes – pick a lengthening mascara rather than a volumising one, or reach for natural-looking (but long) false lashes.

For this eye, I used all four shades of Clarins’ Graphites Eye Quartet Palette  for a simple, weightless lid. First, pull the shimmery silver through the whole lid, creating a translucent base. Then, apply the highlighter to the inner corner. Finally, use the darkest shade to line your eyes with a soft, smokey charcoal–the pointed applicator included in the palette is great for this, surprisingly,–and blend out the liner with the medium-grey.

To finish the eye look, fill your brows with light, feathery strokes, and add false lashes or mascara.

Get The Skin

To keep the look fresh (and, more importantly, to keep it from ageing you), try applying a medium-coverage foundation with a satin or satin-matte finish after cleaning up your undereye area. Add more coverage only where you need it with concealer, then set the makeup with translucent powder.

Then, to add in “glow” where it’ll have the most impact, apply a luminiser on the tops of the cheekbones, the cupid’s bow, and the browbone. If you’re using a liquid, apply it before your powder; if you’re using a loose pigment or pressed powder highlighter, apply it after.

Finally, add colour to the cheeks with a matte burgundy-rose or warm brown blush – either shade will add contour to your face and keep you from looking overly flushed.

Get The Lips

For a bold lip like this one, fill in your pout last – if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably track burgundy all over the rest of your face if you try to do it first!

Prep lips with a hydrating lip balm at least ten minutes before adding colour (I tend to do this first, before the eyes and skin), then remove any excess once you’ve finished your base. From there, the application’s all going to depend on what products you choose – a liner will be the most precise, for instance, but they’re typically quite drying, whereas a sheer lip colour will (typically) move around quite a bit more, without delivering the same colour intensity.

Whatever you do choose, make sure to keep the colour sharp around the edges, using lip pencils, lip brushes, and concealer as needed. For medium to dark skin tones, try a blackened chocolate or deep burgundy shade; for lighter ones, try reaching for something with a bit more colour (like a wine-stained shade) to keep it from washing you out. And above all else, make sure to use a colour that you love! Confidence is more flattering than any makeup product, and it really does show.

Featured in this look

EYES: Clarins Wet & Dry Eye Quartet in Graphites, NYX HD Eye Shadow Base, Senna Sketch-A-Brow in Mink, Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extension Mascara. SKIN: Senna Powder Blush in Vionnet (disc; try Satteen instead), Benefit High Beam Liquid Luminiser, Marcelle Face Powder in TranslucentLIPS: MAC Lip Pencil in Vino, MAC Lipstick in Desire.

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