This Blue Lipstick Is The Best Thing To Ever Happen To My Lips

In lieu of having my old blue hair, I have been attempting to find substitutes in my beauty regimen so I can still enjoy that particular color all the time. Blue eyeshadow looks “meh” on me, blue eyeliner overpowers my eyes and blue blush is probably not my best daily look. But then the blue lipstick trend started happening and voila! My problems were solved. I could wear one of my favorite colors without re-butchering my hair.

Blue lipstick has been making a comeback, just as many unconventional shades have been in recent years. With designers like Ann Yee sending models down the runway with cobalt pouts and supermodels like Joan Smalls wearing a rich shade at the 2014 Met Gala, it’s clear that going blue is getting bigger as we speak.

While I’ve been wearing blue lipstick at carefree gatherings like Governor’s Ball, I have been trying it out more during the daytime at normal events. I was recently at a FragranceNet event when three awesome ladies from CBS started talking to Jenni and I. One asked about my blue lipstick, wondering where it was from. I told her it was from Ardency Inn, which is a new favorite brand of mine, and she replied that it gave me a “summer goth” look. I love this pair of words, and therefore have decided to adopt it briefly (while admitting that no, I have no real connection to any goth subculture nor summer, because I’m really pale and can’t handle the sun).

Recently, we discussed how to wear blue lipstick without looking like you might have hypothermia. Today I am putting those tips into practice with a fun little blue lipstick makeup tutorial. Now, shall we blue ourselves? (No, I couldn’t resist.)

Step 1: Start with an even base. Whether you wear bright red, pink or blue lipstick, you want your skin to be as even as possible because bright shades tend to emphasize unevenness in your complexion. I used Skindinavia Makeup Primer Spray to keep my makeup in place, then dotted on Laura Mercier Secret Concealer on my blemishes and uneven patches, and finished by dusting a very light layer of Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Powder over top.

How To Pull Off Blue Lipstick For A Summer Goth LookStep 2: In order to not look like I might be sick–an already difficult task given my very pale skin tone–I wanted to make myself look as healthy and glowing as possible. If you want to go for a more intense matte-faced look, you can skip this step, but I personally like how these elements make my skin more radiant without being overpowering.

How To Pull Off Blue Lipstick For A Summer Goth LookI applied a small bit of Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 210 to my cheeks, then dusted a bit of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette in Incandescent Light on my cheekbones using the It Cosmetics French Boutique Blush Brush. I applied the lighter shade of the Dolce & Gabbana The Bronzer Duo in Natural Bronze slightly below my cheekbones to give them extra definition.

Step 3: Apply a pale, matte shade of bone-colored eyeshadow. I picked It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Pallete‘s lightest color, Sheer Joy, and used it all over my lid. Draw a thin line of black liquid liner (like Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion) across your lids, then flick it out to create a small wing. Define your eyes with two coats of black mascara on the top lashes. For this, I picked glo minerals Volumizing Mascara in Black.

How To Pull Off Blue Lipstick For A Summer Goth LookStep 4: Your brows frame your face, making the overall look more polished to balance out its unconventional flare. I used Dolce & Gabbana The Brow Liner in Soft Brown in order to define them while not giving them an overly darkened or unnatural look.

How To Pull Off Blue Lipstick For A Summer Goth LookStep 5: Use a lip primer or, if you’re feeling extra self-conscious of the lines in your lips, an eye cream. I often use ReVive Moisturing Renewal Eye Cream, as it acts like a slightly extra hydrating lip balm.

Step 6: Since trying to find a lip liner that perfectly matches your lip color will be more difficult than if you were doing, say, hot pink lipstick, use a clear lip liner instead. For this, I used Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Anti-Feathered and applied to my lip line, then filled in the rest of my lips.

Step 7: Apply your blue lipstick! I am obsessed with Ardency Inn Modster Long Play Supercharged Lip Color in Black Is Blue. It’s a rich navy shade that is the more exciting counterpart of the deep burgundy lip colors that everybody breaks out in the winter. If you feel more inclined towards bright aqua shades, definitely give Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Colour Pencil in Pool Boy a whirl.

How To Pull Off Blue Lipstick For A Summer Goth LookTada! Summer goth, plus a little cloth flower clip I got while I was in France. From Claire’s. Which they totally have in France.

Blue Lipstick Tutorial

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    • Lily Savage

      Yay, I love it! You should do a post about finding the right shade of blue lipstick.

      • Samantha Escobar

        OOH. That is a good idea. I think I am going to see how many blue lipsticks I can find, then test all of them. ALL OF THEM.

      • Samantha Escobar

        (So as one of your bosses I am really sorry that I won’t look normal at the office for a while.)

    • April Dawn Bell

      OMG I want that shade! I have a blue lipstick but it’s much lighter than that. I think that one there would look great on me.

      • Samantha Escobar

        Oooh! Which color do you have? I am now a little obsessed with acquiring a bunch :D

      • April Dawn Bell

        It’s a really dark teal, mainly dark blue with a touch of green. I found it at a discount store and bought it on a whim. It’s a brand called Femme Lipstick

    • Holly

      I’m really amazed at how unshocking this shade looks on you. I feel like usually when someone is wearing it it’s like, “Oh! Blue lipstick! How different!”, even though I think every color is a good color to wear. But this doesn’t scream different at me as much as I thought it would. Maybe you just wear it well.

      • Samantha Escobar

        Wow, thank you so much, that is so nice of you! I am still adjusting to glancing in the mirror and seeing myself wearing it, but I sort of felt like that about blue hair, too. I think anything you’re not typically used to is a little “eep!” at first.

      • Holly

        I’ve been trying to build up the courage to have colorful hair for years. I’m always the first person to tell others they should wear whatever the fuck they want, but assume that if I used some blue chalk on the back of my head everyone would run out of their front doors, into the street to tell me how I’m too fat and old for such hair. Hypocritical Holly.

    • Mouche Bonneau

      Can you recommend any dark blue lipsticks that are a more indigo rather than navy shade? I just need something slightly lighter and brighter than this. (More like Joann Smalls.)

    • Heather C

      You pull off blue lipstick way better than Joey. And that is the highest of compliments.

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