How To Pull Off Blue Lipstick

How To Pull Off Blue Lipstick

If you’ve ever scrolled through Instagram and felt inspired to pull off a crazy lip color like blue, green, grey or black—you’ve probably felt somewhat like the expectation/reality comic below, at least the first time you tried it out.

Credit: C. Cassandra

Unconventional lip colors are taking over—and not just on social media. Not long ago, I attended a small, intimate press event and one of the other beauty editors was rocking an electric blue lip at 10am—and I mean rocking it. Hit up any nightclub or bar on the weekend and you’ll be seeing at least a handful of blue or black lips sipping cocktails and looking fierce. This futuristic look is so trendy now and if you’ve ever wanted to try it out, there are a few tips to keep in mind that will help you not only pull it off, but look totally badass while doing so.

By keeping the rest of your face glamorous, the look will come out more chic and pretty rather than scary. That means keeping the skin flawless, yet fresh, and eyes defined with a feminine touch. If you’re feeling it and want to go for some dramatic eye makeup and a killer contour too—by all means… but this simple-yet-chic approach is for someone feeling a little more hesitant.

Don’t forget—the #1 tip to rocking a crazy lip color? Confidence. Wear it like you mean it. If you thought red made you feel powerful—wait until you try blue.

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    Starting off with a flawless base is really important because redness, blemishes and other imperfections can really be in the spotlight. We already know you’re not going for a natural look when wearing blue lipstick, so get that complexion looking flawless (but still alive).

    I used L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation ($17) in 202 Creamy Natural to even out Alex’s complexion while still leaving the skin with a healthy, lively texture.

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    Next, I used Lise Watier Teint Lumière Perfecting Concealer ($30) in Naturel to cover any dark circles under Alex’s eyes. Keeping a healthy, bright complexion is key to pulling off any crazy lipstick color so make sure to hide those blue-ish undereye circles.

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    Sculpted cheeks add definition and intensity to the look, giving it a more glam finish. I used Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Contour Powder ($75, in a new Dark shade that is available in September) to contour Alex’s cheeks, focusing the powder the most at the perimeter of her face and blending inwards.

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    I wanted to give the complexion a little bit of color to keep it lively and youthful, but I didn’t want it to compete with the lip color. I used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo ($57) in Flesh & Fantasy, which gives the most natural flush I’ve ever found! The color is perfect—not too pink, not too peach—it just looks natural.

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    I added a tiny bit of glow to the tops of the cheekbones with the Cover FX Enhance Click Highlighter ($24) in Bubbly. I simply swiped it directly onto the cheekbones and blended out with my finger. Once again, this soft glow adds some extra life to the skin while keeping that glamorous feel.

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    I applied a creamy beige shade from the Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette ($58) all over the eyelid to neutralize any redness or veins on the eyelid. This gives a brightening effect to the eyes while still looking completely natural.

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    Next, I lined the upper lashline with the Clinique High Impact Custom Black Kajal ($21) in Blackened Black. This formula us incredibly pigmented and soft, allowing you to softly smudge it out and have a slightly smoky effect.

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    I topped off the eyeliner with a little bit of the black shade from the same Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette palette to set it and give a completely matte effect. I also used the angled brush to bring the eyeshadow out into a subtle cat-eye at the outer corners of the eyes.

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    Finish off the eyes with a couple coats of mascara on the upper and lower lashes. Here I used the Clinique Lash Power Flutter-to-Full Mascara ($28). Softly defining the lashline and creating a bright, even base on the eyelid is all you need to do to balance the bold lips without competing with them!

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    Defined brows are also really important for this look—they give structure and balance the face out. Since Alex has great eyebrows already, I used Benefit Gimme Brow ($30) to add some fullness, but you can use whatever eyebrow product you need for your arches.

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    Now it’s time for the lip. You might want to line your lips first to sculpt the edge (a gel-pencil eyeliner should do the trick since you probably won’t find many lip liners in the shade you need). The one thing about bold lip colors that makes them challenging is that they aren’t forgiving at ALL. Take the time to get clean, sharp edges because any bumps and smudges will throw the whole thing off.

    I used Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick ($27) in C603 for Alex’s bold lip look.

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  • Finished!
  • Finished!

    Good luck, be creative and of course, have fun! You can always wash it off and try again.

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