If there's one thing we can learn from Rihanna, aside from staying away from men with the initials C.B. and keeping our Insta pics G rated, it's that bold lipstick can work just as well in real life as it can on the runways and red carpet. Yes, RiRi is a celeb, so is probably more inclined to get away with wearing outlandish pigment on her pout, but that's not to say you can't swipe on some insane shade and rock it in a big way. Green, blue, burgundy and vixen red — here's how you can become a certified lipstick chameleon like bad gal RiRi!
Exhibit A: The red lip - A bold red lip can be the ultimate exclamation point to your look. You could be sporting the rattiest jacket, but team it with a rouge lip and BOOM, suddenly you're all 'look at me with my fancy makeup!'. Plus, if you choose a red with a cooler blue undertone, it'll contrast the yellow in your teeth and bring out the white, making your teeth appear brighter. How cool is that?
Exhibit B: The blue lip - As we can see here, Rihanna's matte blue lip is entering Smurf territory but doesn't it just look oh-so-rad balanced out with those big, fluttery lashes, a touch of bronzer and perfectly groomed brows? Slam dunk! I love that she's completely fearless when it comes to her makeup, because there really aren't many of us that wouldn't think twice about reaching for a blue lipstick. If you're one of the few that would wear this look, make sure you evenly apply your blue color so there are no clumps (which will look freaky!) by using a napkin to lightly blot your lips. This will prevent any excess product from smearing onto your teeth too, because blue gnashers aren't really a pretty sight. And with so much going on around the mouth, it's also a wise idea to keep the rest of the face makeup down to a bare minimum.
Exhibit C: The burgundy lip - I've had an absolute ball playing with this year's dark, moody lippie shades. Berry, black orchid, plum, bordeaux, burgundy — they're all the rage, and they exude an almost gothic feel which is huge for 2014. But if I'm being honest, they can be a real biatch to apply. A tip: apply the color with a brush to keep it neat and polished, and layer on the pigment depending on how deep you want the colour to go. It's also a wise idea to use a lip pencil in small strokes around the mouth to help define the shape of your lips and keep the colour in one place, just be sure to choose a shade of pencil that blends well with your lipstick. Top it off with similar berry-brown tones on your cheeks to add warmth to your whole face, and complete the look with a backwards cap, plaid top tied around the waist and loads of attitude.
Exhibit D: The green lip - This is a definite throwback to the 90s (TLC, anyone?), and I think it freakin' rocks (okay ... maybe not the hair)! If you want to make metallic green kissers work for you, use a lip primer to get the hue to stay on longer. Green can have the uncanny ability of highlighting imperfections so swipe on a chapstick prior to lipstick application so your pout is nice and smooth and bump-free. Anytime you wear a bold lip it draws attention to your mouth, so it's always important to follow this step before creating your masterpiece. To neutralise the tint of your lips and make it slightly more subtle or matte, you might want to apply some foundation to your pout before the lipstick itself to stay modern with your totally out-of-the-box lips.
Here's a (grainy) #selfie I took a few weeks back of my bold plum pout. I find that matte lipstick tends to dry out my lips, so I've applied a dark berry gloss in the middle of my lips — it's also a great volume booster! What do you think?
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