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 2020 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 Makeup For Ever HD Pressed Powder over top.
Step 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.
I 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 Maybelline minerals, Volumizing Mascara, in Black.
Step 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.
Step 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.
Tada! Summer goth, plus a little cloth flower clip I got while I was in France. From Claire’s. Which they totally have in France.