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Don’t miss this | A vampy lip look, inspired by the 2012 Met Gala

For this week’s She Said Beauty look, I wanted to do something based off this year’s Costume Institute Ball; something with the dark, vampy lips that were so popular on the red carpet. It’s not your typical Spring lip, but I love a moody red – they’re really striking, but (for once!), the high-impact look requires very little in terms of eye makeup skills, making it easy & accessible. 

I swatched a number of different products to pick my vampy shade, and I thought I’d share the swatches with you – after all, my idea of the perfect plummy-red isn’t everyone’s! For something with more brown in it, I liked the MAC Plum + Rimmel True Vintage combination; for something lighter and more neutral, maybe try Bobbi Brown Rose + MAC Desire.

Lipliner swatches, left-right: MAC Plum, MAC Vino, Paula Dorf Tapestry, Bobbi Brown Rose.

Lipstick swatches, top-bottom: MAC Desire, Rimmel True Vintage

In the end, I went with MAC Vino underneath MAC Desire – I liked the intense, plum-bitten red tones of Vino, and Desire (a sheer, Lustre-formula lipstick) toned it down just enough to take it from bright to vampy.

Strangely enough, though, the real star of this show was Maybelline’s Illegal Length Fibre Mascara. I’ve been testing it out the last few days, and I’ve been really impressed – I’ve been getting some smudging by the end of the day, but for super-long, defined lashes, I think it might just be a hit.

It doesn’t do much for volume, but to be totally honest – paired with a good, black liner, I’ll take long lashes over “volumized” ones any day.

Products used

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 Translucent.

LIPS:MAC Lip Pencil in Vino, MAC Lipstick in Desire.

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  • Super gorgeous Rae!! Wow, the lipstick is the standout in this entire look! =]
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    • Thank you, Stephanie! :) And yeah, it's quite a standout lip colour, isn't it? /swoon

  • i really need that vino pencil, quite nice! this is a LOVELY look on you
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    • Thanks, Vonnie! Vino is a total must-have — I think it would look awesome on you! :)

  • Love vampy on you. I've been testing mascaras lately and it's the most miserable freaking thing ever. I HATE mascara. Why??? I have yet to find one that doesn't smudge or flake like crazy.
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    • <3 thank you darling! I'm sorry to hear you still haven't found a mascara that works for you :( I think my sister's using (and LOVING) Clinique Naturally Glossy right now – have you tried it? Her eyes are really sensitive to parabens, too, but she hasn't had a problem with any of the Clinique eye products thus far!

  • toyarosie

    The juxtaposition of your porcelain skin and vampy lip is stunning, Rae!! You look lovely :) Any suggestions on how to wear this with a dark complexion? For some reason I find it just doesn't come across as well, boo.

    Also, point taken about using a good liner/technique and going for length with mascaras!
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    • Aww, thank you <3 Try choosing a more saturated shade to make it pop – a blackened cherry red, for instance, will stand out more than a brownish berry. And make sure to prep the lip <em>area, too! A nude lip primer underneath the colour, sharp edges around the lip line, and a bit of hilighting on your cupid's bow should do the trick ;)

  • You have such a gorgeous face. You look really classic and a bit 1920'.
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    • *blushes* Thank you, lovely! I don't really feel like I look very 1920s, but it's still nice to hear :p

  • milktea

    That is such a genius method for swatching lipstick blends! I can't wait to play around with my lippies like that!
    normally, I mix lipstick colors based on sight and look in the mirror to see if it works. Thanks! :*:)

  • adriana

    Are you going to try the maybelline BB cream? I got it in a sample and it worked really well!

    • I wasn't planning on it, but everyone keeps saying such great things about the formula — so I might just have to give it a go ;)

      Thanks for mentioning it to me! I'll be sure to post a review & comparison if I pick up a tube.