Don’t miss this » Gothic statement lips in red and black

The cool thing about October being a beauty blogger is that you’re totally allowed to throw whatever on your face, whenever you want to. Not so much with the wherever, but two out of three’s not bad. And then, to top it all off, (because everyone else can technically the whatever-whenever thing,) you get to label it as “work” instead of “whimsy and a lack of impulse-control.”

Anyhow. Here’s a step-by-step photo tutorial to on gothic statement lips, aka “we already did blue and violet ages ago so let’s use red and black and maybe throw some purple in there.” Because everything is better with burgundy and violet. Everything.

Read the full tutorial (albeit with less photos and much less nonsensical rambling personality) here on She Said Beauty. 

Start the look with bare lips and contoured, just-flushed cheeks…

Then give yourself an unsightly pinched mouth with lipliner (and, okay, eyeliner).

Fill out the shape in colour, blending as you go —

And top with gloss!

My job is more fun than your job. 

(This would be way funnier if my job took up less hours a week and actually paid, but instead it’s like the monster of a class that you’ve decided was a good idea to audit: all the work, all of the readings, and all of the hours, but with none of the rewards.)

(Okay, some of the rewards, but only the ones that that fall under the category of “intrinsically rewarding.” Not the ones that can go on your CV or buy you ice cream.)

This look is much less fun without the lip.

Products used

EYES: Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Graphites, which I swear I’m actually starting to get over, despite evidence to the contrary; MAC Matte2 Eye Shadow in Blanc Type, which I am never going to get over; Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil in Licoriche, which I use every day and yet, somehow, do not have an insane and terrifying love for.

LIPS: Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Mulberry and Midnight Black, Marcelle 2 in 1 Retractable Eyeliner in Amethyst, Paula Dorf Lip Pencil in Tapestry.

PLUS: Whatever mascara and clear lipgloss you have on hand! A sheer gloss would totally work, too, but a really pigmented one — not so much.

Paula Dorf Tapestry, Marcelle Amethyst, Mulberry, and Midnight Black.

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  • Reply Rute Lopes

    not something i would wear, but it does look amazing! :)
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    October 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM
  • Reply messywands

    It totally could go on your CV, just sayin'
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    October 15, 2012 at 9:46 AM
  • Reply projectswatch

    Wow, I love this so much! Must try.
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    October 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM
  • Reply Anonymous

    Great job!! :D any suggestions for helping prevent the drying element of using eye pencils on the lips? when i play with eye pencils on the lips, i find it can be extra drying.

    October 15, 2012 at 10:49 AM
  • Reply Musing On Beauty

    I LOVE!!!
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    October 15, 2012 at 12:04 PM
  • Reply Joana

    This is outstanding..I love the play of colors!!

    October 15, 2012 at 12:13 PM
  • Reply Make-up Compulsivo

    Ohhh I so love this :D

    October 15, 2012 at 1:12 PM
  • Reply claire

    that I call vampy! :) I think it looks gorgeous on your skintone as well. I agree: whenever, whatever but not wherever :D
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    October 15, 2012 at 1:32 PM
  • Reply perilouslypale

    Need those Marcelle liners now! That look is fabulous on you! You must find an occasion to wear it out!
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    October 15, 2012 at 2:46 PM
  • Reply @undefined

    This is such a fun look. I wish I could pull something like that off! My lips are so big

    October 15, 2012 at 3:14 PM
  • Reply Margo

    This is the most gorgeous thing I have seen in a long time. It is so dark and vampy, but yet a little creepy and I just love that kind of stuff. Looks flawless on you, great job!
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    October 15, 2012 at 3:43 PM
  • Reply Tiffany

    OMG. This looks amazing!
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    October 15, 2012 at 5:51 PM
  • Reply @undefined

    This is absolutely lovely! And it doesn't even look costumey. <3

    October 16, 2012 at 5:20 AM
  • Reply Lily

    WOW!!! Understated without the lips but those vampy lips of yours give that kick. Will it sound weird if I said you have full pouty lips juicy enough to eat?

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    October 17, 2012 at 1:57 AM
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