Featured Wear It, Work It — 24 April 2012
Lookin’ for a Kiss, Vol. II: Pink With A Wink & Some Kink

By Lisa Somerset

Hot pink lipstick conjures up a lot of images — Barbie, Angelyne, bubblegum, and our Orange County sisters — but let’s kill all of these right now. I’m here to present you hot pink as the lipstick for the modern ultravixen. Pink lipstick shouldn’t be dismissed as sticky sweet, it’s voluptuously feminine. Everyone knows we love a bold red lip but hot pink can be a fresh spin on the traditional lip focused look. It’s a shade for the fearless, you have to really feel it to wear it.

Eons before we had artistry brands of makeup available at our fingertips, I remember buying a tiny vintage lipstick in a gold floral case on the Venice boardwalk. The lipstick had gone rancid a million years before and it smelled like rotten crayons, but as a true budding makeup queen I wore it anyway because I loved the cartoonish pink.

Luckily, now my gentle readers don’t have to risk any kind of toxic poisoning to achieve this look. We have many hot pinks and fuchsias to choose from, let me share with you my top ten picks for a vast sea of styles and skintones.

These lipsticks can be made to werk with lots of looks, pair them with big sunglasses for a trip to the farmer’s market or you can wear them glossed up with a colourful eye on a night out for an 80′s extravaganza.

10. NARS Schiap – A long time favorite of makeup artists and duckfacing for their lives chicks on Instagram. (Ha! -LL) This is a semi-matte, shocking pink named for the innovative designer Elsa Schiaparelli, whose signature colour in her fragrance and designs was bright pink.

9. Stila Long Wear Lip Colour in Exhilarating – A neon pink that comes in a slim, automatic pencil form. This is one of the brightest shades in the bunch, so if you’re looking for extra strength pink try this one.

8. Lime Crime Centrifuchsia – This is a little bit more on the reddish fuchsia side, so it’s an easier transition for red addicts. Lush colour, feels moist and has a heavy pigment load, even leaves a slight stain behind. I promise I didn’t mean for that to sound dirty! The one thing about this lipstick that drives me a little scatty is the packaging. Stubby purple plastic tube with stuck-on holographic unicorns. Not my thing but I’m willing to overlook it for a great colour. Also check out Countessa Fluorescent from this same brand for a more milky, pepto flavoured hue.

7. Hourglass Fever – Veers a little bit more towards a purple tinged fuchsia. This English brand makes their lipsticks paraben, sulfate and pthalate free. I love this shade, the purple in it gives it a little more bounce to the ounce.

6. Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense 36 – A fuchsia with a lot of muscle, this is a creamy satin formulation. Bright and flirtatious, it’s heavy on pigmentation. MUFE’s lipsticks have 50% more pigment than traditional lipsticks.

5. Illamasqua Eurydice – Love at first sight for me. I am a big fan of this brand and this is part of their new collection. Eye popping pink with a bluey undertone, this is ultra vibrance at it’s best. Matte and full coverage, this would be a higher up the list if it were just a teensy bit more hydrating. On colour alone this is dreamy.

4. Giorgio Armani Beauty Rouge d’Armani Sheer Lipstick in Ecstasy Pink 500 – Hot, roller-girly pink. This is their newest formula, the polymers make it lock moisture in and keep the colour on (unlike traditional gloss that wears off quickly) Like the colour that a pink lollipop would leave behind. Think of it as fuchsia on training wheels.

3. Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Natural 31 – These balm style lipsticks are good for someone who has either super dry or lots of lines around the lips. Have no fear Tyrone Biggums, you too can wear pink doll lips. This is a cheerful, flowery pink with a long wearing high polish.

2. Yves Saint Laurent Provocative Pink # 10 – My love for YSL lipsticks knows no bounds. The delicate gold case wrapped around the glorious pink lipstick makes this drool-worthy even if you were to just look at it and never wear it. There’s no disappointment once you try this on, it’s a fashion lover’s electric pink with a hydrating finish.

1. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics lip tar in Anime – Wheeee! This is my number one choice for the brightest and most obnoxiously gorgeous hot pink out there. Pure pigment, this provides full coverage/high volume for any lip tone. Lip Tars come on strong and a drop is all you need. This is the purest pussycat pink.

Are you thinking pink now? Plastic fantastic fuchsia lips say so much more than, “I’m A Barbie Girl in a Barbie world,” these days don’t they? (Yes, they do Miss Somerset! We rocked them just last week at Diamond Dogs. PS: We are wearing “Backstage Bambi” lipstick by Kat Von D in the pic. -LL)

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