Besides his amazing makeup skills and depth of knowledge on everything beauty, another reason why we love working with celebrity makeup artist Larry Yeo is his (often brutal) honesty. When you need someone to tell you your foundation colour is wrong, or your K-pop inspired brows are ridiculous, he’s your guy. So buckle up for #TuesdaysWithLarry, where the makeup maestro dishes out beauty tips, tricks and advice with a big spoonful of sass and spice.
First things first, I am not a fan of the Kardashian-Jenner Klan, and the madness that revolves around Kylie Jenner’s lips and her new Lip Kits baffles me.
The Lip Kit colours remind me of the ’90s, specifically ’90s TV — think Friends, Seinfeld, Saved By The Bell and Murphy Brown. My good friend actually whipped out lipstick she’s kept for 20 years since we were teenagers, and said, “Oh my gosh, this colour is so back on trend!”
To be clear, I’m not against it. I’m for the Lip Kits because it brings the all-important (yet often forgotten) lip liner back into the current consumer’s radar.
It also teaches the younger generation (those who did not live through the ’90s) to match their lip liner to their lipstick, or at least use the former to define the lip shape before layering on lipstick.
I’m just horrified that most people think it’s okay to use those lipsticks alone without creating a polished finish for the rest of their face, or worse, slather too much foundation to hide their natural features just to showcase that lipstick.
The thing is, those shades might not work for all of us.
How the lipstick will look on you is dependent on these factors:
1) The thickness of your lips
Those with thin lips just won’t look good in these brown-nude shades, unless you are excessively drawing beyond your lip line (like those done for the models who walked Alexander McQueen’s Fall/Winter 2009 runway).
2) Your habits
If you’re constantly licking or biting your lips, the lipstick applied will be wasted. Licking and biting your lips will break your lip makeup up and the lippie will look like dried-up-and-forgotten curry-stains on your lips.
3) Your base makeup
Your brows, your foundation, your hair style and your outfit all play a part in bringing the full look together.
4) Your teeth
Those with coffee or cigarette-stained teeth or genetically darker gums might find that some of the lip shades bring out more unwanted hues and make teeth look yellower.
5) Your lip colour and texture
Caking foundation or concealer on your lips to mask its original colour so that the Lip Kit colour will stand out isn’t the right way to use lipstick.
If you layer too much product, your lips will resemble the many layers of plaster on the walls of your home; layer too little your lip’s undertone hue will affect the lipstick application. If the Lip Kit is too yellow-toned, your whole face will look washed out and jaundiced.
What you should remember is that these ultra-matte or liquid lipstick type products aren’t new. Be it the K-pop gradient lip or the Kylie Lip Kit, these colours and the application methods have been around for a long time. There are so many offerings from so many different brands; you don’t have to stick to one particular one, or go crazy trying to get your hands on the Kylie Jenner Lip Kit or paying hundreds for it on eBay.
Here are some amazing alternatives to try:
1. M.A.C lip liner (Kylie Jenner famously used the shade in Spice) and Retro Matte liquid lipstick
2. Make Up For Ever Aqualips lip liner and Rouge Artist Intense lipstick.
3. NARS Pure Matte lipstick and Velvet Matte lip pencil.
4. YSL Rouge Pur Couture The Mattes lipstick and Dessin Di Levres lip liner.
5. Shu Uemura Tint-In Gelato and Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte lipstick.
6. Urban Decay Gwen Stefani lipstick and lip liner (these are stunning!).
7. Marc Jacobs Poutliner Longwear lip liner pencil.
8. Kat Von D Everlasting liquid lipstick.
9. Tarte Tarteist Creamy Matte lip paint and lip crayon.
10. NYX Full Throttle lipstick and Liquid Suede Soft Matte lip cream.
So go forth, slap on some lip balm and grace your lips with different possibilities. You don't have to stick to one product, all colours can be replaced.
Remember, it’s just lipstick.
Pictures: Alexander McQueen and @kyliejenner via Instagram
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