The Vampy Lip- Everything you need to know & 7 tips for the perfect application!
Makeup Mix-up: Vampy Vixen I am participating in the #makeupmixup which is a weekly beauty link up party hosted by Making Mrs. M & Miranda Writes. This weeks theme the Vampy Vixen. I was so excited to jump back into the link up party when I saw that this weeks prompt was Vampy Vixen. Now to those of you who don’t know about this fall trend; The Vampy lip is a lip color that is worn that is very dark. Its not anything close to your typical summer peachy pink lipstick. The vampy lip is colors like Ox blood, wine, deep reds, dark berry colors and even browns and blacks. This fall trend is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage to sport this look around town. To be completely honest I’ve been wearing a Vampy Lip since the leaves started changing. The Vampy Lip is the perfect fall statement. Its bold, fearless and crisp. Just like the weather transition we’re experience in Idaho. I like to pair the Vampy Lip with simple makeup- it’s rare that someone can pull off a smokey eye and the vampy lip without anything gettind muddled. I typically pair the Vampy Lip with simple winged liner and neutral shadows.
How to ROCK the Vampy Lip:
7 tips for the perfect Vampy Lip application:
1. Exfoliate the night before- whether your using Tarte’s Maracuja Lip exfoliant or a brown sugar lip scrub you need to remove any excess dry or dead scaly skin. Removing the top hardened layer of the lip will be so beneficial for the next days vampy lip application. Now your saying “I’m new to the whole Vampy Lip trend” so I’ll give you a few pointers when exfoliating take a small amount of product and GENTLY rub in a circular motion on your top and bottom lip making sure to get every little area. Wipe off with a warm wash cloth or makeup wipe.
2. Moisturize with a thick balm when you go to bed- After you’ve exfoliated be sure to smooth on a thick, creamy hydrating lip balm. I prefer the Vaseline Lip Therapy or Smiths rose bud balm. Be generous. Since we’ve been slightly invasive to the lip tissue we want to rehydrate and pamper those lips! I like to kiss my hubby good night before applying, because lets face it… Kyle hates his lips being slathered with lip balm. When you wake up in the morning be sure to wipe off any extra lip balm.
3. Apply your makeup before you apply your lipstick. The worst feeling in the world comes from applying your Vampy Lip and then getting your setting powder, bronzer or foundation on it. My advice: save the actual Vampy Lip application for the very last step or your makeup routine.
4. Over line your lips- or line the just on the outer line of your lips with a clear or white lip liner. Why you ask? Well its basically the same idea is the color between the lines idea. The clear lip liner is out outline and we want to place any and all color in-between those lines. In doing this you’re going to prevent feathering and it will make the clean up process so much easier! The waxier the better! You want a waxier white/ clear lip liner because it creates a physical barrier. Once applied tap lightly to blend outward any harsh edges.
5. Use a lip liner that is similar in color or darker than the Vampy Lip color you plan on applying. Carefully and slowly draw out your lip lines- whether you decide to over line your lips or simply stay within in your lip line that’s totally up to you. Note if you do over line- you’ll need to over line even further than usual with the clear/white wax lip liner.
6. Now pick your poison; crayon, liquid or a regular bullet tube. Apply it close to your lips. What I mean by this is literally hold the Vampy Lip color close to your lips. The closer it is the more control you are going to have during the application. We have the tendency to whip our favorite lipstick over our lips quickly, but with a vampy lip you need to be cautious about how much freedom your giving the lipstick. A vampy lip requires patience and concentration. You want to be in TOTAL control. So take a deep breath and apply slowly.
7. Clean up the edges with concealer. Even if you’re a pro at applying lipsticks you may want to think twice about applying your vampy lip and dashing out the door. Even seasoned lipstick wearers should be cautious- a tiny insy winsy misplacement of the tiniest bit of pigment is so noticeable! So after application take a small amount of concealer or foundation and a small detail brush like the Morphe M113 or the ELF Small smudge brush and clean up the edges- doing this will leave you with a crisp, clear un-muddled Vampy Lip.
Now after following my advice you’re sitting there in front of the mirror. Questioning why you chose such a dark color. Two things I’ve noticed with my clients. 1- It’s not as dark as you think. Typically women don’t wear dark, dark lipstick so you may be experiencing a small amount of shock. Relax, you look great. 2- Practice, Practice, Practice. The Vampy Lip is a difficult trend to master. If you don’t like the application simply take a makeup wipe and cautiously remove the lip color. Try it again. If you’re super nervous about application practice it a few times before you go to bed the night before, or even a few days before the event. I promise you look beautiful!
My recommendations for the perfect fall vampy lip:
Maybelline’s Creamy Matte- Divine Wine
Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick- Vamp or Bloodline
NYX Liquid Suede- Cherry Skies
NARS Audacious Lipstick- Charlotte
What’s your favorite Fall Vampy Lip Color?