Friday, April 01, 2011


We've seen it on the runway, Nicki Minaj just pursed her lips in it at Vogue's Runway2Green Charity Event the other evening. But still, Fergie's hot pink lips, barely there eyes and flawless skin exemplifies the classic Spring 2011 bold lip look for me.

I decided to test out Spring's hottest hue - these are "real deal" images, taken on my computer with nothing but the lipstick and a click of my mouse. NO OTHER MAKEUP IS BEING WORN!

Love one, love them all, you decide what's your favorite pink lip because come Monday, you better own at least one of these gems in your beauty arsenal. A hot pink lip is the "it" look to duplicate all season long.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture 07 - This was the closest the the shade that Fergie wore. It felt moisturizing, not totally matte, which is nice for Spring, and while it definitely played up the fuchsia, it wasn't an overpowering fluorescent. It had even the slightest hint of a berry tone to it.

“As we all witnessed on the runway this season, the bright lip with clean skin, clean eye and strong brow is a great representation of the best Spring trends. A look so universal it goes from day to night and from the beach to the board room." - Dell, YSL Makeup Artist

Giorgio Armani Rouge d'Armani #600 - Out of all the lippies I tested, this one has the most berry and the least fuchsia. But I still liked the color, perhaps better for those wanting something a bit richer and less bright. A great in-between for people still unsure of the hot pink lip. The creamy, moisturizing formula had a nice sheen for Spring.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense #36 -  Highly pigmented, it has the satin effect - a mix between matte and a pinch of shine. I love how intense the color is. If you're looking for bright, look no further.

Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color SPF 12 in Cosmic Raspberry #3 -A creamy color that is, again, not very matte, but, again, incredibly and intensely bright. This would be my second choice to the closest Fergie lip. It, too, has the slightest bit of berry tone dosed in with the fuchsia which completely takes the fluorescent edge off.

Nars in Schiap -It's a semi-matte, again not totally matte (but more matte than the others) so you'll get a hint of creamy sheen. This one was a "hot pink" and definitely was playing with a hint of fluorescent. It had the bold factor completely covered.

"Hot pink is always a great accessory either for day or night, especially going into the warmer seasons... When using bright pinks, let the lip be the focus and stay away from blush that will conflict. Try a more bronzed and neutral shade on cheeks." - Madge Ogbe, NARS Makeup Artist

MAC Candy Yum-Yum - A totally matte lipstick that has zero sheen and is 100 percent fluorescent. This one appears to be the closest to Nicki Minaj's lipstick that she is wearing at the Vogue event. It is the boldest out of all of the lipstick I tried (and probably the wildest to carry off!).


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