Take heed, shopaholics! If you plan to dive headlong into the Black Friday fray next week (November 29), steer clear of anyone roaming retail halls with a ravenous twinkle in their eye…
Case in point:
I know this because it’s a lesson I learned the hard way (of course). Years ago, on a dark and stormy November night…
OK, not really, it was daytime, and the weather was fine. But it was during a particularly vicious Bebe sample sale in South San Francisco. A woman with this exact same look on her face walked up to me and pulled a skirt I was holding from my hands.
Shocked, I stood there with my mouth agape for about five silent seconds before my cavewoman instincts kicked in. I was about to run her down and stab her with one of my knitting needles (I’d been standing in front of the store for hours to get into the sale, during which time I finished knitting not one, but two, scarves). Thank goodness I came to my senses and refrained.
So yeah. Watch out for those hard-core shoppers, man! They don’t mess around…
Hopefully, online shopping won’t be that traumatic this year. If you plan to do any cyber-shopping on November 29, swing by the MAC website, because that’s when and where the new MAC Hautecore Friday Lipstick goes live.
The brand-spankin’ new matte black lipstick will be available exclusively online that one day only.
MAC calls it their first true black matte ever — something to consider if you like looks that are outside the box.
I think black lips can look really, really cool, especially if you dress the part with hair and clothes that echo a moody vibe.
That’s what I tried to do today… I’d hoped Hautecore Friday would be an opaque jet black that I could scare my neighbors with, haha!
And ya know, it is pretty dark, but I wouldn’t call it true black. On me, I see a deep, blackened purple.
I also expected it to be a flat matte, but I see a hint of shine.
It’s still neat, though. I definitely like how smooth it is, and it’s not as patchy as other black lipsticks I’ve tried.
When I wear it to walk Tabs/freak out the neighborhood children later today, I’ll probably line my lips with black eyeliner first to tone down the purple…
So what could one wear with black lipstick? Lots of things, but I turned to Lorde’s Tennis Court video again. In the vid, she wears a striking matte black lip, but the rest of her makeup is stripped down and minimal. Here’s another version I recently tried.
If I wanted to make Hautecore Friday a dramatic focal point of my look, I’d keep the colors on my face very neutral, do some light contouring, and finish with a single bold element on my eyes, like big lashes, thick brows or cat eye liner (but not all three, because that might be too much).
I would probably also dress up my skin by doing something formal, like a full-coverage foundation and matte powder, because on me, I feel like dramatic lips like this can look unfinished, or a little off, if my skin looks too casual.
Hautecore Friday goes on sale Friday, November 29, for one day only, on maccosmetics.com. Knitting needles not required.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,