True story: It was 1994. I was in my second year of college at Davis, and I’d become full-on obsessed with the idea of wearing a dark, almost black, matte red lipstick, but I couldn’t find the color at any of the drugstores in town.
It didn’t help that Davis was a small town out in the middle of nowhere. No, seriously, it’s pretty built up now (they have a Gap!), but back then it was just farms and cows as far as the eye could see.
Cutting-edge makeup (for the time) was not easy to track down.
Eventually, I realized that I probably wasn’t going to find what I wanted on a shelf. I was about to give up when, one day, inspiration struck!
With a black eyeliner, I lined and filled in my lips, and then layered my darkest red lipstick on top.
I ended up rockin’ that look so hard to chem class, you don’t even know.
Today that same trick with eyeliner on my lips came in handy again while I was getting ready.
So, I’ve been wanting to try something like that Goth-ish look from Lorde’s Tennis Court video. In the video she wears a striking look with eyeshadow in a cat eye shape, with white liner on her lower water line and a dark, dramatically delicious purplish black lip.
Since there isn’t a lot of color on her eyes and cheeks, it puts the focus firmly on her lips.
Gah! I love it.
The eyes? Super easy. I used a few MAC neutral eyeshadow staples (Bamboo, Soba and Cork) to create the lifted, cat eye shape.
Wouldn’t you know it, though? The ONE TIME I needed the white eyeliner that I hardly ever use, I couldn’t find it, so I used a pale beige eyeliner on my water lines instead (Rimmel Scandaleyes in Nude).
I didn’t do much with my cheeks. Just some light contouring (using MAC Give Me Sun Bronzer) and highlighting (Becca Opal).
Last, but not least — the lips!
I really wanted them to look dark, almost black, so I ended up using — yup, you guessed it — an eyeliner, MAC’s Pro Longwear Eyeliner in Strong Willed ($19.50), a matte plummy black.
First, I prepped my lips with a lip balm to help the liner apply smoothly. Then, I lined and filled in my lips.
To get a crisp edge all the way around (really makes bold lips pop), I took MAC’s Chromagraphic Pencil in NW25/NC30 ($16), a flesh-colored multi-purpose liner, and outlined just outside my natural lip line. Then I carefully blended the edge with a pencil brush.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,