BOOYAH! Who’s down with the brown?
How about the wine?
I’m always down with the wine…
I’m actually talking about lipsticks right now.
Yes, I have a soft spot for the colors in this last batch of new NARS Audacious Lipsticks (the wines and browns) because I spent my college days wearing these colors.
That was back in the ’90s, which appear to be having a resurgence… You know, what’s old is new again, and all that.
Now, if we were talking about the return of lacy plastic chokers, I would not be able to deal, but I’m totally down with ’90s-style brown and wine lipsticks staging a comeback, particularly ones with an interesting twist, like these seven shades here…
Instead of a flat matte ’90s-style finish, these NARS Audacious wines and browns have a dreamy, creamy finish, a super smooth texture and tons of pigment, making them 100% worthy of toting around in your little black satin backpack.
First, the browns…
The Browns: Leslie, Sandra and Deborah
Leslie, Sandra and Deborah are quintessential ’90s colors.
Deborah, a chestnut, seems like the closest one to a straight-up ’90s brown. Just add spaghetti strap dress and white baby tee to complete the ensemble.
Meanwhile, Sandra and Leslie may look like they’re twinning, but upon closer inspection, they do have their differences. Reach for Leslie if you want something redder, and Sandra for something deeper and richer.
If you’re unsure what to wear with your brown lipsticks, you could go with brown eyeshadow, for sure, but when I wear brown on my eyes and my lips, I feel like it can look a little monotone/one note, so with brown lips, I’ll usually opt for reddish browns, purples, bronzes or coppery colors on my eyes, like here in these pics (that’s Tom Ford’s Cognac Sable Eye Quad and MAC Costa Riche Eye Kohl).
The Wines: Olivia, Charlotte, Bette and Ingrid
Olivia, a garnet wine, and Charlotte, a burgundy, are the lighter options. If you can’t decide between the two, I suggest Olivia if you like warmer colors, and Charlotte if you like cooler color temps on your kisser.
The darker wine shades here, Bette and Ingrid, have that whole “which shade is which?” thing going, but Bette is actually slightly redder, while Ingrid is deeper and plummier.
With any of these seven rich, full-bodied lip colors, I think minimal eye makeup is a good option, especially if you rock them during the day. I might just fill in my brows, blend a beige matte cream shadow on my lids, draw thin cat eye liner on my upper lash lines, and leave it at that.
On that note, I’m off to go polish my Doc Martins now so I have some cool kicks to wear while I listen to Ace of Base.
Available right meow!
YES! NARS moved up the on-counter release date for the 40-piece NARS Audacious Lipstick collection, so all 40 shades are available now online and at NARS boutiques and Barneys New York.
Within the 40-piece collection, 10 of the shades — Vanessa, Julie, Marisa, Kelly, Carmen, Dominique, Silvia, Vivien, Sandra and Ingrid — are exclusive to Barneys New York stores, but all 40 of them are permanent.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,