The beginner I'm mainly referring to here is me. I know that some of you are seasoned vampy veterans, but I haven't historically been a huge lipstick wearer in general. I've even declared in writing that I was giving up on lipstick because it was too high maintenance. Instead, I wore every other type of lip product: stain, balm, tint, gloss, etc. But somehow, in the last year or so, I've got a lot more into lipstick. I don't know what happened. Bored with other types of makeup? Getting old and no longer as self conscious? At any rate, probably 80% or more of the makeup I've bought in the last 6-9 months (which hasn't been a lot) has been lipstick, and when I'm browsing it's usually the most appealing category to me lately.
|Left to right: Revlon Balm Stain in Crush, Paula's Choice Plum, Bite Mulberry/Scarlet, Maybelline Creamy Matte Divine Wine, and Urban Decay Matte Bad Blood.|
Here is my small collection of debatably vampy lip colors, with Wet N Wild Sugar Plum Fairy also swatched for comparison:
|Why do they all look bright pink? Shitty winter light!|
I actually took photos of my whole face wearing each of these lipsticks. I don't do that very often. Notice that it was before I dyed my hair dark brown, which I did in December, so I have been sitting on these for a while. I've found that with the darker hair color, the lipsticks look less startling. In general, though, it's funny how in person these lipsticks look like A STATEMENT (and not just to me--I've got comments on them). But somehow in a photo they look pretty tame. Maybe because I'm so used to looking at photos of dramatic makeup. Or maybe because I took these photos in my bathroom, and the
Anyway, part of the point of the full face photos is that purplish or dark red colors can be tricky with my coloring. They have a tendency to exaggerate the dark circles under my eyes. These particular lipsticks cause minimal problems of that sort, which is why I like them. (A good concealer still goes a long way, however.)
If you are beginning to consider experimenting with vampiness, I highly recommend trying Revlon Balm Stain in Crush. It was definitely a gateway vamp for me. It seems to be kind of a chameleon, though, so your results may vary. Just look at the Google images of Crush--some are almost fuschia, some berry, and some quite reddish. I have pigmented pink lips, and on me it's a darkish, purplish stain. In fact, I was convinced that this was the lip color they put on Jessica Jones, until Krysten Ritter said she was just wearing clear balm. I love this stuff. It's comfortable to wear, easy to apply (since it's sheer, it's not finicky), and long-lasting.
|Paula's Choice Plum|
|Maybelline Divine Wine. (This was the least grumpy photo I took that day . . . )|
|Prestige Lip Liner in Black Plum|
|Urban Decay Matte Bad Blood|
So that's as vampy as I get. So far. Like I said, with my hair dyed a darker brown now, these lipsticks feel much less adventurous, but I'm still not ready to go full goth. After all the experimentation, Revlon Crush is probably still my favorite.
What about you? Do you shy away from vampy lip colors or are you all about them? If you wear a bold lipstick, do you adjust the rest of your makeup at all?