Is there such a factor as the good lipstick colour? It appears ladies in every single place are in a relentless and countless seek for the final word better-than-natural shade—not too pink, not overly nude, and with a touch of shine. I’ve amassed a whole bunch of tubes over time, from blue-reds to fiery oranges to Marilyn Manson–worthy plums. But for some cause, my concept of the proper shade to put on down the aisle at my November wedding ceremony wasn’t amongst them—however I knew in my coronary heart it was on the market.
Final Saturday, I headed to the famed magnificence stage of Bergdorf Goodman and began testing. I shuffled from counter to counter, selecting up and making use of swatches on the highest of my left hand, a trick realized backstage a few years in the past. 4 counters later, my Jackson Pollock–esque canvas was crammed and my lips had gone by means of quite a lot of rounds of wiping, leaving a mustache of splotchiness and a few faint flecks of cotton. This wasn’t working.
Early the subsequent week, I enlisted the assistance of knowledgeable, calling on make-up artist Tiffany Patton of bridal magnificence salon White Rose Collective, who advises brides to examine the general look when deciding on a lip colour—the gown, the venue, and, after all, the lighting. “It’s essential to consider what sort of lady you’re,” she says. “Lipstick is so private—some even go for solely a lip balm to keep away from the effort of reapplication.” Earlier than testing lipstick, Patton balanced out my face, skillfully making use of a taupe eyeshadow, black liquid liner, and tons of bronzer (the marriage is in Miami, in any case).
First up was one in all my favorites, Charlotte Tilbury’s Bitch Good, a light-weight pink hue, which, when coupled with the bronzer, appeared just a little too coral for my style. Subsequent got here one thing just a little nearer to magenta, NARS’s Angela, a cool deep orchid that Patton dabbed on my lips together with her ring finger. “I like this concept,” she tells me, however it felt too vivid for my late-afternoon outside ceremony.