Gutter Mouth

BATD ON Nov 13, 2009 AT 12:51 pm

Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2009

Alexander McQueen Autumn/Winter 2009

When Alexander McQueen sent models with overblown, clownish red mouths down the catwalk for his fall 09 show, it spawned a new focus on extreme make-up. Call it self-expression, call it an abomination, but filthy gorgeous lips are breaking with convention in an anti-pretty, wear-it-as-you-feel-it new look.

Ellis Faas Glazed Lips in Ellis Red

Ellis Faas Glazed Lips in Ellis Red

Beauty brands that think outside the box, such as Illamasqua, Rouge Bunny Rouge and Stargazer make finding your inner urban artiste easy. Reference Berlin Noir meets Twilight and play with ashen, sparkle shot matte whites (Stargazer Glitter Lipstick in White), patent look black glosses (Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Repulse) and dripping, visceral red sheens (Ellis Faas Glazed Lips in Ellis Red).

Use a complexion backdrop of Nars Sheer Matte Foundation applied with a sponge to create a velvety, flawless canvas, up-lit by a gleaming undercoat of Rouge Bunny Rouge Aqua Primer Prelude In The Clouds. White-out your lashes with Bourjois Coup de Theatre Lash Primer to give a spiked spectoral eye and let your lips speak. Outsize, fabric-like glitter charged mouths in red or black are key for elaborate dirty beauty.

Illamasqua Black lip laquer

Illamasqua Black lip laquer

Barry M’s chief make artist, Amy Sachon, outlines lips with Plum lip liner and blends black and pillar box red lipsticks for a radical version of Rouge Noir. Overlay hyper-scarlet Barry M Cherry Glitter Gloss pre-blended with super shimmery Dazzle Dust in Red to rock the radical look.

NARS Sheer Matte Foundation

NARS Sheer Matte Foundation

Hair supremo, Guido Palau, whipped up the ultimate slicked back hair for Alberta Ferretti Milan 09 catwalk with Redken Vinyl Glam used to saturation point and formed into high glossy knotted updo’s, making it a perfect look to offset plush-gash power lips. Wear vampish black lace, unravelled satin corsetry or ghostly off key chiffons, and paint nails in cold, architectural shades (hazy grey Nails Inc Gun Metal or washed stone Essie Chinchilly) slicked over with edgy, texturizing mattifier (Essie Matte About You).

Slather your lips with Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm, drink water as though your life depends upon it, exfoliate daily and watch out for what your shocking mouth says about you.

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