Saturday, September 21, 2013

Oxblood Lips for Autumn

Yes, readers, it's that time of year again. For the autumn trends fashion designers and writers tend to gravitate to darker shades, richer colors, and using the terms "goth" and "gothic" in a variety of (sometimes very perplexing) ways. Of course, this can be annoying but it also means that items appropriate for goth closets are available in more stores (and, after the season is over, they migrate to the sales racks for ridiculously awesome prices.) This season, the "goth" item I have my eye on is oxblood lipstick.


I talked about oxblood as a possible color for autumn wardrobes here, but I didn't realize it was going to be  a big trend this year outside of Gothdom. Of course, many of the makeup tutorials and suggestions tend to focus on avoiding the "gothic teenager" look. This Yahoo! article says that we should "Forgo the deliberately pale goth face or any overly done look, for that matter, for a prettier take on the trend. [...] The goth look was very chalky, and that's something you'll want to avoid." Mmmmhm.

Oxblood lips are great for Goths who want to look a bit bolder with their makeup while avoiding the stereotypical (yet still lovely) black. The trend says that we should balance the look with lighter eyes, but don't feel pressured by that. The only thing I'll say is a suggestion that anyone searching for this look should go invest a few bucks a lip liner, unless you're going for an Alexander McQueen look (not recommended.)

While there are a lot of cosmetics companies with appropriate shades, my favorite is MAC Cosmetic's "Fixed on Drama." If you're looking for something a little bit more sheer, Theme Fragrance has a burgundy lip tint that's equally lovely.

If you don't want to go out and spend new money on a darker red lipstick, you can achieve an Oxblood lip by layering lip colors. Using a dark brown or wine lip pencil under a red lipstick, or by mixing the red lipstick with a little black and/or dusky purple, will achieve a similar affect. By mixing lipsticks you'll not only spend less money, but also be able to mix a shade that flatters your skin tone.

Do you guys like Oxblood lipstick as a makeup look? How would you wear it?

9 comments:

  1. I just bought a tube of something similar and I love it!

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  2. I adore oxblood and burgundy lips! I wear them year round, of course. One of my favorites is also from MAC: Lipstick in Diva. It's kind of a deep red burgundy, amazing for a whole range of skintones.

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  3. Oh dear. Might have to stop by the MAC counter after all. So much for saving up for Halloween...

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  4. I'm actually not super keen on it for myself. Most of the deeper red shades look REALLY awkward with my auburn hair and skin tone.

    I'll leave it to the rest of you lovely ladies. <3

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  5. The 'oxblood' looks awesome! but is it really a different shade from 'cherry' (the one I use)? It looks the same to me

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  6. ..gaped at the "alexander mcqueen look for about three seconds before bursting into laughter

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  7. I generally wear something like that for every-day wear, and then black for most other occasions.

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  8. Wet N Wild Mega Last in Cherry Bomb is a surprisingly gorgeous oxblood (and CHEAP!)

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  9. Oh dear. Autumn is indeed that time when goth's dragged out of the fashion closet. It's unfortunate, because you're right--it is annoying, and often perplexing.

    Oxblood looks lovely, though. :) I recently bought a nice shade of red that's a bit darker from Kat Von D.

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