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.
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?