Thursday, August 21, 2014

On Our Radar: The Frosted Lip

It was only a matter of time. After the comeback of Vamp and all colors in its bordeaux family (one could argue Vamp never really went away, but I digress), followed by the onslaught of raisin-brown lips (extra points for liner!), the next natural step in "what goes around comes around" lipstick trends consists of one key word: Frosted.

 RiRi puts her "style icon" to the test by challenging the power duo of acid-lime curls and a frosted mocha mouth. 

More notorious than applauded and more mocked than copied, the shimmer lip is not for everyone, to say the least. However, just glance to the upcoming release of Rihanna's latest collaboration with MAC: Viva Glam Rihanna 2, which follows a heady red, for an indication of its prowess. It's a shade of unapologetic "frosted metallic mauve," in lipstick ($16) and lip glass ($15) form.

The key is delivering your look with a healthy dose of camp (and probably after applying your latest round of teeth-whitening strips. Nothing brings out a less-than-pearly smile like some light shimmer).  You simply can't act all dead-serious when attempting this look. And that should be the fun of it.

Obviously, Rihanna's not the first to take it on. From bubble-gum pink to not-so nude, here's a look at some other ice queens who illustrate you can, indeed, inject some heat into any shade of frost:

Daria Werbowy rocks the frosty pink lip on the beach in the July 2013 issue of Vogue Spain

And shocker, she proves she can work a pale pink lip with a wet suit, embroidered blazer, and ultra-reflective lenses. 

Clearly, Pamela Anderson enjoyed employing sheer frosted gloss over liner (our bet it was the beloved MAC shade Spice) back in her '90s heyday. 

Model Hanna Wahmer looking glamorously retro - and incredibly dewy - for the July 2012 issue of Vogue Taiwan

Swinging London icon and '60s supermodel Jean Shrimpton was one of the first to unleash the frost on the masses

Models working light shimmer and hefty color backstage at Zac Posen's Spring 2010 ready-to-wear show

Makeup artist Stephanie Marais described the models as, "A mix of Degas ballerinas and Jean Shrimpton from the 1960s. Graceful and delicate like a watercolor painting, colors blended like hydrangeas."

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