“It’s Like There Is an Intoxicating Flower Coming Out of Her Mouth”

By Voxy  

Via style.com’s Beauty Counter blog:

“If you’re unfamiliar with Japanese artist Nobuyoshi Araki’s work, the retina-burning ombré pink lips at Prabal Gurung were likely a bit of a jarring site [sic]. But put in the context of the photographer’s vivid images of exotic blooms, the mouths made perfect sense. ‘It’s like there is an intoxicating flower coming out of her mouth,’ makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury said of the different shades of MAC Lipmix she applied in gradation from deep purple to magenta to fuchsia. ‘Its [sic] a play on darkness and light.’ Pouts were kept matte to contrast with dewy, highlighted skin and purposely overdrawn at the corners “as though she’s been snogging,” said Tilbury, pointing out that the key to coloring outside the lines is to use a soft, melted pencil without a sharp tip so you ‘keep from looking like a drag queen.’ To further acheive [sic] that delicate balance between looking ‘sensual, but strong and powerful’ at the same time, Tilbury swept an elongated stroke of silver gray cream eye shadow across the crease of models’ lids.”

First of all, I had to use [sic] three times in that one-paragraph quote. Hey Beauty Counter people — were you all getting drunk on mouth flowers over there?

OK, so remember I said I was intrigued by the two-tone lips from the Maybelline calendar? Yeah, uh … I take it back. These models are going to be coming at me in my nightmares, droning “BRAAAAAAIIIINNNSS” while hibiscus blossoms fall from their mouths. And I guess Tilbury thought that the whole “keeping them from looking like drag queens” bit was successful?

It’s like Georgia O’Keefe meets Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors. Nope, no thanks, that’s quite all right, I’ll stick with a boring, single-color, flower-free mouth, if you don’t mind.

Photo: Luca Cannonieri of GoRunway.com, via http://www.style.com/beauty/beautycounter/2011/09/flower-power-backstage-at-prabal-gurung/
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  1. avatar Jezebel
    Posted January 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    OMG, it looks like they’re decaying… D:


  2. avatar Relationalista
    Posted January 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Permalink | Reply

    “Getting drunk on mouth flowers”. Heh heh. (Actually, that sounds like it could be fun … if it didn’t involve looking like one of those models. Or writing so poorly.)

    Glad to have you back in blogging form, Vox! Hope all’s well.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted January 11, 2012 at 7:53 am | Permalink | Reply

      It could also be a good euphemism! “What were you guys doing in his hotel room?” “Uh, just … getting drunk on mouth flowers…”

      Thanks for your good wishes, relationalista! So far the year has not whacked me *too* badly, but it’s early days yet. ;) I hope all is well with you too!


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