Post # 1
I love bold, interesting makeup but when I wear it, I look like a drag queen 🙁 !!!
I made an impulse purchase of a MAC lipstick called “Up the Amp”. I don’t know what I was thinking. I don’t know how to wear it! I thought it’d be an awesome color for fall – dark and purple-y, but still bright and bold…
I wore it to a party in the city Saturday night and IDK maybe I’m just not used to seeing myself in lipstick but I felt like something out of the Rocky Horror Picture Show all night.
Is it possible I just CAN’T pull it off or maybe I’m not doing my eyes correctly? I know, I know it’s hard to visualize or comment on w/out a pic. If it helps, I hvae fair skin, blue eyes and dark hair. On the reg, I wear a dark liner and no lipstick. Trying to change it up!
Thoughts? I’m awful at this stuff!! LOL I don’t even know what my question is…just venting.
Post # 2
BurlapnLace: That colour is nearly impossible to pull off, especially with fair skin. I mean, it’s not a “deep plum” or something like that; it is PURPLE. Someone with a tan to dark complexion might be able to rock it. But on fair skin, it’s likely to just look like you got punched in the mouth.
Post # 3
Maybe you just have good taste.
This is a color that looks great on 18 year old models posing on a motorcycle, waifs of all sorts, tall skinny 12 year olds selling cream to 40 year olds….
in other words,it doesn’t really look good on anyone I real life. It’s magazine chic, runway heroin chic.
It didn’t look great in the 80s either. but everyone wore it. it’s more of a trendy fashion statement than a way to enhance beauty.
Post # 4
BurlapnLace: Here is the problem, I love bold colors also but with fair skin like you, we just can’t wear colors like that due to it makes us look horrible. I love that color lipstick you picked out, and quite frankly I wouldn’t wear it unless was doing halloween.
Post # 5
I agree with the others. That’s the kind of colour that looks cool in an ad or magazine but looks crazy on the street. I’d skip it and stick with what actually makes you look good, which is likely a more natural look.
Post # 6
It’s not the most flattering colour, I think it’s more geared towards young teens or as pp said olive or black skin, although what I do with lipsticks that I don’t like on my lips is to use on my cheeks and eyes, believe it or not it looks great & not as clowny as you’d imagine, give it a try(just a little on the eyes to make blues pop)and a little on cheeks to make you look fresh and dewy, saves it going to waste!
Post # 7
She did it http://www.beautylish.com/f/jcjuqv/up-the-amp
I have similar coloring, lighter eyes.
IDK how the MAC girl talked me into it!! Didn’t take much. What was I thinking!??
Post # 8
BurlapnLace: I don’t think you’re the problem…the colour is the problem. It is impossible to pull off without looking like costume makeup. If you want a bold colour I think you should stay with pink and red tones because at least they are natural.
Post # 9
BurlapnLace: Had a good giggle now, it reminded me of when I as a teenager and purchased purple lipstick, my mom said it looked like I was suffocating! LOL! I have fair skin and blue eyes with dark (dyed dark I might add, am a natural dull blond) hair, it is nearly impossible if not totally impossible to wear that type color and not look like you just got off stage at cirque du soleil.
Post # 10
BurlapnLace: It works with her colouring. Not all fair skin is created equal. Based on the fact that you have fair skin and blue eyes, I’m going to guess that your complexion has a lot of pink in it? What happens with pink complexions when they put on a lipstick like that one, is that it draws even more attention to the pink in their skin and that ends up being all you see. It works on the girl in the photo because despite having lighter skin, it has a more neutral to slightly olive undertone. I am guessing that might not be the case with you.
Post # 11
Could it be what you’re wearing with the make up that’s throwing the color off? It’s tough to say w/o a photo of you with make up and the lipstick on.
Post # 12
Ellicott: Ah, I meant to mention this too. Did you wear a full face of make-up with the lipstick? Eye liner, a little shadow, mascara, foundation, blush? Sometimes a funky lip colour like that looks really weird on an otherwise stark, natural face.
Post # 13
I think it depends on the undertones to your hair skin. Are you yellowish-fair or blueish-fair or pink-ish fair? You have to condsider the undertones to your skin color when choosing make up shades.
Post # 14
It’s not something I’d wear to work on a Tuesday…IDK I guess I was inspired by the fact that I was wearing all black and headed to a swanky party in the city. It seemed apropos and the girl in the store convinced me I looked great and was just not “used” to it.
Tranny Transvestite was more like it. I’m such a SUCKER!!
Post # 15
Why not head back to the MAC counter and get them to do a consultation with you? I think theyre probably be a few but at least they can help you find colours that you’ll feel comfortable in.