It’s not my habit to write about blogger events a) because I usually have no time to go on the off chance that I’m lucky enough to be invited and b) because I hardly want to subject anyone to a post that reveals nothing more than, “Look where I was last night & it was cool/end story!” :D (smiley face imperative).
However, I do have to talk about the red lips created on the Aurora & Maleficent models at the IMAX x Disney Maleficent pre-screening I attended earlier in the week (big thanks all around for the invite).
MAC makeup artist Cynthia Rivas demoed the Aurora look, which can basically be summed up as fresh-faced model backstage at Fashion Week. Ethereal skin, dewy cheeks, flushed lips, and highlighting over contouring? Yup, I definitely typed all of those things at some point during runway beauty coverage. The lip, though, is actually the same color used on the Maleficent model. In this case, it was applied with a finger and gently patted out into a sheer stain, which all of you know is my favorite low-maintenance way to wear an intense red. Meanwhile, Senior MAC MUA John Stapleton built up the intense, no-holds-barred red on the Maleficent model. With an application this bold, he didn’t just use red lipstick; lipliner was also involved. I want to say there might have been gloss, but at this point in the night, I was too busy downing my h20 non-cocktail (trying to take 20 shots of a makeup look with your phone that all turn out yellow makes you thirsty) to take notes. Because I’m really feeling this red lip after watching the movie though, here are my quick tips: prep the lips with a matte balm (this is my favorite) and grab a lip brush. After that, it’s the standard drill: apply, blot, reapply. Apply lipliner for a cleaner look, and to get that ultra-sharp edge, feather your lipline with concealer. MAC’s Maleficent launch includes a crazy-bright red called True Love’s Kiss, but MAC Russian Red is another lovely shade to try (albeit darker and cooler, check out Temptalia’s shade comparisons here).
The screening was the highlight of the evening, and without giving any spoilers away, I can tell you that Angelina Jolie was on point. I mean that makeup-wise, as in I had a serious case of red lip envy by the time I exited the theater. But there’s also the actual acting, and she stole every single scene she was in. I have not always been the biggest fan of her movies (remember Salt? I had a lot to say about that one), so that’s saying something. Now, do you need to see this in IMAX? Speaking as someone who tends to find IMAX 3D movies overwhelming (the first one I saw was about spelunking and my elementary school self could not handle the intensity), this is one of the unique cases where I felt that 3D added to—rather than gratuitously detracted from—the experience. Definitely a nice treat if you have time go go see it during its one-week special engagement in IMAX theaters. And speaking of that, my giveaway winner has been announced. Congrats Margo, hope you enjoy the movie as much as I did!
Will you be seeing Maleficent? What are some of your best red lip tips?
P.S. Another fascinating read for those of you into movie makeup: Byrdie Beauty gets the secrets behind Angelina Jolie’s movie makeup. For example: the answer to those super-sharp (even more so than usual!) cheekbones? Prosthetics. And, most likely, magic.
All photos courtesy of Maribel Farina Photography.