So I always had a thing for pouring over photography, even as a wee thing. Fashion magazines were my playground and, for whatever reason, I was always drawn to beauty editorials. I didn’t expect I’d see much of what was in the photography out on the street – it wasn’t always easy to translate. But the imagery itself was captivating that it would hold my attention the way television did other children. It was ART. I knew it then. I know it now.
These days, there are hundreds of thousands of beauty photographers, and a ton more access to them (via Internet, Instagram, various apps…) There are also as many individuals buying or getting sample products, and swatching them in fun and creative ways.
Pinterest is an image mecca so it was no surprise I got hooked back in its infancy – I can’t claim to use it in the way most of their users do – for me, it’s my own snapshot of my mind, personality, heart, soul… I “pinned” for myself, selfishly, and it turns out a lot of other folks like what I put up. I give credit to each of the sources of the photos…since it is because of them I have them at all.
I came across some gorgeous royal purple(s) lipstick photos which are just divine – the way the photos are taken is noteworthy, just as much as the application (back in the day, we had Polaroid so…creativity, lighting, composition…those things kind of didn’t jive as well!)
The darkroom-bruised-plum is unreal – it’s like bothy, velvet perfection, with a deep burgundy lean. ❤ The photo below was originally pinned from websta.me, though I’m not familiar with the site.
I also loved the dark purple to magenta to violet – degrade lip color is pretty incredible (though I’d say you need to try a long-wear, stay-put formula if you want to wear this out. Fortunately, there are a plethora of “indelible” formulas on the market these days…and they work. The below is also from websta.me.
This next image, from indulgy.com (Glam By Meli), takes the same blackened purple and brings it into a magenta with red casts. Uh-mazing! She added a photo of an orchid and it’s pretty much dead on. Beautifully done!
I also came across this inglotusa.com image, which takes a rich burgundy pink and electrified it with a lightning blue gloss, creating a wicked mix of blue, purple and pink. Very cool, and definitely show-stopping.
I’m kind of glad we didn’t have Internet as a kid because I’d have been sitting at my computer ALL DAY ogling images like these – there is a lot of artistic ability to be seen here, as it is definitely FAR more than meets the eye.