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Beauty Buzz: The return of the burgundy lip

June 7, 2011 | 12:37 pm

Missoni Are you as weary of the nude-hued, overly lip-glossed pout as we are?

For half a decade the ooey-gooey look has been as ubiquitous as Kim Kardashian (who rocks shiny, nude lips on a daily basis, by the way.)

Which is why we were thrilled to see so many deeply pigmented, semi- to totally-matte lips on fall runways — from hot pinks to stately crimsons.

And lip color in general is making a huge comeback, according to consumer research firm NPD Group, which announced today that after almost a decade of declining sales, lip color has experienced 15 months of steady dollar growth since February 2010.

Locally, one shade of 'stick in particular seems to be trickling down from catwalk to curbside: the deep burgundy showcased most strikingly in Missoni's fall show.

Burgundy and wine lipsticks haven't gotten much play in recent years, but back when Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain were newlyweds (in the early 1990s) it was one of the hottest colors going.

The ultimate grunge lip color, Marc Jacobs used it on his models when he showcased his now-iconic grunge collection for Perry Ellis. Revlon's Blackberry — still a universally flattering dark shade — was in our backpacks throughout high school and college.

Marc Here in L.A. we've seen the retro, slightly sinister lip color out and about at night, replacing the classic red lip on women at the Polo Lounge and Beso, to name two.

To create the Missoni look, makeup artist Lucia Pieroni used MAC's lip pencil in Beet (no longer available) and lipstick in Media — both true wines.

The hue looks best on an otherwise under-made-up face — though you can go big with the lashes without much worry.

Throw on a pair of Doc Martens if you're looking to feel 15 again.

-- Emili Vesilind


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Photos, from top: A look from Missoni's fall 2011 show; an editorial shot showing Marc Jacobs' grunge collection for Perry Ellis. Credits: Missoni;