To Do: Try A Bright Pink Lip

Sure, earthy neutral tones are good and nice. But that story was published ages ago (in 2015). As the saying goes: new year, new face. Or at least a new shade of lipstick.

Something Hung Vanngo said last time he was in the office got us thinking about branching out a little. After a full afternoon of making up (then remaking up) the perfect canvas that is Josephine Skriver, the makeup artist said, “Sometimes if you add a little color, it gives a little youth to the face.” Point taken—but what about a lot of color?
So he started removing any and all traces of product on Josephine’s lip and replacing them with bright pink. “We’re just playing, you know what I mean? This is going to be a look for a girl who loves to play with color.”

Hung prepped her face with the Glossier Phase 1 Set (Priming Moisturizer, Perfecting Skin Tint, and a bit of Balm Dotcom), then went in on the pink. He started with a CK One Color Lipstick in Wow, a matte fuchsia. “We’re going to do a reverse stain—fill it in with a pink Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner Pencil liner afterwards.” Then he tapped on the cream side of the CK One Color Cream and Powder Blush Duo.

The ‘Do’s’ here are:
+ Very dewy skin that contrasts with the matte lip
+ A defined lip shape. Touch up the edges with concealer and a brush.
+ Other colorful accoutrement. Josephine’s jacket is by Karen Walker.

And, of course, Hung also shared his list of ‘Don’ts’:
+ Don’t wear mascara: “A smoky shadow is fine, but lashes are too much.” Hung added a touch of L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in Silver Sky all around Josephine’s eye area. Blend well.
+ Don’t use gloss: “I can add a bit of Lip Shine after I do the color if I want, but never lip gloss to start.”
+ Don’t wear too much blush. If anything, stick to cream. Better to air on the shinier side of things.

As we type this, it’s a blustery 30 degrees outside (without the windchill). Staying in and playing around with pink lipstick seems like just the activity to properly distract. Drop us a line if you’re doing the same thing wherever you are.

Josephine Skriver photographed by Tom Newton. Makeup by Hung Vanngo. Styling by Anna Santangelo.

Josephine wears a Karen Walker jacket and Nikki Chasin top.

Three more looks care of Hung Vanngo can be found right this way. And get inspired with more of The Makeup here.

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Diana del Río, Product Stylist, Nordstrom

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“My name is Diana del Río [@ddelriobud] and I live in Glendale, California. Currently, I work as an ecommerce product stylist for and HauteLook—that means I prep and style handbags, shoes, clothes, cosmetics, and other products for shoots that live online for two to three day flash sales. On a daily basis I’m working with seamstress scissors, sticky glue dots, gaffer tape, lint rollers, and a bunch of other tools that ensure my lines are looking good, straps are not wrinkled, and everything is ready to be shot. When I describe what I do, the usual reaction is, ‘That’s a job?’…which I get. It’s a very creative job—we’re trying to engage the shopper with beautiful images. But you have to be obsessed with details.

My approach to makeup and skincare is about what’s functional and part of my everyday work routine. I give myself 20 minutes in the morning to do it all—brush my teeth, clothes picked out the night before, food packed, let’s go! I splash my face with cold water, wash with Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Cleanser, and tap my face dry with a soft towel. Then I’ll grab Mario Badescu’s Oil-Free Moisturizer with SPF 17, with a dab of Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream or Clinique’s All About Eyes on each ring finger for under my eyes. The last step is lip balm. I usually head out the door with Blistex Simple and Sensitive Balm or Glossier’s Balm Dotcom.

In the evening, I’ll use a moisturizer sans-SPF because of possible flash-back in photos. The one I’ve been using for about a month now is Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer because it’s gentle and calms down any redness from washing or patting dry my face. I let my products soak in while I pick out my clothes and water my plants, and then I’ll put on Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer to control my oily T-zone. For eyeshadow primer, I love Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base because it dries clear, and the applicator is great.

For base, I only keep it to a tinted moisturizer or a BB Cream—my favorites are Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in St. Moritz or Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Light/Medium, which I apply with a damp Beautyblender—and I’ll treat uneven skin tone with a Nars Concealer Stick in Biscuit. On my eyes, I’m a neutral eyeshadow fanatic. I’ll put MAC’s Groundwork Paint Pot over my lids because it cancels out any redness or veins, but I also like MAC’s Eyeshadows in Kid, Espresso, and Satin Taupe. I’ve never been too picky with mascara, though I will say that I’m more about separation and length than I am about volume—and that’s where L’Oréal Telescopic Mascara gets it in.

My favorite blush shades are Tarte Amazonian Clay in Exposed and MAC Harmony or Rosy Outlook, but my all-time favorite, the bees-knees of blush for me is Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Rose Petal and Plum Wine. It’s perfect for me because the pigment is strong and only needs a light hand—it’ll last forever—and it sits on my skin nicely. For lips, nude lip life. So far my favorite nude lips for my skin tone are Clinique’s Chubby Stick in Heaping Hazelnut and Nars’ Satin Lip Pencil in Biscayne Park. And the best lip liners include MAC’s Stone and Boldly Bare. I’m also really into liquid lipsticks. I picked up a travel duo set of Kat Von D’s Lolita & Lolita II—the formula is wonderful and the colors are just enough of a step for me to break out of nude lip territory. There’s no tugging on the color. But out of habit, I would suggest putting on some lip balm beforehand.

For my hair, I read that you should sleep in a satin cap. The material makes such a difference in controlling the frizz and shape of my hair—I got mine at Naimie’s in Studio City. I only wash these curls once a week or my hair’ll get so dry. I’ll use a clarifying shampoo like Suave Daily Clarifying or Malibu C Swimmers Wellness Shampoo. To style it, I start off with Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Treatment Oil, and after that I’ll use a mousse or a cream. I like Rene Furterer’s Mousse Végétale and R+Co Jackpot Styling Crème. One of my closest friends told me that after I style, I should flip my hair upside-down and pat my hair with the wet towel I just used. Something about this step, plus the satin cap, just takes care of the frizz situation. That tip is a godsend.”

—as told to ITG

Digital Photo Editor Kirsten Chilstrom shares the mascara that gets confused with eyelash extensions, stylist Bethany Bankston embraces her curls (with the right product regimen) and Art Director Erica Choi gives herself regular Chanel manicures in the #ITGTopShelfie.

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Olivia Singer, Fashion Features Editor,

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“I’m Olivia Singer [@oliviajsinger] and I live in London. I’m the Fashion Features Editor at, but I didn’t start out wanting to work in fashion—I went to university and studied English Literature, with a heavy slant on feminism, and then moved to Paris where I was involved in activism. I remember once leading a feminist rally and a woman having a go at me for wearing red lipstick and heels, saying that I was belittling the cause…it was a long time before I realized that beauty and feminism aren’t mutually exclusive. As a result, I’m a die-hard feminist who hoards beauty products. I genuinely believe in looking good for myself rather than the patriarchy.

I’ve always been obsessed with beauty, and I have an archive of terrifyingly made-up photos from my childhood to prove it. I’ve been through my fair share of ropey, over-done phases, but these days I keep my makeup fairly low-key. Not because I’m low maintenance—I’m not—but because there is something modern about being able to see my skin instead of layering 50 different products on top of it. If it’s the daytime, I’ll apply Immunocologie’s Day Protection, which is a buffer against London pollution that also helps heal any blemishes I have going on. And then I am a diehard fan of Eve Lom Flawless Radiance Primer for day-to-day, and Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream if I’m going out at night to give my makeup a little longevity.

For coverage, I’ll layer on a few dots of Chanel Perfection Lumière in problem areas, and I use Diorskin Star Concealer under my eyes and dabs of Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer for blemishes. For blushers, I like things I can apply with my fingers because it gives a more natural finish—Shu Uemura’s Glow Blush in Vivid Orange is more peachy pink than orange, and is a dream to apply because it’s sort of spongy. Then, a vague contour with Nars Olympia and a few dabs of RMS Living Luminizer—the greatest illuminator in the world—to give a little bit of definition to my face.

My favorite makeup is lip color. I recently watched all of The Good Wife and, in honor of Alicia, have been wearing a lot of nude-y taupes like Chanel’s Rouge Coco Sheer Lipshine in Melancolie, YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Nu or Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Naked. But my fail-safe is MAC Diva for a dark, sultry red, or Laura Mercier’s Sienna with a MAC red lipliner underneath. When it comes to balm, I’m grossly extravagant…Sisley’s rather expensive Nutritive Lip Balm is my favorite, forever. It lasts for ages, and it costs enough for me to actually keep it until it runs out. I’ve also been trying to re-introduce lip gloss into my routine. Chanel’s Rouge Allure Gloss is a real winner, as is Laura Mercier’s Lip Glacé in Cosmic, because there is something amazingly modern about very little makeup with a heavily shiny lip.

For my eyebrows I try and keep it as natural as possible—I’m not a runway model and a heavy-set brow does not look good on me. I use a little angled brush with some Anastasia Powder for my eyebrows, and then L’Oréal’s Brow Artist Plumper sets them into place. Then, a few coats of mascara…I’m still searching for my daytime holy grail, but I always return to Maybelline Great Lash—and I’m good to go. For night, I’ll use Charlotte Tilbury 5 Star or Le Volume De Chanel Mascara, because I like some evening drama, and I’ll add some color to my eyelids…I am a big fan of a slightly shiny eyelid and Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre, MAC’s Paint Pots and RMS Eye Polishes are all fantastically blendable textures that give a great sheen without looking gloopy or sweaty.

To wash off a heavy eye, I’ll use a bit of micellar water from any brand before cleansing everything else, so I don’t smear it everywhere. For my face I devotedly cleanse with Joëlle Ciocco’s Lait Onctueux, which I first read about on Into The Gloss years ago. It’s a cream that dissolves into an oil as you massage it into your face, so it’s the best of both worlds…plus, it forces me to do a bit of lymphatic massage. I am not that fussy when it comes to toners, as long as they’re pH balancing. I’ve learned nothing more emphatically than not to be too harsh on my skin, no matter its condition—but I always like to swipe something around before I moisturize.

For haircare, it’s Davines, hands down. I lost a lot of my hair a few years ago and I swear it has changed my life. I make everyone I know buy it the Oi Shampoo and Conditioner, plus the hair milk, and they never turn back. But perfume is my truest beauty love. Le Labo is my favorite, I always get compliments when I’m wearing Santal 33, which I layer with their massage oil if I’m feeling special. Last week, I went to meet perfumier Azzi Glasser and she gave me the perfume that Tom Hardy wears, Sequoia Wood. It’s hard not to start spraying it on my pillows like a creep, it’s that sexy. In the summer, I go for the ambery Byredo Bal D’Afrique, or their Gypsy Water.

Work can be hard to switch off, so I like to take baths to unwind. I have a lot of bubble bath…Fig+Yarrow Mustard Soak if my dermatitis is playing up (chic!), Susanne Kaufmann Bath Oil if I want to treat myself, and Radox for the everyday. But watching Friday Night Lights in the tub, with my laptop balanced on the bin, is a pretty stellar option for me.”

—as told to ITG

Letters from editors: Daria Burkova recommends wearing sunscreen to bed, Luciana Caramia layers serums for maximum repair and Pamela Katz endorses cannabis perfume oil in the #ITGTopShelfie.

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Lucy Bidwell, Filmmaker & Photographer

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“My name is Lucy Bidwell [@lucywbidwell]. I used to work for an indie documentary production company in TV development—we were coming up with ideas for TV shows and selling them to networks—which was an amazing experience, but it made me realize that I need to not shy away from being a creative, which can be really scary. Now, I freelance in film and video and also just launched a website called ‘The Perfect T,’ which aggregates our personal favorite t-shirts based on criteria like durability, shape, price, etc. What I do totally influences the way I think about beauty. On a set, you’re working 12-hour days, and by the end of it my face is a big oily mess. If I wear anything, it needs to stay put so that I don’t end up looking like a clown, which is why I like to use stains instead of blush, and I dye my lashes instead of using mascara…

I started loving makeup from an early age—since I was five. I grew up in a house with all boys, so in a way it was my way of distinguishing that I was a girl. I never really wore it, though—I would just hoard those pink glittery kits under my bathroom sink like treasure. I’m really sensitive to things looking like makeup…I like to look as natural as possible. I’m all about Lauren Hutton. She has this strong natural beauty that is so effortless. I love that she hasn’t fought off aging, either. Wrinkles can be so sexy on women. They tell stories and show that you’re comfortable in your own skin. When a woman tries to cover them up and hide them with fillers, it’s a transparent indication of insecurity and reminds me of that scene in Brazil by Terry Gilliam where the mother gets a creepy facelift.

Right now I live between LA and New York. In LA, my skin is terrible and really breakout prone, so my products were always really aggressive to combat acne. Ironically, despite New York setting the tone for an unhealthier way of life, my skin has done a total 180. I swear it has to do with the water quality here. I now use a lot more oils and serums. I love La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation because it looks natural on my skin, and it’s actually a skincare product rather than just makeup. My skin looks more radiant when I use it and if I fall asleep with it on I don’t break out the next day. Their Cellular Treatment Foundation Powder makes everything look flawless and matte…useful when you’re like me and your oil glands light you up like a disco ball. And not bad for your skin! Sisley’s Phyto-Touche Bronzing Gel Powder is the be-all end-all of bronzers. Totally natural looking, not cakey, and the color is this perfect bronze that isn’t orangey. Splurge, but worth it.

For eyes, the Chantecaille Nano Gold Energizing Eye Cream is really nourishing. The skin around the eyes is really delicate and ages more quickly than other parts of the face, and I think this product really delivers. When I’m looking paler in the winter and need more color on my face, I wear Kevyn Aucoin Loose Shimmer Shadow in Rose Quartz on my eye lids and it really helps make my eyes pop. And you don’t have to deal with brushes! Then, for my lips, Lipstick Queen Lip Liner in Nude is the best—I have like five of them scattered in different purses at all times. It stays for hours, it’s the perfect ’90s supermodel brownish-pinkish pigment. It makes your lips stand out without making it look like you’re wearing lipstick. I just use this with some Carmex Chapstick and go.

My mother always said, ‘Don’t gild the lily’—meaning, don’t over-do it on something that’s already beautiful—and then my grandmother would advise that once you go out for the evening, you shouldn’t look in the mirror again…although, sometimes, that has backfired. What I think she meant was that you shouldn’t worry or rely on how your face looks—people are paying attention to what you have to say and how you act, not if you need to re-apply lipstick. Then my own beauty two cents: surround yourself with people you love and who make you feel good. Beauty, in a lot of ways, is a reflection of our own happiness.”

—as told to ITG

More girls who film: Allyson Lupovich takes beauty advice from Bobbi Brown and Libby Gray worships at the altar of Olay in the #ITGTopShelfie.

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Maude Apatow, Actress

“I just finished a movie called Other People. And it was really fun! We shot in LA, and I worked for just a little bit, but it was amazing. It was the first thing I’ve done on my own, without my parents being there, which was really nice. I’m also in the process of applying to college…that’s less fun.

For products, I actually steal a lot of my mom’s stuff. Sometimes I’ll do my makeup in her room, too. Every day I use Armani Luminessence CC Cream—it’s light and it doesn’t look cake-y. And then I use powder…I have two. The Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Powder Foundation is good in the morning and throughout the day. Then I also have Guerlain Pressed Powder. That one’s lighter, but I’ll use whichever is closest.

Most days, I’ll wear lipstick. It’s always been a thing for me—my mom has a lot of them and I’d always use hers. Eventually I started buying my own because my mom has lighter hair and lighter skin, so we don’t always look good in the same colors. I really like dark colors—but even if I don’t want something dark, I’ll still wear lipstick, just in nude. My favorite is Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk, but that’s more of a lip liner. Charlotte Tilbury Very Victoria Matte Revolution Lipstick is like a darker nude that I like, too. For lighter days, Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Color in Uninterrupted is good. My favorite brand for lipstick, though, is Lipstick Queen—I have their Velvet Rope Lipstick in Entourage. I get them all at SpaceNK because it’s by this place I’ll go for breakfast or coffee, so I’m always hanging out over there. I really trust the people who work there.

And then I have loads of lip balm. What happens is I buy them, then I lose them, so I buy more, and then I find them again. In my bag right now I have the Weleda Lip Balm and then the Nuxe Rêve de Miel Lip Moisturizing Stick. Then I have some from the drugstore, too. I swear I have 12 in every bag.

All my main makeup is in my purse so I can take it with me. I have this Jillian Dempsey Khôl Eyeliner in Jet Black that I really like—and then I also have a black Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil. And then I use this Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara…it’s really good, but I also use They’re Real! by Benefit. Usually I curl my lashes first and then put on a lot of mascara [Laughs]. Top and bottom. And then, I don’t always wear eyeshadow, but if I do, I really like the Urban Decay palettes. The Naked3 one specifically, which has these pinky, purply colors. The blush I use—Kevyn Aucoin Creamy Glow Blush—looks really pink in the compact, but it looks good on your face. I don’t always wear blush, but when I do, I just put a tiny bit on over a tinted moisturizer.

And then there’s just extra stuff everywhere. A lot of eyeliners, for example. This Eyeko one I really like for liquid eyeliner. I’m really bad at liquid liner, so whenever I have time to do it, I’ll try, but it takes me a really long time. When I bought this one, they gave me a little pamphlet on how to do the cat eye with Alexa Chung, and I looked at that, and that actually helped me because I didn’t know what I was doing before. Drawing a little tail and connecting it—that was really helpful. I usually just use a tiny bit of pencil and like, smudge it because I cannot do it straight. My eyes always look different.

I’ve always filled my brows in, but I really like dying them now. I go to Mirella at Anastasia Beverly Hills. Most days I’ll use the Kevyn Aucoin Brow Pencil in Brunette to fill them in, and I also really like Glossier Boy Brow. It has a tint, but since it also works like a gel, you can fluff your brows up nicely.

Every day, in the morning and before bed, I wash my face with Evologie Stay Clear Cleanser. I’ll take my makeup off with the Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water—I’m sort of allergic to waterproof makeup, so it gets rid of what I do wear pretty well. I have the smaller ones and the wipes version because they’re no-oil. Then I use Jergens—my mom is the face of the brand, so we have a lot of it. The Wet Skin Moisturizer is actually really good. I don’t mean to be an ad for it, but you just put it on while you’re still wet in the shower, and then when you dry yourself off with the towel…it’s there! [Laughs]

When I’m in the shower, I use the Pureology line—the Pure Volume Shampoo and Conditioner are my favorites. And then this cleansing one is also good, but I don’t use it every day because it makes my hair kind of oily. Then I have this Kiehl’s Silk Groom Hair Styling Serum that I put on my hair while it’s wet to make it look really shiny. After that, I brush it and let it air dry in braids. I have really curly hair so I keep it in a loose braid so it doesn’t crimp. Then I sometimes straighten it with a Chi. When I do blowdry my hair, I use the T3. But my hair is really fine so I try not to use heat because it damages it so quickly.

I wash my hair every day—but it still gets oily so I use a lot of dry shampoo. R+Co Death Valley is a good one. Especially for school days, because I do theatre and days sometimes go until like 7pm, so I just feel gross by the end. I also bring dry shampoo to school just in case I need it. I have a smaller one—Alterna Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Dry Shampoo—that fits in my bag. And then I always bring a hairbrush. And powder—just in case, because we are there for so long.”

—as told to ITG

Maude Apatow photographed by Valentina Cytrynowicz in Los Angeles on August 31, 2015. Video by James Gallagher.

Shailene Woodley wears makeup out of respect, Amy Hood loves an economy-sized shampoo and Camilla Blackett receives beauty and life advice from Aaron Sorkin in the Top Shelf.

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