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FACE TIME:

a statement
lip for
day and night

Gucci Westman, makeup artist and founder of Westman Atelier, shares her method for mastering the art of bold lipstick.


Written by MAUREEN CHOI


“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together,” Elizabeth Taylor proclaimed decades ago. That sentiment—with or without the martini—still echoes today, as a swipe of bold lipstick remains the greatest (and simplest) transformative beauty maneuver one can make. Some occasions naturally demand it, say, at a dinner party or wedding reception, but it is our humble recommendation that a statement lip is a bright idea for work, workouts, and everywhere in between.

But which hue to choose? If you’re celebrity makeup artist Gucci Westman, you go for fuchsia, because “it’s so flattering on so many skin tones, unexpected and so chic.” No wonder it’s one of the four staple shades included in her first-ever (and it must be noted: impossibly chic) lip compact. Likewise for tomato red. Either way, you’ll need some pointers on how to navigate it all with ease. Pick those up here, as Westman provides a little lip service demonstrated on model Kenya Kinski-Jones, in studio at Violet HQ.


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“This is a super-natural formula with cold-pressed cherry oil, which is really nice for the health of the lips, plus peptides for collagen production and marula oil for hydration.”

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“I like to use a lighter shade as a concealer in the T-zone, and a deeper shade around the perimeter, then blend the two together.”

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“Because of the way the bristles are shaped, they really grab and help curl your lashes.”

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“The trick with blush is to not apply it too low, because you don’t want to drag your face down.”

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“This is a great product because the texture and the shade are both so easy. It’s very buttery and easy to blend, so it works for any age and any skin type.”

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“I like to use this underneath eyeshadow on the eyelid because it gives a really nice translucent base.”