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BEAUTY LESSON:

The Case For a
Statement Lip
(Staying-At-
Home Edition)

For a Valentine’s Day look that makes a statement—even in our age of masking up—
let Gucci Westman, be your guide.


Written by ANNIE TOMLIN


Last February, Valentine’s Day looked like it does any other year: a romantic candlelit dinner, a spontaneous drink with your latest swipe-right, or a night in with your best single friends. Now, it looks more like a DoorDashed dinner or a group Zoom. Everything is different, most everyone is distanced, and yet, love in all its forms continues to bloom. Cupid’s arrows fly all the same.

So on this most romantic of days, connecting on FaceTime is no excuse for phoning it in. On Valentine’s Day, sweatpants are verboten, La Perla is encouraged—especially if you’re single—and if there’s one evening to choose bold color over boring Chapstick, this is it. A fuchsia lip elevates simple Netflix-and-chill plans, and removing a mask to reveal a cherry-red pout is its own form of undressing (with a soupçon of kink, too). Go on, live a little.

To inspire and guide you, watch makeup artist Gucci Westman—the face-painter behind countless magazine covers, editorial shoots, and runway moments—as she uses her endlessly chic Westman Atelier lip compact to create two lip-centric looks on model Kenya Kinski-Jones. These rich hues and their lip-loving formula are appropriate for almost anywhere, anytime… but especially gorgeous when worn to celebrate love.


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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.”