I have a bit of an oxblood obsession every year when fall comes around. I think it's both romantic and edgy, which ain't easy to pull off. Sad part: Kyle doesn't like it. Good thing I don't care, right? :)
There's something kind of sinfully sultry about the deep, dark drama of it all, but I realize that the deep, dark drama is probably what scares a lot of girls from trying it out. HOWEVER, I honestly feel like anyone can pull it off. Brights are a bit trickier, but deep oxblood is universally gorgeous and very versatile when it comes to skin colors and undertones.
That's pretty much all I've got to offer on the subject, so I'll cut myself off there and let the visuals speak for themselves. Dying, dying, dying..
I've got the Lime Crime Velvetine in Wicked that I think is amazing, but it's a little deeper than oxblood, and I'm saving it for later because I'm featuring it in its own post. I'm greedy like that.
But here's a little oxblood look I did today using MAC's Russian Red lipstick. Russian Red is very dense and saturated (it's also A-freezeframe-mazing by itself on olive-toned skin), but it's more of a red-red, so I darkened it a bit just by using one of my dark brown eyebrow pencils. I also added a tiny dab of that $1.99 Wet n Wild Purty Persimmon red to the middle of my bottom lip to make them look fuller.
>>> PS Sorry about the picture quality (or lack thereof). The tragic downfall of screenshots. My computer froze like three times in a row when I was trying to save these so I had to resort to the dreaded screenshot. Hence, the weird black rectangle on the left side of the pictures. Not even sure where those came from.
FYI: My next post tomorrow or Friday is going to be a list of my 5 favorite oxblood lipsticks this fall, so check back for that if you're interested in trying out this ruby red little trend.