Forget Lupita’s Dress, Can We Talk About Joan Smalls’ Lipstick For A Minute?

This was my favorite beauty look at the Met Ball, hands down.

May 6, 2014 at 10:00am | Leave a comment

Let’s just get this out of the way: Lupita’s green dress was terrible last night. I know it, you know it, everybody knows. Yes, we expected better from People’s Most Beautiful Woman, but it was Lupita's first big style misstep since tirelessly appearing at every single fashion and film event (plus late night talk shows!) for the last eight months. So can we please just CUT HER SOME SLACK?! Thank you, I’ll lower my voice now. 

When I saw the Gown That Shall Not Be Named, I fired off a few text messages to friends (“NOOooo!” Why would she do this?” “What the actual fu%ck?”) -- then I quickly shifted my attention to the Met Ball hair and makeup. I wanted something to take my mind off of the unfortunate dress that was already being compared to a tennis net and an Excel spreadsheet. I needed a distraction from my icon’s epic fashion disaster.  

And I found that distraction the second I laid eyes on Joan Smalls. Look:

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Photo: Hollywood Life

The theme of this year’s Costume Institute Gala is high society, in honor of the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" exhibit. Chuck (I can call him, Chuck, right?) had a respectable, 40-year career making incredible, couture clothes for wealthy folks, and he became especially popular for the formal dresses he created during the late 1940s to the mid 1950s

Now I don’t know what blueberry lipstick has to do with Chuck James or high society, but I don’t really care -- Joan is K-I-L-L-I-N-G it with this look. And the fishtail braid makes it even more intriguing. It's such an interesting, totally unexpected combo. During these mega-hyped red carpet events, my eyes are always drawn to the beauty rebels. You know, the celebs that seem to be wearing something (whether it’s makeup or a dress) that truly represents their personal taste and the statement they want to make that night, not what some stylist or handlers tell them to wear. 

Joan has experimented with daring lipstick before so I fully expect her to turn up somewhere in a wild shade again. Who knows, maybe next time she’ll try a dark green like the one Rihanna just wore. Or she could try to one-up RiRi and bust out with something even crazier. Like yellow! Or stripes! Actually, Joan Smalls would probably look good with rainbow stripes on her lips. Because what wouldn't she look good in? We'll just have to wait and see what stunning lip look she bestows upon us next. 

In the meantime, if you’re inspired to try blueberry lips for yourself you could go with Manic Panic Lethal Lipstick in Electric Amethyst, $15.50, Illamasqua Lipstick in ESP, $26 or Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Brazen, $30. The Lauder shade isn’t as in-your-face purple as Joan’s lips, but it’s still pretty badass. I figured I would throw in a slightly tamer option for anyone who needs something more appropriate for a grown-up job or whatever. And if you have a conservative 9-to-5, just tap the lipstick on with your finger to create a subtle stain -- it's easier to get away with at work. 

Did you pay any attention whatsoever to all the Met Ball looks last night? Who did you love and who made you cover up your eyes and gasp in horror?