You Can Definitely Pull Off Almost-White Lipstick

As long as you brush your teeth regularly, these three super-pale lipsticks will look awesomely mod on you.
Publish date:
March 27, 2013
lipsticks, Lancome, estee lauder, givenchy

I've always really admired the 1960s mod era. From the bold prints to the ruler-like structure of the silhouettes, there’s something about it all that truly fascinates me. It looks so crisp and clean; so chic and simple.

But I think what really excites me about the look is that I can’t have it. All of those tiny dresses and outfits look fantastic on a boyish frame. I have a curvier frame, making pulling off the mod look almost impossible.

However, the beauty look is one-size-fits-all.

I could go on forever about the rock-hard up-dos, the crazy-big lashes, and the generous applications of liquid liner, but today I’m going to focus on the pretty, super-pale, almost-white lipstick. OBSESSED. It's a perfect compliment to bold liner, looks great day or night, and pretty much says "Spring is here!"

Don’t get me wrong: I know that bright mattes are all the rage this season. But despite the looks of things, I’m a rebel, and when I’m told I should be wearing amethyst I yell, “DON’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!”

Anyway, I'm still trying to decide whether I'm more of a fan of pale matte shades or ones with a hint of shimmer. After desperately running around NYC looking for shades, I finally came upon two I loved: Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick Luminizer in Pearlescent by Estee Lauder and Rouge Interdit Satin Lipstick in Pink Whisper by Givenchy. And yes, I did spend a total of $60 on both of these lipsticks because I'd rather wear lipstick than eat. The third, Rouge in Love in 307 by Lancome, I stole from the xoVain beauty closet. (Sorry, not sorry.)

I love the Lancome because it seems to go with everything...

I like the Estee Lauder because you can control just how white you want your lips to look. It's almost like a gloss.

The Givenchy, however, is a little too frosty for my taste, but that doesn't mean it won't look awesome on someone with a darker skin tone.


So first things first, the key to making this look work is minding your teeth. Lighter shades will bring out any stains you may have on your chompers, so don't forget to brush your teeth. Like, that morning. If you're a smoker, I'd say try quitting, otherwise your teeth will look like little butter squares poking out from behind your lips. Unless, of course, that's the look you're going for, then more power to you.

Obviously the thicker and darker your lips are naturally, the easier time you'll have pulling off these pale shades without looking like the undead. To offset looking like a zombie, under-eye concealer is a must if you have dark circles.

As far as blush goes, keep it light. I'd stick to sheer, pale pinks and corals.

Unfortunately, I'm really bad at applying liquid liner, so the pics here are more "natural." But if you can wield a black liquid liner brush or pen like a pro, by all means, white is the perfect shade to pair your boldest cat-eye with.

Have you done with white lipstick thing? Which shades would you recommend?