Lorde Museum of Modern Art 2013
We can think of about a dozen reasons to name Lorde today's Beauty Queen--hello, have you seen her hair?! But even though we'll always obsess over the 16-year-old's epic curls and will save that tutorial for another day, we're currently lusting over another one of her beauty tricks: that ultra-dark lip.
Ella Yelich-O'Connor showed off the bewitching eggplant hue at the Museum of Modern Art Film Benefit last night in New York City. While her mane was wild and crazy and gorgeous as usual, she kept the rest of her makeup fairly low-key, with porcelain skin and subtle, shimmery eye makeup. After all, it's the purplish-black pout here that should really own the spotlight.
While a lipstick like this one might seem out of place during the summer, consider this perfect timing--especially now that the days are shorter and the temps are dropping-- and not to mention, it's a total throwback to her "Tennis Court" video. So whether or not you have a record-breaking number one single to your name (hey, we can't all be "Royals"), see how to nab Lorde's look below.
COVER IT: Perfekt Beauty Skin Perfecting Gel, $48
Start with a clean, even slate by smoothing just a pea-sized amount of this super-lightweight cream on your face. It blends seamless into your complexion, and feel free to build it in areas where you need extra coverage (like undereyes and problem spots).
Next up, make your eyes shimmer with this triple-threat palette. Taking an eyeshadow pencil, use the natural wash all over your lid and brow bone. Then, take the liner (with a liner brush) and run it close to the upper lash line--don't forget a subtle flick at the end. Finally, dab the lightest highlighter around the inside corner for that glimmering "V."
DARKEN IT: MAC Lipstick in Cyber, $15
Last but not least, it's all about the deep lipcolor. MAC's Cyber is about as dark purple as you can get--not too plum, but not quite black, this dense eggplant hue is the easiest way to secretly pretend you're a teenage New Zealand pop star, too.
See Lorde's signature dark lip in action in the video for "Tennis Court" for even more inspiration.