Frosted Tips

Frosted Tips

You might think us gossipy over at Baltimore Snap, but it’s really more “gloss-ipy.” We’re talking about the latest throwback lip craze – the late 90’s mega-shine frosted colors that amp up any look. (Wasn’t there a mousse called just that?) Still holding onto the mattes that seemed to take over? Pop one of these glossies on top for full-on “Notorious” glam and have your own VH1 countdown moment.

I knew I was onto something when helping A Style Studio’s Lauren Rutkovitz select which products to display on-air for their holiday fashion segment on the BMORE LifeStyle show. We agreed the rose gold-ish frosted shades would complement the on-trend clothes she’d be showing.

I’ve teased restaurant and event radio promoter Downtown Diane for years about her holding onto that frosted/glossy look and was delighted to go to her Toys for Tots fundraiser at Nickel Tap House and let her know that she was having a “moment.” Here she is with the ColourPop frosted gloss from her “Feelin Fine” trio that the Sephora staff told her was the “latest thing.”

Since the “tots” weren’t around, Diane and I shared a smoked Old Fashioned deemed worthy of fellow columnist Brian Michael Lawrence. How could we not, when it was the perfect match to her glossy? We also agreed that this gloss stays on better than those of yesteryear. But, but who really cares? Half the fun is in reapplying, especially after years of the everything-proof dry lip stain craze.

That’s not to say old favorites are old news. MUA and spray tan expert Kristen Floyd braved the chilly weather with me recently at Green Spring Station’s “Makers Market” to do a lipstick touch-up table – sponsored by Johns Hopkins – for shoppers. With all the shimmering options from Make Up Factory, we still found many went for a hot red instead of the cool frosts.

You certainly can’t argue with the warmer choice given the seasonal temps.

Not being much of a a cold weather fan, I spent part of the day inside Uno’s Salon. There, we combined both looks by adding Make Up Factory’s gold or silver shimmery lip toppers to the reds to stay on-trend and make reds even more festive. These glosses can also be worn alone to look holiday-ready for the red-phobic. Here’s Uno himself with my stylist model after she tried the combo.

I had the pleasure of doing up Dina Moyer of Johns Hopkins for her Women Who Move Maryland shoot while at the salon. We finished with Nars frosted gloss in Orgasm. Notice how the frosted bits keep the heavy photography makeup from looking flat.

Finishing out the week was Katherine Wooten demo-ing that she was literally the sum of all these parts. I snapped her at the Foundry Apartments of Owings Mills “Girls Night In” doing Lip Sense makeovers. She shared that the cruelty-free products give you matte, frost, and adjustable options that last so long, you need a special remover to get them off at night. Here she is showing a resident coordinator how to apply the two steps to last throughout her shift.

The trick here? Using “Caramel Apple” with the “Diamond” top coat.

Owen O'Donnell

Owen Michael O'Donnell is a 16-year cosmetic veteran based proudly in Baltimore. The busy makeup artist has worked everywhere from Saks Fifth Avenue to Sephora (as a manager), as well as several salon/spa chains. His work has been featured in magazines such as Elle, Cosmo, Girl's Life, Baltimore Style, Health, Self, Baltimore Mag, as well as many commercials and fashion events. Owen is a regular fixture on Baltimore TV news, both on-camera and behind the scenes. He also guest teaches at local beauty schools and heads up a cosmetics program for cancer patients at a local hospital. The native Baltimorean has always thought of the city and its environs as a series of unique villages - each with its own panache and memorable characters. He’s always struck by how much style there is and frustrated with just how easy it is to miss if you don’t know where to look. Owen will be using his highly trained eye to focus on some of the latest fashion and beauty trends that he spots around town (and maybe even giving us the skinny on how to achieve those looks ourselves!)