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Vlada’s Best Looks (In Her Own Words)

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Photography by Esteban La Tessa; images courtesy Instagram.com/vladamua

The buzz you hear? That’s the sound of makeup artists, Beauty Junkies and lip art fans collectively flipping out over the news that superstar lip artist Vlada Haggerty (@vladamua) was recently in Australia, hanging out in-store and filming a series of fun tutorials for her local fans.

The artistic idol was in the country to help launch the extended Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Lips range and show off some of her (ahem) legendary work.

We’re so excited for you to see Vlada’s upcoming tutorials (stay tuned) and watching her at work on set was something else; her manipulation of colour and texture, her finely-honed skills, her awe-inspiring references—just how does she do it?

Tasked with the near-impossible job of choosing ten looks from her vast (and we mean vast) portfolio, we asked the divine Ms Vlada for the inside word on some of our favourite looks…

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BLADE RUNNER BOLDNESS

“This was inspired by the Be Legendary lip gloss shade Crimson Chrome. I was going for a futuristic red lip.” And we like to think of it as old-school-romance-meets-sci-fi-realness.

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SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND

“The most valuable lip art in the world! I was inspired by classic diamond jewellery pieces and wanted to make the model’s lips into a piece of art.” We can’t help but wonder: does this one come with its own security guard?

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DRIP IT REAL GOOD

“The rose-gold lip is very special to me for many reasons. One of them [being] it’s very unique and one of a kind.” Not to mention kicking off a social-media frenzy; every Beauty Junkie worth their weight in liquid lipstick dreams of recreating this look at home.

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BLUE-EYED BABY

“I love glossy textures on lips and eyes. I think they photograph so beautifully.” It’s our favourite new take on a bold eye; do try this at home!

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THE FLOWER SHOW

"This was one of my first lip art videos—it was so shaky!” You know you’re a pro when “shaky” turns out this good.

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BUTTERFLY EYES

"I was sent these beautiful lashes to try and I absolutely fell in love with them. I wanted to showcase them in the best way possible, which meant covering up [my] eyebrows!” We think it brings a whole new meaning to ‘fluttery’ lashes.

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GET IN LINE

"I love everything rose gold. This eyeliner was perfect to highlight the beautiful lashes I wore for this look.” For us? This is when something so simple is done so well and looks oh-so right.

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DISCO FEVER

"Futuristic raspberry. I have a series of hexagon sequin lip art and this is one of them. I love this pattern so much.” Precision + shape + colour = so much yes.

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GOLDEN EYE

"This look was inspired by the genius Pat McGrath [and] the gold eye and brow look she did on Kim Kardashian for Violet Grey.” AKA the Midas effect: everything Vlada touches turns to gold.

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JUICY FRUIT

"The lime [look] turned out to be the most popular among painters and illustrators. I have seen so many different variations of this photo!” Perfection—enough said.


Words by Helene Pappas.

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