Oxblood is the New Black

12.3.13 image Oxblood by Elisabeth Fuentes Nothing screams sex appeal like a bright red lip. A bold red lip conjures images of feminine confidence and power. But, it’s not for everyone. Fashionistas around the world have been given the opportunity to sport a less intimidating version of the classic look. I’m sure you’ve seen it take the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar by storm; the newly dubbed “Oxblood” is everywhere this time of year. Several major brands like Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton and Alexander Wang have even incorporated this trendy shade into their fall fashion lines. We all know the shade; it’s often called Burgundy or Wine. It’s Red’s slightly more wild British cousin, with a spike of punk rocker on the side.  Since the color is so hard to pin point, the name tends to identify a range of deep purple-reds with warm brown undertones. The first time the term, “Oxblood” was found in the English language dates back to the late fifteenth/early sixteenth century. Jennifer Laurence recently graced the red carpet sporting a new pixie do and an amazing dark lip for her Cathing Fire premier. It wasn’t exactly the Katniss Everdeen that I was expecting, but I LOVED it! So last night after work, I went on a mission. I wanted that perfect shade of Oxblood. I swung by the local drug store and picked up a few budget friendly versions of the hue and headed back to the house to try out the new look. I must admit, I was a bit overwhelmed while peering over the four dark red shades.  So I took a big girl drink of my wine and dove right in! Be sure to have a wash cloth handy, smudging this color is going to stain your skin. I tried a few different shades and finally settled on this dicey little number in “Bruised Cranberry.” What do you think? Is it or a miss? Maybe I’ll wear it to the CIS Christmas party so standby for more pictures! Take a quick glance through the DWCP and give our Colour Index listing a scan. See what raw materials that Oxblood can be derived from like Natural Mercuric Sulfide, Gold-silver Sulfide (AgAuS), or manganese inosilicate.