Kat Von D-evotees should be aware of and subscribed to the Kat Von D Beauty YouTube channel, which features the hand-picked Artistry Collective. The AC is comprised of four artists with unique perspectives and who create outrageously gorgeous looks, which they show you how to recreate. The blurred x glossy Kat Von D lip look is a signature crafted by Artistry Collective member Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick. She teaches fans and makeup obsessives how to do this diffused, not-quite-ombre but totally multi-hued and mega-glossy lip look. This lip is not meant for every day or the office but it's rad. It's comprised of several different lipsticks, both in stick and liquid form, and clear gloss. Fitzpatrick also uses makeup brushes to buff the lines and to diffuse the color.
No, it's not a quick look to create. Yes, it takes a lot of time and some additional effort to design this statement lip. And of course it's totally worth the investment of time and energy spent on it. It's also easier than you think.
The diffused, glossy, and soft-focus lip is certainly gothy and in keeping with the Kat Von D aesthetic. But what makes it so amazing is that the brand has provided a platform that allows users to replicate some pretty extreme looks. This isn't line, apply, and go. This is makeup artistry.
This is Fitzpatrick's lip design, which she calls "Soul Eater," up close. It's imperfect and intentionally messy and that's what I love about it.
Grab this red shade of Studded Kiss and use the Shade & Light Eye Brush, sweeping to brush the tip of the color and apply directly.
The brush allows you to create a soft, faded edge. It also treats the lipstick like blended eyeshadow so you can diffuse properly.
Apply another swipe — this time directly from the bullet to lips — and buff it out again.
Next, add the darker, plummier shade Vampira and buff it out with a brush while diffusing it into Underage Red. Fitzpatrick recommends the Studded Kiss lipsticks because they are creamy, pigmented, and stain lips.
Keep buffing Vampira out with a fluffy shadow brush to continue diffusing color.
Fitzpatrick the added Slayer, the darkest Studded Kiss shade, in the center of her mouth. She notes you really only need three colors and some patience, since you do a few layers.
For the gloss phase, you use a flat brush to grab the thick, shiny gloss and apply it. Add the gloss in the center and fade it to the edges, like a sheet of gloss.
This step is actually optional — finishing with Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Witches and continuing to blend with a clean flat brush.
The key is lots of layers, lots of brushes, and lots of patience!