They say that beauty is pain — and occasionally, that pain costs an inordinately large amount of money. (They don’t actually say that last part, but I still feel like it’s accurate.)
Makeup artist extraordinaire Vlada Haggerty was recently enlisted to create a lip art look for Smashbox Cosmetics which would break the Guinness World Record for Most Expensive Lip Art (a title which I doubt was very highly contested, but whatever). The spectacle was part of an event hosted by Smashbox and Sephora to promote the launch of the Be Legendary Liquid Metal and the Be Legendary Liquid Pigment.
You may remember Vlada Haggerty as the iconic makeup artist that Kylie Jenner has been accused of emulating with her lip kits. Haggerty’s work is typically focused on lush lips, complete with her signature liquid lipstick drip.
The perfect drip with 'Brick Trick' Liquid Pigment by @smashboxcosmetics mixed with clear gloss ❤️ Available now online at smashbox.com and ulta.com and @ultabeauty stores! ____________ Photography by @davisfactor Model: @ibellapeschardt Makeup and concept by @vladamua ____________ #makeup #beauty #macrobeauty #macrophotography #lipart #liquidart #dripart #glossylips #gloss #highshine #lips #artisticmakeup #creativemakeup #liquidlips #belegendaryliquidlip #liquidpigment #raspberrylips #raspberry #makeupbyvladamua #smashbox #smashboxcosmetics #vladamua
For this particular lip art endeavor, Haggerty used the Smashbox Be Legendary Liquid Metal in in Crimson Chrome for the vibrant red base, as well as actual gold leaf and 80 diamonds.
The entire lip look came in at around 6.5 carats, and cost a grand total of $26,500 ($25,000 of which were diamonds).
80 diamonds, 6.5 carats, $26K and 1 nervous security guard later—feast your eyes on the world's most expensive lip art, created by our amazing lip editor-in-chief @vladamua! Special thank you to @zoechiccojewelry for lending the diamonds. . 📷 by #Smashbox founder/photog @davisfactor. Model: @lauraclairegude . Red shade is our new #BeLegendaryLiquidLip in Crimson Chrome, a true red #LiquidMetal.
According to Smashbox, there was even a security guard in place to guard the highly luxurious lip art throughout the entire event.
The anticipation is killing us! In-progress shot of the world's most expensive lip art being completed by our amazing lip editor-in-chief @vladamua (see today's other post for the final $26K look) . Special thank you to @zoechiccojewelry for lending the diamonds. . 📷 by #Smashbox founder/photog @davisfactor. Model: @lauraclairegude
Not surprisingly, the lip art did indeed set a world record.
Although, if you ask me, it should have set the Guinness World Record for Most Uncomfortable Make-Out, or Least Functional Lipstick Ever. I mean, it’s all well and good to create a flawless lipstick look, but I find it highly unlikely that this model was able to even talk, eat, drink or laugh, thanks to the enormous diamonds encrusted on her upper lip.
Reliving the night when we got to create The Most Expensive Lip Art together with @lauraclairegude ❤️ Photos and gif by the amazing @juliakuzmenko Model prep by @ljsbrand Diamonds provided by @zoechiccojewelry Thank you so much @smashboxcosmetics for this incredible night! Both of us are wearing @smashboxcosmetics Liquid Metal in Crimson Chrome 👄❤️💋 #makeup #lips #lipart #redlip #diamondlips #makeupbyvladamua #vladamua
Moral of the story? Beautiful and intricate lip art is great for Instagram photos, but in actual reality, maybe we should all stick to something a tad more functional, and leave the rhinestones off of our mouths.