"Life, passion, love" are the three words Dior's creative and image director, Peter Philips, uses to describe the brand's new Ultra Rouge Collection's radiant, long-wear red lipsticks, which, if we're being frank, is what we'd love to be the descriptors for almost everything we use on a daily basis. To celebrate the launch of the new products (26 shades and 12 ink felt-tip liners), Philips put together a series of stunning lip artistry looks, some of which you can wow your friends with and others that aren't as wearable and just serve as striking eye candy. But in any case, we're entranced by Philips's work, which is made even more dynamic with pops of black and white to both subdue and deepen the scarlet hues. Take a look for yourself below.
An artistic, modern take on the contrasting dark lip liner from the '90s, this bare lip meets deep felt-tip edging was created using new Rouge Dior Ink Lip Liner ($32) in Radical.
A classic, satiny red lip, Rouge 999 was used here to saturate the lips with a gorgeous cherry red that feels light on the lips and lasts 12 hours.
An artfully smudged trio of red (Rouge 999), black (Rouge 111), and white (Rouge 000) makes for a head-turning work of art. Imagine how cool the result would be if the model were to blot her lips together.
Philips formed these bubble letters, which resemble tasteful graffiti, to spell out Dior with five different lipsticks: Ultra Rouge in Ultra Star, Ultra Dior, Ultra Darling, Ultra Love, and Ultra Light (for the white dots). He then lined each with Rouge Dior Ink Lip Liner in Poison.
Another nail/lip combo, this look also uses Rouge Dior and Dior Vernis 999.
Three variations of red (Ultra Shock, Ultra Dior, and Ultra Love) were altered here using white and black (Ultra Light and Ultra Night, respectively) for an ombré look. On the bottom lip, white is blended into the center of the lip with black bleeding into both the bottom and upper corners of the lips.
Watch the new campaign with Natalie Portman for even more red lip inspo.