Jenna Ortega's 'Wednesday' lip combo is eerily easy to copy

We wonder if Thing helped apply it?

Editor / December 05 2022

Netflix's new smash hit Wednesday is chock-full of juicy mysteries. The two front-runners? Who is the Hyde wreaking havoc on Jericho and what is Wednesday Addams wearing on her lips?

Luckily, beauty expert Cat Quinn did some sleuthing that Addams herself would be proud of to find out just that. Her lip combo, that is. As for the Hyde question, you'll simply have to watch...

What lip colour does Wednesday Addams wear?

It's actually a fittingly simple combo – Addams isn't one to tear herself away from her typewriter for long, so it makes sense that her signature look is one relying on only two easy-to-apply products. "Makeup designer Tara McDonald told me exclusively that Wednesday is wearing M.A.C Lip Pencil in Nightmoth ($32 at M.A.C) mixed with clear balm," Quinn explained in a TikTok.

Her advice? "Run to M.A.C before this is sold out." Hard agree on that; the colour (described by the brand as a 'blackened plum') is bound to fly off shelves with Addams' seal of spooky approval.




How to get Wednesday Addams' lip colour

Don't just go straight in with the lip liner and top with the balm though; the application technique is key to mastering the Addams aesthetic. "Mix it together in a pot; you could also use your hand like me," Quinn elaborated. "They would dab it on her lips to get this perfect 'soft goth lip'."

"The idea was for her to look like she had naturally dark lips," McDonald (the show's makeup designer) told 
Cosmopolitan. "I didn't want it to look like she was wearing lipstick." That's where the balm comes in; it's able to sheer out the liner colour to a point where it's both highly blendable and incredibly believable.

Balm wise, we advise sampling the Dr. Pawpaw Original Balm ($6.45 at Discount Chemist), as it's rumoured to be the brand used on-set.

The best bit about working with a balm? You can tailor the levels of colour and gloss you're working with. For instance, the 'shine' factor was amped up when Addams got a little extra goth glam for The Rave'N dance. But besides that, she kept her colour depth and soft shine pretty consistent.

As for the application, we don't doubt that Thing is as skilled with makeup as he is with dress-thieving; he's got (or rather is) an incredibly steady hand, after all.

M.A.C Lip Pencil in Nightmoth

Dr. PawPaw Original Balm

Main image credit: Wednesday/Netflix

Want more movie-approved lip colours to try? Here's what Camila Mendes wore in Do Revenge...

Delaney began her career in the Australian beauty media industry in 2015, landing amidst the glossy world of women’s lifestyle magazines (or more literally, in their beauty cupboards). Since then, she has gone on to write across a multitude of beloved Australian media brands, including OK!, NW, InStyle, and Harper’s BAZAAR. She’s covered every side of beauty content, from directing beauty editorial shoots to rounding up the best glossy serums for golden hour skin. Having spent nearly a decade immersed in the beauty realm, Delaney’s knowledge of beauty is as extensive as her collection of tinted lip oils (read: extremely extensive). Delaney is currently the Digital Managing Editor of BEAUTYcrew, and her beauty wisdom also appears across beautyheaven, ELLE and Marie Claire. She enjoys channelling her personal hobby (testing beauty products) into her professional work (talking about testing beauty products), and considers perfecting the art of a cat eye in a moving car her life’s greatest accomplishment.

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