The Actual Lip Color Liv Tyler Wore In The Lord Of The Rings

When "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" premiered in 2001, many die-hard J. R. R. Tolkien fans were skeptical about the idea of Liv Tyler portraying Arwen, Lady of Rivendell (via Entertainment Weekly). Tyler was seen as an unconventional choice, as she'd only appeared in several small roles throughout the 1990s. 

Looking back on the skepticism, it's understandable that fans of the original book series would express concern over the casting of the movies, but much of the skepticism was without merit. Tyler's on-screen performance in "The Fellowship of the Ring" is now considered one of the most memorable performances. This is likely because Peter Jackson, who directed the trilogy of movies comprising "The Lord of the Rings" franchise, wanted to expand Tyler's role in the films.

Speaking with Charlie Rose in 2002, Jackson said "The character of Arwen, who Liv plays very, very wonderfully, she is barely in the book" (via YouTube). Jackson went on to say that he gave Tyler more screen time because he thought it enhanced the overall story arc of her character — and because it generally made the movies better. "The more that Liv's in it the better really," Jackson said.

If you harbor similar sentiments about Tyler's glowing portrayal of Arwen, you'll know what it's like to stare wistfully out the window while wishing you were a beautiful, immortal elf. We can't help with the Elvish part, but we can tell you the actual lip color Liv Tyler wore in "The Lord of the Rings" to help you recreate part of her eternal look at home.

Liv Tyler wore this Clinique lip color in The Lord of the Rings

In a movie franchise as vast as "The Lord of the Rings," it's hard to stand out on-screen amidst such an impressive cast of characters. There are orcs and elves, Hobbits and wizards, and magical creatures galore. Many of the most beloved characters from the stories were portrayed in the films by big-name actors like Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, and Cate Blanchett (via Us Weekly). Even though these actors played their Tolkien counterparts impressively, it was Liv Tyler's portrayal of Arwen that many of us were most enamored with when we were younger.

Tyler plays an immortal elf whose story involves excitement, danger, true love, conflict, and independence. Arwen is easily one of the coolest characters in Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" movies. The fact that she always looked beautiful regardless of whether she was in battle or in the throes of passion enhanced that feeling even more. Though we can't magically sprout elf ears, we can at least copy Tyler's makeup from the films.

According to Brittany Cale on TikTok, Arwen's signature lip color is Clinique's Black Honey lipstick, which is actually a favorite of several esteemed makeup artists in the industry. The lightweight lipstick provides a glossy, tinted shine that works well for every skin tone, and it's paraben-free. Now all we need to do is master Tyler's perfectly curled hair from the movies before we head off on our own Middle Earth adventure.