Advertisement
  1. Sports
  2. /
  3. Lightning

Lightning singer Sonya Bryson-Kirksey shares her blue lipstick secrets

This is must-have information, Tampa Bay!
Retired Air Force technical sergeant Sonya Bryson-Kirksey sings the National Anthem before Game 2 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday, April 12, 2019 in Tampa.
Retired Air Force technical sergeant Sonya Bryson-Kirksey sings the National Anthem before Game 2 of the first round of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday, April 12, 2019 in Tampa. [ DIRK SHADD | Times ]
Published Jul. 1
Updated Jul. 1

Maybe you’re watching the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup final thinking about hockey things. If you’re me, you’re watching Sonya Bryson-Kirksey and thinking: I need to know about her lipstick.

The singer’s blue lips, coated bit-for-bit in glitter, pop on television every time she steps up to sing the Star-Spangled Banner. It’s mesmerizing. And it’s not surprising that she has makeup skills. Read Mari Faiello’s profile of the retired U.S. Air Force technical sergeant, who’s also a talented visual artist and an advocate for children’s literacy.

I texted her Wednesday, before Game 2, to beg for the lipstick lowdown. She was busy running around getting ready, but about an hour before the puck drop, she found a minute to drop the whole routine!

Here goes:

On clean, dry lips, she starts with NYX Liquid Suede, a hyper-pigmented liquid lipstick. She lets it dry, then hits it with a layer of Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in Explorer.

When that’s still a little tacky, it’s glitter time. She uses a makeup-grade blue glitter from a company called Muah, available on Etsy, in — wait for it — Lightning Bolt — on both lips, followed by a translucent shade called Royalty last.

“It makes the color pop,” she said.

“Make sure you let people know that there are some easier kits out there that can be used for the same effect, sort of,” she said. “I just do everything old school.”

People, give this woman the Stanley Cup.

• • •

Sign up for Lightning Strikes, a weekly newsletter from Bolts beat writer Eduardo A. Encina that brings you closer to the ice.

Never miss out on the latest with the Bucs, Rays, Lightning, Florida college sports and more. Follow our Tampa Bay Times sports team on Twitter and Facebook.