For me, red lips scream glamour. Not the over-the-top screaming from the rooftops kind, but the kind where it's effortless and lets the face shine. So here's one of my favourite looks I pair up with red lipstick. While the red is very bold, I purposely kept the rest of the face very nude.
I will do a separate review of the lipstick tomorrow. For now, it is such a creamy and moisturizing lipstick that wearing it is such a treat.
- CoverGirl Smoothers in medium to dark
- Besame translucent powder
- Revlon SkinLights Illuminating Wand in medium touch
- Revlon Colorstay liquid liner in black
- Maybelline XXL mascara in black
- Urban Decay Primer Potion
- MAC Sculpt and Shape in warm light/definitive
- MAC Harmony
- NARS Torrid
- NARS Albatross. This is really optional as you can use the highlighting shade from the sculpt and shape duo. I wanted to add a bit or punch to the highlight so I added this.
- Lancome Red Stiletto
- My fingers to apply the tinted moisturizer
- MAC 129 to apply the powder and blush
- MAC 239 to apply the highlight on the lid and the brow bone
- MAC 222 to apply the crease colour
- Smashbox fan brush to apply the highlighter on my cheekbones
I applied the tinted moisturizer, CoverGirl smoothers, with my fingers and blended it into the sides of my face. I also concealed where needed (my under-eyes).
I followed with translucent powder with the MAC 129 brush. I really like the brush because I like to get a lot of use out of my brushes and this one does a great job of applying powder and blush.
For this look, the brows have to be very groomed. I just got my eyebrows done, but if yours are unruly, tweeze away the strays and enhance them for maximum effect.
I patted on Primer Potion to my entire eyelid. I like using a prime that doesn't have any colour for this because I want to use the colour of my eyelids.
I applied the highlighting shade from the sculpt and shape duo on the entire lid with the MAC 239 brush.
I gave subtle definition to my crease with the contouring shade from the sculpt and shape duo and using the MAC 222 brush. Be sure to blend out the contouring shade. Don't worry if it's not a very dark crease because the look is supposed to be very natural (but better of course).
I applied Albatross to my brow bone and blended into the crease with the MAC 222 brush.
With a steady hand, I applied the Colorstay liquid liner from the inner corner of my eye to the outer edge. At the inner corner, keep the liner very thin. As you get to the middle of the eye thicken the line slightly. At the outer corner, extend the liner as far as you are comfortable. Keep the extended part of the liner thin.
I applied mascara to the top lashes only.
I added a basic brown rose blush to my cheeks from the apple of my cheeks to the temple with the MAC 129 brush. I chose a nude blush because I didn't want to overwhelm the cheeks.
To add a very slight pop of colour, I dipped only the top of the MAC 129 brush in torrid, tapped off the excess, and very lightly applied it on the apple of my cheeks. Be careful to keep this very subtle as it's meant to add warmth and a hint of colour.
I used the Smashbox fan brush to apply Albatross to the top of my cheekbones.
For the final touch, I didn't want to use a lip liner or gloss. I applied Red Stiletto to my lips. You can use a lip brush for precision if you like but I was a bit too lazy for this.