But I digress...back to the lips...This color is actually a bit deeper in person. These photos are unedited, UNFILTERED (there's a first for everything, right?) and just taken in my bright white bathroom with the flash on. Make sure your skin is FLAWLESS. Now is not the time to skip foundation or concealer, it's just not. Make sure your brows are on point and for God's sake, ladies, keep the eyes classic and simple. No heavy smokey eye with your vamply lips unless you're going to a costume party as a Robert Palmer "Addicted to Love" video girl. Actually that's a great idea...*makes mental note*. If super dark red lips scare the shit out of you (no judgment) my favorite COOL red lipstick for all you gals with cool undertones is Dior 'Rouge Dior' Lipstick in 999 Iconic. And for you warm undertone gals (can I get a 'what what'?!) my fave warm red is NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square. That should be a good place to start experimenting.
:: Here is everything I used to achieve this look ::
After I moisturized my face, I applied:
L'Oreal Paris RevitaLift Miracle Blur Cream all over my face (a little more than half a dime size dollop) applied with fingers.
Revlon PhotoReady Makeup in 004 Nude applied with a stippling foundation brush like this. Dot around entire face and "buff" into the skin using the brush to get an airbrushed finish.
YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch in No. 2 "Radiant Ivory" applied using the Trish McEvoy "Triangle of Light" technique (see here) this feels crazy the first time you try it, but once you do, you'll do it every time you do your makeup. It brightens up the whole face and makes your cheekbones scream "HELLLLLO!!"
NYX "Set it and Don't Fret It" Matte Finishing Powder in Light/Medium all over with a fluffy face brush (I use this one) to set foundation
L'Oreal Paris True Match Powder in N7 Classic Tan to contour underneath cheekbones, sides of nose, around forehead and along jawline.
YSL Creme de Blush in No. 2 "Powdery Rose" applied with fingers on apples of cheeks.
NARS Hungry Heart highlighter duo. Apply the darker shade over blush and the lighter shade along cheekbones.
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in Auburn/Red on brows applied with an angled brush (I use this one) and NYX Eyebrow Shaper underneath brows to keep them in shape.
Trish McEvoy Eye Base Essentials Brightening Eye Shadow Primer in "Demure" all over lid before shadow.
NYX The Natural Eyeshadow Palette (from left, I used the 4th color in all over lid up to brow bone, then the 3rd color in in my crease and blend up to just above crease).
NYX Super Fat Eye Marker to draw a thick line on top lashes ONLY.
L'Oreal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara in Blackest Black on top and bottom lashes.
MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry
NYX Extra Creamy Round Case Lipstick in "Snow White" applied with a lip brush for accuracy.
One last thing...this color makes teeth look CRAZY white. It was an added bonus. When I removed my lipstick later that day, it had a definite blue/pink undertone (which you can't see when it's on) but any lipcolor with this undertone typically makes teeth look very white...just a piece of trivia for you...in case it ever comes up...you never know!
So, for all you ladies out there who say "I wish I could pull of red lips" blah blah blah, YOU CAN! The best thing you can do (aside from mastering the application technique) is wearing it with confidence! Cheesy? Yes. But if you are rocking a red lip with an "I know I look sexy" attitude, I promise NO ONE will be thinking "why the hell is she wearing red lipstick?" They will be admiring your sassy pout and thinking "I wish I could pull off a red lip!"