November 19, 2013

4 Steps to Refine the Red Lip Look

You know what's great about rocking a bold red lip? You look "put together" in literally seconds (depending on how skilled you are at applying it) and depending on the hue, your teeth will look instantly whiter. But before you go slappin' on any old tube of red lipcolor without paying attention to the rest of your mug, check out how these 4 super easy steps will really pull your look together.

First and formost, make sure your skin is prepped, primed and in the very least, apply a BB or CC cream to make sure you have a flawless finish. I like a completely flawless finish when I wear red lips, so I have a full coverage foundation on in this picture. I'm wearing Revlon's Colorstay Makeup for Combo/Oily Skin in Sand Beige 180 along with YSL Creme de Blush in #02 Powdery Rose. (I contoured down the sides of my nose, sides of forehead and under my cheekbones, but highlighting and contouring is a whole 'nother post in and of itself).

On the left side, you'll see a completely naked eye. I think it looks tired and ponchy, but if you don't see much wrong with it, take a look at the eye on the right. Polished, refined and almost looks "lifted", larger in size and brighter right? See how the brow frames the eye and gives it more life? This took me less than 5 minutes and only 4 products to do with NO eyeshadow whatsoever! Check out below for what was used on my eye (and don't judge my nubby, sharpened WAY down brow pencil).

 Here's what was used for the eye area and below the photo are some tips and application techniques...

First I filled in my brows using YSL Eyebrow Pencil in 02 (You can see how much I love this pencil as it is almost sharpened down to a's that good). Eyebrows are SO SO SO important! Check out my video tutorial of how I fill in my brows using a powder and a stiff angled brush here.

Secondly, I used Estee Lauder Artist's Eye Pencil in Soft Smudge Black (sadly this is discontinued, but any black eye pencil will do. This is another favorite HERE.) All I did was drag this THROUGH my top lash line. That's it. This takes some practice as most people are used to drawing a line above their lashes, but drawing it through the top lashes creates definition and fullness without a harsh line. It opens up the eye and really makes it "pop". No liner on bottom.

Then I applied a coat of Revlon's Lash Potion Grow Luscious Mascara to my bottom lashes first (always apply to bottom lashes first. If you first apply to top lashes and then try to apply to bottom lashes, you'll end up opening your eyes really wide to apply to bottom lashes and end up getting wet mascara on your brow bone).  

Lastly, if you don't own the NYX Wonder Pencil I HIGHLY suggest getting one. It comes in 3 shades (mine is "Light" (duh). This thing rocks. You can use it to cover spots, blemishes, freckles, imperfections, line the outermost line of lips for a perfect pout and my all time favorite thing to use this for is an eye rimmer for your water line (that slick part of your inner eyelid right above your lower lashes). Nude liner works SO much better than the old white liner in the water line trick as it is so much more natural and doesn't give you a scary white line around your eyeballs. I have used this bad boy so many times to brighten up my eyes when they look tired and red (which is often...I have a 10 month old baby).

The lip lineup...

There you have it! Perfect peepers to go with your pretty pout in just a few extra steps! Just in time for all of those holiday parties that will be popping up all over the place!

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