Re-VAMP your Lovely Lips!
I used to think red was too bold for me. Too... daring, I guess. Sure, I could rock a red-lipped look for cosplaying or a sexy Halloween costume, but for regular ol' me? Not so much.
Or so I thought.
Seeing Katy Perry and Taylor Swift in red lipstick, they looked so elegant and even powerful. I figured, why not give it a try? Fast-forward a few months and I find myself looking for reasons to wear red. I like the impact of switching up my look, going from pink gloss or neutral nude one day to radiant red the next. The fun thing about red is, there are a LOT of ways to pull it off. For today's blog post, I'm focusing on one of my favorites...
I'm a few hours early for Friday night, but my lips are ready for the weekend. Pucker up! Here's how I got this look, which I will pull together after work with a little black dress and a secret smile.
What you'll need:
A neutral lip liner.
I usedNabi Lipliner Pencilin soft brown. You'll want something darker than nude, but with absolutely NO pink and NO shimmer.
A red, matte lipstick.
My choice?J.Cat's Matte Lipstick Diaryin Fun Makeout Day - it's kind of my dream come true for a red matte. Not a clowny red or a burgundy red, just old Hollywood glam, velvetty red. I'm pimping this a lot because it has taken me a lonnng time to find the right kind of red for a vamped up look, and this one delivers.
A lot of mattes end up feeling TOO dry, kind of flaky, and just... I end up with color that doesn't last more than an hour before my lips look parched. Make sure whichever brand you go with, it still magically moisturizes even with your classy matte look.
Makeup savvy gals out there, you probably already knew this, but to get a lot of these multi-layered lip looks, you want a little black shading. It's a technique you'll absolutely ADORE once you get the hang of it, I promise!
This time I usedJordana Classic Color Eyelinerin black - it costs $1.41 and is a solid, no nonsense black liner... which is sometimes all you need! Whatever you do,DON'T use a gel or liquid liner.For lip shadowing, you want a typical pencil liner that needs to be sharpened. At least, that's how I can get the look.
A lip brush.
It can be a glossing brush or a lipstick application brush, just not too thin.BeauTique Vivace Lip Brushis a good one (and under $3, too). Today I went with Ecotools Detailed Lip Brush which is part of their4 Piece Touch-Up Set.
Use your neutral lip liner and make and X shape, starting at the highest points on the bow of your lips.
Line the rest of your lips, following the natural curve of your mouth.
Apply red lipstick and blot your lips on a tissue.
Now take your eyeliner and color in the corners of your upper and lower lips. Place a small line at the center of your bottom lip. Trace the "heart" at the bow of your lips.
Use your lip brush to sweep lightly from the corners to the centers of your lips. If this is your first time, go gently. You want to *barely* unite the darkened areas... this look takes finesse, but the results are rich and super vampy.
Apply another coat of red lipstick, avoiding the areas you've darkened. Blot and reapply until it looks as dark as you like!
I've done this look with everything from date nights to pirate day at the Renaissance Faire - surprisingly it even goes well with my work clothes today. Red is one of those lip colors that can enhance an everyday look or add sultriness to your already sexy makeup plans.
Have you guys tried a red vamp lipstick look? Or any of the shading techniques going around the beautysphere? Share your tips and stories! I can't be the only one who wants to know. ;)
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