When backstage at the Monique Lhuillier show during New York Fashion Week, I learned a pretty snazzy trick that’ll help make all of your bold lipsticks — red included — last longer and look perfectly matte. The secret is blush, yes, blush.
Makeup artist Val Garland created a gorgeous look (a la an “early ’90s Helmut Lang girl”) that was defined by a fabulous red lip. And, in order to get the perfect shade of red you see above, she mixed three products. First she applied a blue-based red lip liner (she used MAC Lip Pencil in Cherry, $14) then she topped the liner with a yellow-based red lipstick (she used MAC Lipstick in Lady Danger, $14.50). The combo together adds depth to your pout to make it look fuller. And finally, the most important and interesting part — she set the lipstick with blush. Yes, the powdery stuff you normally dust on your cheeks. She dabbed a reddish orange blush over the lipstick to make it appear super matte and to set the color for long-lasting wear. She used MAC Pro Satin Blush in Devil, $15.50 (available at Pro stores only).
I’ve set mine with loose powder before, but haven’t ever tried blush. Have you? I’m definitely attempting it the next time I go for red.
When New York City-based makeup artist Fabiola Arancibia posted a photo on Facebook of Julianne Moore at a fall fashion week kickoff event, I immediately had to message her to get the scoop on how she created the gorgeous makeup look. Here’s how she did it:
First, she admitted that she was “fortunate to have worked with such a gorgeous face” before spilling the details on the look …
Step 1: She prepped Moore’s skin with Kiehl’s Acai Damage-Protecting Toning Mist, $26 and the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate, $44, which she says gives extra hydration and looks amazing under foundation — especially if your skin is a little dry.
Step 2: She applied Cle de Peau Cream Foundation, $120 in the T-zone area and on Moore’s cheeks. She blended it using a moist Beauty Blender, $19.95, for light coverage.
Step 3: To conceal Moore’s undereye area she used two shades of Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat, $40.
Step 4: Using a matte peachy contour cream, she enhanced Moore’s cheekbones.
Step 5: The eyes were enhanced with black liquid liner on top lids, a touch of pencil liner on the bottom and black mascara.
Step 6: Arancibia finished the look by applying a bordeaux lip color (she used Nars Semi Matte Lipstick in Scarlet Empress, $24), which perfectly complemented her striking navy Roberto Cavalli dress.
What do you think of this look? Would you try it?
It’s been cold this week in New York and there’s no better way to brighten your day than by wearing a bright red lipstick — so chic. I’ve been totally obsessed with the creamy lip colors that go on like a gloss but last like a stain (though my favorites keep being discontinued, so I’m going to resist sharing the specific products with you here). But, nothing beats the look of regular old red lipstick. So, I’d like to share two tips that have totally changed the lip color game for me, and have made sporting the bold lip hues so much better.
First, I always start with a stain topped with the lipstick color I want. This ensures that I’ll never have that awkward faded-in-the-middle look that always seems to happen midday. Any gel or stain marker will do, but my go-to stain “base” over the years has been Vincent Longo Original Lip and Cheek Gel Stain in Baby Boo $22.50. It’s a slightly darker version of my natural lip color, and it isn’t drying at all. Next, I apply my bold lipstick of choice. Then, the final touch is to use a foundation brush and a bit of concealer to very carefully trace the outline of my lips. This keeps everything in place and gives the red a nice sharp line that looks oh-so professional.
So tell me, what do you do to liven up your look in the cold weather? Does lipstick do it for you, too?
– Carrie Stern Kleiner
In celebration of the fact that we’re in full holiday mode, I thought I’d share some of my favorite bold lipsticks, lipglosses, lip stains, you name it, to wear to your many upcoming festivities. Bold lip colors really are the easiest way to take your basic makeup look to the next level — they require a small amount of effort for serious payoff. And, maybe they’ll even keep you from indulging in too many snowball cookies — you wouldn’t want to ruin your lips now would you? Um-hmm, that’s what I thought.
The first bold hue I’m showing off is the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Le Rouge in Ravishing Red, $9.99. I wore this same look to my office holiday party and it was a hit, so I’ve been wearing it every other day since.
What do you think? Do you like the red? Would you wear it?