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With Diwali right behind us and plenty more holidays just around the corner, it’s about time we did a look to wear to those holiday parties and functions, so today we will be concentrating on the lips with a deep red, the color of the holiday season, keeping the rest of the face muted with warm tones to create the latest Look Book: Holiday Lips.
I only like to make one feature really pop because this way we can direct people’s attention wherever we want – most commonly either the eyes or the lips. Obviously, since we’re playing up the lips in this look, we have to add one step to our normal face preparation of cleansing, toning and moisturizing. We have to exfoliate the lips so that our lip products go on completely smooth and don’t get stuck on any dead skin. You can do an at-home sugar treatment, a store bought exfoliant, or find your own solution to remove any dead skin and make your lips super smooth.
Before I start working on my face, I apply my NARS Face Primer to keep my makeup in place for longer. It also helps the products go on smoother versus just applying makeup over a moisturizer. Just be sure to let your moisturizer be absorbed by your skin for about 10 minutes prior to applying your primer over. Once our faces are primed, the next steps are to fill in our brows (today I used NYX’s Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown topped with MAC’s Studied Brown) and to prime our eyelids using Lancome’s Aquatique. I also added MAC’s Strobe Cream to my agenda today, it’s a moisturizer that creates an iridescent effect on the skin and looks lovely under makeup. I wouldn’t recommend applying it to your entire face, just areas that you want to highlight. Today, for example, I just applied the Strobe Cream to the apples of my cheeks.
When doing a look of this kind, in which you are playing up one feature over the others, it’s best to do the center of attention first. This way, it is easier to know how much or little makeup to apply to the other areas of your face. So, I started with the lips and applied MAC’s Pro Longwear Lipstain Marker in Purposefully Red. I started with the bow and lined my upper lip, working my way out in short strokes then colored the top lip in. Then, I colored in the inner portion of the lower lip then lined it using the same short-handed strokes. When doing dark or bold colors, I often prefer doing a stain under a gloss so that I can enjoy my evening without having to worry about the product transferring to my glass (or worse… my teeth!), fading as I eat or speak, etc. But before applying my gloss, I really make my lips pop even more by lining the outer portion of my mouth with concealer (I used Bobbi Brown’s Face Touch Up Stick in Golden). It made my lips stand out much more because the lines were perfectly hard and there was no bleeding or feathering.
Even though the eyes are not going to be the focal point, that does not mean we have to leave them bare. Instead, we will do a sheer wash of color using MAC’s Eyeshadow in Bronze. After applying Bronze to the entire eyelid up to the crease I followed it with MAC’s Eyeshadow in Brule to soften the hard edges and as a subtle highlight under the brow and in the corners of my eyes. Typically, I would use a frosted shadow as a highlight on the eyes, but again, since we are making the mouth the center of attention I used this matte color to add dimension but not in an obvious way. I removed any fallout before applying my base makeup (Bronze is a very difficult color to remove if it happens to mix in with your makeup… and I’m speaking from experience) which is why we went in this order. I topped my lashes off with Lancome’s Cils Booster XL followed by Cargo’s Lash Activator to darken my lashes and plump them up a bit, but not make them overly dramatic since today is not about my eyes.
It’s a good thing that nobody is around when I do my makeup because by this time, my face is looking pretty strange with my eyes and lips done without any base makeup! I start with my undereye area, applying my usual products from Bobbi Brown – the Corrector and Creamy Concealer. To the rest of my face, I pick up my Face Touch Up Stick again and top everything off with her Sheer Pressed Powder in Golden Orange.
To keep my cheeks in line with the rest of my face, I used a warm toned blush that blended easily and wouldn’t be attention-grabbing. I reached for Rock & Republic’s Pressed Blush in Lust, which almost looks like a bronzer.
The very last step, and a step I often wait until I am minutes away from my destination, is to top my ruby stained lips off with a gloss and to keep the theme going I chose Fusion Beauty’s Lip Fusion in Smooch, a shimmering rich red, and I was ready for the evening!
This article was written by Natasha Kohli, makeup artist and editor of TheCosView.com . Natasha’s philosophy on beauty is to find and then do what makes you feel good and feel gorgeous no matter what it may be, because that’s what this is all about.