Celebrate the festive season with one of these red-carpet-inspired looks…
the stained lip
If you love the dark burgundy lip trend but aren’t sure you can pull it off, then this pared-back alternative is the look for you. To keep it feeling effortless, lightly wash a neutral-coloured eyeshadow all across the eyelid, define the brows and then add a few coats of lash-extending mascara. Get yourself a berry coloured lipstick in cooler, blue-based tones – think raspberry or plum. Apply to the lips and finish with a hint of gloss for some added sparkle or simply pat down with a tissue if you prefer a more sheer stained-lip finish.
Ironically, one of the trickiest beauty looks to create is the no-makeup look, but there is an easy way. Start by prepping your skin with cleanser, moisturiser and primer before applying a sheer layer of lightweight foundation or tinted moisturiser. Finish the skin with a wash of bronzer over the cheeks, eyes and through the hairline. Avoid shimmer eyeshadows completely and instead go with matte colours on the eyelid in warm brown and ivory tones. Define the eye with a super fine application of liquid liner into the lash line before finishing with mascara. Apply a nude gloss to the lips and you’re good to go.
The red lip is always a classic but for something a little more fun and a lot more summery, this season we’re all about the watermelon lip. Look for a matte finish shade that’s in between pink and red, and definitely grab a matching lip liner as this will help your lipstick last longer. Don’t overdo the look with heavy eye makeup – instead use neutral and subtle silvers or warm shimmery champagne colours as these will offset your bold lip perfectly.
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