For a deep red party lip, try Liptini Cordial Shimmering Lip and Cheek Stain in Cerise, a sparkling ruby red. In low light, it captures soft light beautifully and makes teeth look whiter. Ruby Red Lipsticks are great for having deep color without looking garish. And with the wand on all of Liptini’s stains, you will have super-precise control of where the stain goes, and your perfect lips will last all night.
Find Tini Beauty’s Cerise at CVS 360 stores or tinibeauty.com.
Tini Beauty's Liptini Lip Cordial Shimmering Lip and Cheek Stain in Cerise Swatch
There’s a gorgeous new blush that I’m dying to try from Benefit Cosmetics – Bella Bamba. It’s a watermelon pink with gold undertones – from the look of it on Sephora’s site, it looks like a beautiful, universally flattering color. It kind of reminds me of the color I aim for when I mix together three different Nars blushes for that perfect pinch of color. Try it high on the cheekbone almost near the temple- it will draw the eye up and make the top of your cheekbone seem fabulously sculpted.
Find Benefit Cosmetics Bella Bamba at Sephora.com. I can’t wait to try it!
If you are looking for a red lipstick to light up your whole face, try the relatively new Stila Acai Crush Lip and Cheek Stain. With any stain, of course, you will want to practice, but especially so with the Stila Crush line – I love them, but the brush can be a bit unwieldy if you don’t take the time to get the layering down, and once it dries it stays in place no matter what (which is a good thing most of the time, bad if you goof), so precise application is important. Once you get the hang of application, you can do one thin layer for a very wearable ruby red, or two layers for a beautiful bright red. This is two layers pictured below – bold yet wearable. Find Stila Lip & Cheek Stain in Acai Crush at Sephora.com.
Stila Crush Lip and Cheek Stain in Acai Crush
I dare say that those of us in New England are snowed in for a day or two. When the forecast includes “Freezing Fog” (sounds like a Marvel Comics character), you know it will be bitter cold for awhile…and that my skin will be red and raw next time I have to venture outdoors. So I was glad to read about Dermatone Skin Protector Pommade in this month’s Shape Magazine, I was pretty excited. It comes recommended as a must have product from Morgan Arritola, a member of the U.S. Cross-Country Ski Team - a woman who understands cold windy weather. It locks in moisturizer, plus it has an SPF of 23, which is great for SPF touch ups on the go. If there is anything that can prevent raw, icky skin this winter, I’m on board!
Sephora.com is offering an extra 20% off their sale items with code EXTRA at checkout. Their are some nice kits already discounted and the extra 20% makes it an even sweeter deal! Enjoy!
I have a million pretty but empty refillable palettes sitting in my makeup desk draw. Great idea, but it’s so much easier to just throw the product into your bag instead of depotting it. Well, Sephora may have changed that. Check out the SEPHORA COLLECTION Refillable Lipstick Palette - not only does it come with a sleek black palette, but it also comes with everything you need to create your palette, including a silicone melting cup and spatula to get it into the palette wells. Spoon in the lipstick, put the cup in the microwave for 1 minute, and pour into the well, for a professional looking palette! Since you are melting lipsticks, it would be possible to combine colors to get that elusive perfect shade with a little experimentation!
Find the SEPHORA COLLECTION Refillable Lipstick Palette at Sephora.com for only $8.
Does anyone else think Uma Thurman as Poison Ivy when they see this headband in black? Or a Botticelli painting in Oatmeal? Or just plain crazy adorable in Fuschia?
Find this fab Eugenia Kim Eden Feathered Headband at Lock and Mane to indulge your inner Villainness/Venus.
Just got around to reading the January issues of Allure and Vogue, and one thing stands out – Red Lips are here. A lot of women tend to shy away from red lips, but glossy siren-red lipstick is only one option. Red lips can be natural looking, a quick perk-up, or dramatic. We’ll consider a few options in upcoming articles, but let’s start with the basics – a no-frills, pretty red.
First step, make sure to moisturize your lips first. This is no time to have dry, flaky lips. Try dabbing a little bit of a moisturizing eye cream on your lips – it will smooth them out and plump up any lines. Make sure to get the corners of your lips as well – any lipstick won’t look it’s best if you are dry around the mouth.
Second, a lip brush helps when trying to be precise with red lipstick (otherwise, it looks messy fast…) You may want to practice a few times to get comfortable with a lip brush before you head out for the night. The nice thing about a lip brush is that you can control how much lipstick goes on and in what spots. If you apply thin coats, you can layer until you have the color/consistency you want. Another benefit of thin layers is that you can take it down a notch if you goof – and it’s easier to remove if you stray outside your lip line.
Third, you may want to dab some concealer/foundation around your mouth to put the focus on your lips. If you have highlighter on hand, gently tap some around your cupid’s bow to give a youthful glow to your mouth. To make your lips look fuller, tap a tiny amount in the middle of your lower lip.
Below is a picture of a basic red lip – the lipstick is Liptini’s Bloody Mary Straight Up Lipstick, which is a classic, universally flattering red. This is one coat with a neutral lip liner on the top of the lip for definition. It’s a great red lip for everyday that can be glammed up for a party, and layered for a more dramatic red, which we will be showing in the upcoming days.
Enjoy trying out a few shades to see what works for you – and don’t be afraid of the red lip!
Liptini Bloody Mary Lip Color