Benefit Cosmetics Finding Mr. BrightI love adding brightness to the skin, be it on bare skin or with makeup. Stephanie from Benefit Cosmetics has a great Youtube tutorial on using the products in the Benefit Mr. Bright kit – pay particular attention to her techniques – once I had the makeup artist at my local Benefit counter show me these tricks, using the products became so much easier! Enjoy!
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The good folks at Lock & Mane just posted a vid on how to do a quick and chic updo with this adorable Jennifer Ouellette Satin Covered Button Hair Stick. I couldn’t figure out how to wrangle my hair into a French Twist until I was sitting behind a girl in class who quickly put her hair up with this technique and a hair stick (yes, I was easily distracted from the lecture when there was important hair instruction to be had). Check it out:
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.
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!
Lock & Mane has a fab article on how to get a modern bedhead Bridget Bardot look, brought to you by Oscar Blandi. Check out the article – it’s a fairly easy style!