Posts Tagged ‘lipstick’

A step-by-step guide to pink ombré lips

       
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

A step by step guide to pink ombré lips

The ombré effect made a big splash over the past few years, as many celebrities traded their perfect highlights and dye jobs for a grown-out, faded look. We all rejoiced because truth be told, it meant that we could wait a little longer in between salon trips and still look polished. Now, ombré is going beyond hair and becoming a major lip trend. While matte lipstick is no doubt still having a moment, an allover lip shade with consistent intensity can sometimes get boring. The best part about ombré lips is that with varying richness of pigment, you can dramatically boost the fullness of your pout.

Ready to draw attention to your lips? Here’s how to get this stunning two-tone look:

  1. You’ll need two shades of pink, one lighter and one that’s two to three shades deeper, for the ombré effect. The possibilities are endless, so feel free to play around with dusty rose, bubblegum pink and even electric fuchsia. However, it’s important that they are the same hue, so if you’re using an icy cool pale pink, make sure that your darker shade is in the same color family and also has cool undertones. Conversely, a golden or coral pink lipstick should be used in conjunction with a warmer dark color.
  2. Start by dabbing the deeper shade on the center of your lower lip. Press your lips together so that it smudges to the middle of your top lip as well.
  3. Now it’s time to apply the darker shade along the outer lined of your lips. Makeup artist Benjamin Puckey told InStyle magazine that he likes to use a firm flat lip brush, as this helps to ensure a precise line. This step is key because it provides definition to your pout.
  4. Next, it’s time to reach for the lighter color. Dab it into the middle of your top and bottom lips and blot them together one time. The paler tone will illuminate your pout, which gives you a plumping effect.
  5. Now that your ombré lips are complete, how do you finish the look? You want to make sure that your pout stays in the spotlight, so this isn’t the time for dramatic eyes or cheeks. Consider adding a light layer of pink blush to the apples of your cheeks for a fresh-faced flush. Then, create a subtle and sleek cat-eye with some liquid liner and you’re good to go.

Trend alert: Blurred lips

       
Friday, December 13th, 2013

Trend alert: Blurred lips

The latest lip trend is the epitome of perfect imperfection. While blurred lips may seem like a beauty accident, the look is actually totally intentional, and incredibly stunning. However, achieving this effect doesn't just require messing up your lipstick – it's an art. This trend initially exploded when models on couture runways strutted down the catwalks rocking a blurry pout, and ever since then, more fashion-forward ladies have been clamoring to emulate the look.

You can get a soft-focus pout, too, by following these simple tips:

Red outside the lines
The models at the Marni show sported a classic red lip, which certainly never goes out of style. However, their version didn't seem to have any boundaries. In fact, the outline of the lips completely disappeared, so it looked as if the lips faded right into the skin. To get that effect, makeup artist Tom Pecheux told Allure magazine that he used a matte berry lipstick to get a rich pop of pigment. Then, he dusted a bright crimson loose pigment on top to set the color. After dipping a cotton swap into translucent powder, he swept it around the edges of the lips to make it look blurry.

Makeup artist Lucia Pieroni used almost the same tactic on the models at Vera Wang. She layered two different burgundy lipsticks on the center of the lips to get the perfect wine-inspired hue, and then dragged the pigment toward the edges with a Q-tip. 

Grunge glam
Rachel Zoe wanted a dramatic look for her show. Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury told the magazine that the designer sought a bold oxblood lip color, which strikes a balance between red and purple. However, she also aimed to soften the intensity of the dark hue by diffusing it. After applying an oxblood lipstick, focusing on the middle of the models' lips, Tilbury blended the pigment outward using her fingertip. The result? A look that's both elegant and edgy at the same time.

Fade out
While you typically apply lip color to make your pout appear plumper, the objective at the Dior show was just the opposite. Makeup artist Pat McGrath, who has painted the models' faces for dozens of couture designers, said that the girls in Andy Warhol illustrations were her muse for this look. She started by applying an intense fuchsia lipstick all over the lip. Then, she used translucent powder to tone down the color a bit and lock it in place. The most important step, though, was dabbing concealer around the border of the mouth so that only the center had a pink flush.

Take a leap with a bold lip color

       
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Take a leap with a bold lip color

Change is a good thing. So isn't it time you set the traditional pink and red lipsticks aside for something a little more daring? Fortunately, unusual lip shades were popping up left and right on the catwalks and red carpets this year, meaning now is the perfect time to experiment with a new hue. 

If you're thinking it might be time to switch it up, consider one of these ideas to perk up your pout:

Blue
Before you balk at the idea of blue lipstick, consider the fact that Rihanna rocked this lip color and still looked impossibly chic. It's a gutsy choice, for sure, but with the right beauty tactics, can still work for almost anyone. Follow RiRi's lead by going for ultra long lashes, which gives the whole look an otherworldly feel. Keep the rest of your makeup minimal, though, avoiding any pigment on your eyelids or cheeks. Just a simple sleek cat-eye can make the whole look more polished and add some allure. Most importantly, make sure your complexion is even by using a BB cream or foundation that can camouflage any redness.

Gold
Searching for a new go-to shade for all your glitzy holiday parties? Look no further than gold lipstick. Makeup artist Nico Guilis told Refinery 29 that this metallic shade is just as romantic as it is glamorous – and it's actually totally wearable, too. He advised using luminizer all over your face to get a dewy, glowing effect. Stay away from shimmery formulas when it comes to your eyeshadow or bronzer, though, since you don't want any glitter competing with your lips. A sweep of espresso eyeliner is just enough to add a sultry touch to your sparkling look.

Purple
You can't get edgier than a purple pout. First, though, you'll need to select the right shade. Those with cool undertones should opt for purples that also have a blueish base, like a true violet. Warm complexions are complemented nicely by a shade that's between purple and red. The key to making purple appear perfect is making sure your complexion is neutral and flawless, which means matte foundation, highlighter and setting powder but minimal blush and bronzer for a porcelain finish. Then add some warmth back to the overall look by applying bronze eyeliner. Remember that dark colors can tend to bleed into fine lines, so it's important to use a lip primer. Guilis noted that you can also apply concealer and line your lips in the same hue to lock the pigment in place.

Master lesson on matte lips

       
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Master lesson on matte lips

Nothing quite says drama like a bold, matte pout. While dark lips sans shine are definitely making a comeback this season, they require a little more effort than swiping on a rich shade of lipstick. Intense pigments  and matte formulas can draw attention to the tiniest lines, cracks and flaws – so you need to make sure your pucker is prepared. Take these measures and your lips will be turning heads in no time:

Exfoliate
Before you even consider painting on a matte shade, it’s crucial to slough off dead skin from your lips. Apply a gentle scrub and massage it in, then rinse off to reveal a smooth, flake-free surface underneath. A washcloth can help with removing the top layer, just be careful not to rub too vigorously or you may irritate your delicate skin.

Moisturize
While we love the matte finish, lipsticks that achieve this are formulated with ingredients that can dry out your pout. Celebrity makeup artist Jim Crawford, who has painted the faces of Halle Berry and Rachel Bilson, told Elle magazine that these products often have a higher wax content than oil content, which is why it’s important to hydrate your pucker regularly when you want to rock this look. Swipe on a basic moisturizing lip balm and pat with a tissue to remove excess. That will help to keep lips from getting too chapped without compromising the matte effect. Gina Brooke, makeup artist for Madonna and Naomi Campbell, explained to Elle that an anti-wrinkle eye cream can also diminish any lines on your lips.

Prep
You might be surprised by this trick: Start with a layer of foundation to customize the color. Daily Makeover recommended applying a coat of lipstick on top, then blotting with a tissue, and then repeating these two steps until you have a perfectly rich hue.

Line
A lip liner is indispensable when you’re creating a matte lip. Not only does it maximize the intensity of the color, but it also ensures that the pigment lasts longer. Plus, it will help to create a clean, defined line, making it easier to apply the lipstick precisely so that your look is polished. Outline your pout with the pencil and then completely fill in the lines. Follow with a layer of lipstick in the same shade. One last tip: Daily Makeover suggested using your finger to apply a little blush to your lips in a matching hue. As long as it’s a powder formula, it will help to lock in the color and also enhance the matte effect.

Bare all with nude lips

       
Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Bare all with nude lips

Sometimes subtlety can make a bigger impact than a loud statement. Take nude lips, for example: Celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Heidi Klum have been rocking this au-natural look both during the daytime and on the red carpet at night. Beauty expert Anastasia Soare, who has worked with Jennifer Lopez and Penelope Cruz, explained to FOX News that nude lips don't fight for attention, letting you amp up your other features, whether that entail highlighting eyes with emerald liner or going for a bold peach cheek. There are endless opportunities when it comes to this trend. No matter your skin tone, you can make the look your own by following these simple tips:

Choose your weapon
First, you'll want to find a lip color that complements your complexion. Those with alabaster skin should opt for a shade with rosier undertones to avoid looking washed out, and fair-to medium-skinned ladies should also select hues on the pinker side of the spectrum. Olive skinned beauties look stunning in a sheer nude that has a coral base, while darker complexions are radiant with a pale petal gloss. The idea isn't to choose a shade that matches your skin, but rather one that slightly amplifies your natural lip color.

It's also important to consider the formula. LeAura Luciano, a makeup artist that's worked with Zoe Saldana and Amanda Seyfried, told FOX that shiny and shimmery glosses actually make teeth look whiter, while glittery colors can cause the illusion of a gray tint. She also advised against using ultra-matte lipsticks, which can dry out your lips, making lines and cracks more visible.

A range of possibilities
Now you'll need to decide on the overall look you're trying to achieve. If you're going for barely there, understated beauty, Elle magazine recommended keeping things simple with black eyeliner and a coat or two of mascara. However, nude lips also present the perfect chance to wear that vibrant, daring eyeshadow you've been dying to try. Alternatively, Elle suggested that you can pair neutral lips with a dramatic smoky eye by smudging your eye pencil and using a volume-boosting mascara.

Finishing touches
No matter the statement you're trying to make, Luciano stressed that the key to making nearly naked lips work is never overpowering them with too much pigment elsewhere. Still, he advised sweeping blush onto your cheekbones for a "healthy glow."

Even though you put in some work for the perfect nude look, people will just think your lips are naturally that gorgeous.

Make orange lips yours this season

       
Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Make orange lips yours this season

While not a traditional lip shade, orange lips have been emerging everywhere from the red carpet to the runway – and the look is more versatile than you might think. Makeup artist Gucci Westman told Allure Magazine that bright orange gives a "warm, sunny effect." She advised sticking with matte shades, as the color is already bold enough without a sparkle or shimmer. Particularly with a summer tan, this hue can infuse the right amount of color with everything from denim during the day to a cocktail dress in the evening. 

If you're sporting the trend for the first time, try sheer lipstick like Paula Dorf's Lip Color Sheer Tint in Rhythm. The formula has SPF15 and hydrates and conditions lips so the color stays smooth and shiny. It's the perfect amount of pigment without being too overpowering.

And if you're eager to join the tangerine craze but are looking to treat lips at the same time, Borghese's B Moisture Advanced Care Lipcolour in Misto Mandarino is ideal. These orange lipsticks contain beta vera, vitamin E and the Acqua di Vita Complex which keep lips moisturized for more long-lasting color. As an added benefit, the product strengthens lips and encourages the production of collagen for a plumping effect.

No matter your skin tone or personal style, orange lips can be yours this summer with the right product and shade.

Candy-colored lips make for a delicious sight

       
Friday, July 12th, 2013

Candy-colored lips make for a delicious sight

Ever since Katy Perry burst on the scene several years ago, there has been a tasty trend seeping into the world of makeup. The singer crafted a signature look by boosting her beauty routine with bright candy hues for a look that is all her own. Fortunately for the rest of us, some aspects of Katy Perry's style are wearable for the rest of us, as anyone can use her candy-colored lip makeup to achieve a fun and flirty look.

Candy-colored lipstick is perfect for summer, but you've first got to find the right color for you. Bold berries or vibrant pinks are classic choices, as they offer the red tones that many are comfortable trying out. If you're a bit more daring, you may want to look into options like an orange creamsicle color, which will have peachy hues that could work well with your bronze-y summer makeup. 

Products like Sothys Hydra-Glide Lipstick offer long-lasting coverage in a variety of popular colors. Not only will you be able to embrace the candy-inspired trend with colors like Grenadine or Prune, but you'll also get to rock a flawless, smooth pout. 

Lip gloss and lipstick are definitely among the essential products you need for a summer getaway, so be sure to shop around for a color that will have you looking fun and feeling great no matter where you are. 

Choose a nude lip color that works with your skin tone

       
Friday, July 12th, 2013

Choose a nude lip color that works with your skin tone

Nude lips are all the rage, but choosing the wrong tone can leave your face makeup looking drab instead of fab. Picking the wrong shade can wash you out and ruin the look you're aiming for, so it's important to learn how to pull off a nude lip

One way to find the right hue is to conduct the wrist test. Test the color by dabbing it on the underside of your wrist to make sure the sheer lipstick is one to two shades darker than your skin tone. You should also be looking at the undertones of the color, as matching the lipstick's tones to your natural ones is an ideal way to achieve a natural look. Fair-skinned individuals should look for hints of pink, while medium-skinned ladies can be on the lookout for rose or beige undertones and those with darker skin should search for bronze tints. 

If you're not sure how the nude lipstick is going to work, consider looking for a sheer, pale pink or peachy color. That way, you can still get the minimalist look that is popular now while also rounding out your appearance with warmer hues. Layering a lightly colored lip gloss over nude lipstick can also achieve this effect. 

Complement bright lipstick with a pearly white smile

       
Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Complement bright lipstick with a pearly-white smile

You already know that neon lipstick is one of the hottest summer makeup trends – but do you know all about the tricks you can use to pull off this look? While matching the lip color to your outfit and face makeup is certainly important, one of the most effective things you can do to set off your bright lips is to make sure your teeth are an equally brilliant shade of white.

Not much will complement neon hues more than a pearly white teeth, and you can achieve this by investing in teeth whitening systems designed to give you all the tools you need to feel confident in your smile. Before you try one of the gels, rinses or whitening toothpastes, there are a few things you should know. 

For one, there's a difference between surface whiteners and teeth bleaches. Bleaches actually change the color of the tooth and should be done in a dentist's office with proper supervision. Although store-bought versions of this are out there, you should still talk to a dentist before using them in case there are any concerns about your teeth.

Surface whiteners, however, only remove stains from the tooth surface and are typically available in gels or pastes that can be used as part of a home care system with ease.  

Try eye-popping neon colors on your lips

       
Monday, July 8th, 2013

Try eye-popping neon colors on your lips

One of the most attention-grabbing trends taking hold this summer is the presence of neon colors. While hot pinks, lime greens, aqua blues and bright yellows are making strides in the fashion world, they're also becoming more prevalent in makeup – especially for lips. 

The trend of bright lipstick may have started earlier this year, but it's beginning to gain popularity with celebrities and the general public. You can easily try out this fad by investing in a neon lipstick. After you treat your lips to your favorite lip serum or repairing balm, outline them with a lip liner and smudge the pencil marks. Then you can fill in the rest with your chosen neon color for a look that is sure to turn heads. 

Opting for long-lasting lipsticks or ones with a matte finish can go a long way in creating a polished end result. 

A good tip to keep in mind is that these neon lip colors generally work best with nude makeup, so as not to overpower the face. You may also want to carefully pick out an outfit to go along with the neon color, with neutrals being the best option for creating balance in a look.