How Not To Wear It - #1
How To Wear Red Lipstick And Dark Eye Shadow Without Looking Like The Love Child Of The Joker And Winnie From Hocus Pocus.
As I’ve said before, I do like a dramatic lip. I believe a good red lipstick is a must-have for every make up enthusiast, whether it’s a deep, plum red or a fresh orange red. I have a few, but this particular lipstick is Bourjois Sweet Kiss Lipstick in Rouge Sur Mesure.
Balance is important, when sporting the red lip and so the simple, yet classic, slick of eye liner and mascara is always a good choice of accompaniment. Sometimes, however, the occasion calls for that little bit extra. Smoked out eyes with ruby lips can often scream sexy, but sometimes, as below, they scream sex change instead.
Remember, the key is balance. The lipstick, not blotted here, makes quite an initial impact on you. It’s thick, it’s shiny, it’s a splat of the reddest paint on a new white canvas. The eyes, however, then steal the show. Filling the eyebrows in and extending the shadow so much beyond the outer corners of my eyes, I’ve diverted all attention towards this. On their own, the eyes look perfectly fine (well they are kind of messy, though that’s not my fault), but in the larger picture, there is too much going on and looks excessive. So yes, I look like I’m in drag.
I think it should be mentioned that I did not add to or re-do my make up for this second picture. All I used is a single facial wipe.
So first, the eyebrows. I simply neatened the filling using the wipe and dabbed a little over the top, do make them look a little more natural. With the eyes, I simply removed any shadow that wasn’t on my lid. Generally speaking, shadow should be kept kind of simple. I could have probably put on some eye liner too, but other than that, normally I wouldn’t do much more. My personal rule is to never apply a dark shadow past the crease of my eye, if I’m wearing a bright lipstick, which brings me to the next point. ALWAYS line your lips. I have skipped this step on a few occasions and regretted it each and every time I did. But yes, all I did to fix the lipstick was blot my lips a couple of times with the wipe. It makes such a difference.
Now, I could have left my lips as they were and they would have looked just fine with the toned down upper half of my face, but should you want to try and have it all, you need to blot. If you want to do more with your eyes but you opt not to choose a lighter colour for your lips, then blotting them may tone them down enough for you to do so.
Or you could always purchase a lip tint pen. I bought the MAC “A Classic” one, but they have since been discontinued. Maxfactor, however, have released the Lipfinity Lasting Lip Tint, which I have in “Pink Princess”. They are simple to apply, last for hours and you can build up the colour as much as you want. I love them.
But yes, that is how to Wear Red Lipstick And Dark Eye Shadow Without Looking Like The Love Child Of The Joker And Winnie From Hocus Pocus. Try it, work it and as Tyra would say, be fierce!
Of course that last line was an excuse to post this picture :P