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Saturday, April 1, 2017


I wore one of my favorite bright red lipsticks to class earlier this week, just for fun. It was one of those days I woke up early enough to do my makeup (usually my study hours are 11-1 am). One of my girls in class complimented me, which was such a great way to start the morning. She asked me how I did my makeup, and that's what inspired this post! So keep reading to see what I use/do when I want to rock a bold red lip.

To start, shout out to my girl in class for the compliment that inspired this post. You boosted my self esteem that day a few points, that's always an appreciated feeling. This look is pretty easy, the trick for me is to have a bright red lip paired with dewy, bronze-y skin. I think having those two together really makes the red pop, but not look out of place. To me, there's the type of pop where something stands out from an already great look, and then there's the pop where something stands out because it doesn't fit. Red lips and dewy skin is like the picture of health to me, and that's what I'm going for here.


Dior Forever Foundation, "020", ($50)
MAC Strobe Liquid, ($33)
E.L.F Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzer, "Turks & Caicos", ($4)
E.L.F Baked Highlighter, "Moonlight Pearls", ($4)
Madison Street Beauty Loose Mineral Eyeshadow, "Sunrise", ($N/A)

I use three pumps of Dior Forever Foundation and two pumps of MAC Strobe Liquid. First, I mix them on the back of my hand and then use my finger to apply to areas of my face. I use a wet Beauty Blender to blend it out over my face. Next, I use a small bronzer brush to apply E.L.F's bronzer from the Turks & Caicos duo. I use a little product at a time, making sure to blend out and build. I use a blush brush to apply the blush from the same duo onto my cheeks, but only on the outside of my cheekbone. I have some rosacea, so I don't want to add any more red to the apples of my cheeks. I use a dense buffing brush to sweep E.L.F's Baked Highlighter, then use a pencil brush to apply Madison Street Beauty's Loose Mineral Eyeshadow onto where I want the most intense highlight. This is a great trick to make sure you intensely glow, but only in the highest points of your face.

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette, "Don't Turn A-Brown", ($38)
Benefit Speed Brow, ($17)
Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara, Glam Black, ($6)

This part is pretty simple, I wanted to keep it clean so the focus would be on the lips. Also, having busy makeup would be too glamorous for what I'm going for. My brows are always the same, I use an angled brush to apply the "Don't Turn A-Brown" matte brown eyeshadow. I line the outsides first then blend up. I top it off with Speed Brow, which is just a slightly tinted gel to keep the hairs in place. My eyes are just mascara applied onto curled lashes.

EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm, "Acai Blueberry", ($3)
NYX Cosmetics Lip Primer, "Nude", ($7)
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, "Cruella", ($27)

Alright, here's the key ingredient to the whole look. I start by applying some of my EOS Lip Balm, then apply NYX's Lip Primer onto the outline of my lips. I only line my lips with the primer to prevent bleeding, which is crucial especially with a bold lip color. To top everything off, I use NARS "Cruella". I think when you have a bold lip, it's important that your lines are sharp. I carefully outline my lips first, making sure the lines are smooth, then fill in the rest of my lips. This is a phenomenal color (fits all skin tones), and I love the velvety formula. I've worn this for eight hours before without reapplying and it still looks acceptable. It's not very drying as long as you apply lip balm first, but after a while it will dry! There's only so much you can expect with a matte formula like this, but I still love it.