I wore this look out to go to the bank on the weekend, which is pretty made up for that purpose! I think I would redo this look again if I was going out as I found the lips pretty intense for errands and I was definitely way more made up than anyone else I encountered that day. On the other hand, I enthusiastically believe that red lipstick should be pulled out for any occasion, so I should just practice what I preach right?
Anyways, here's how to create this look!
- Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer in Creamwhip (review)
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light
I went pretty basic with my base for this by carefully sponging on this foundation all over and even using it as my under-eye concealer. Then I set it all with my favourite finishing powder, Dim Light.
- Essence I ❤ Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base ($3.99)
- Essence 2in1 Eyeshadow and Liner ($4.99) in Peach Perfect and She's Got the Mauve
- Clinique High Impact Custom Black Kohl Eyeliner in Blackest Black
- Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara ($4.99)
- Clinique Pretty Easy Brow palette (review)
First I primed my lids with this Essence eyeshadow priming base. This primer applies very wet and thick, so all you need is a small dot on each lid, then quickly blend out all over with a finger. The doefoot applicator makes it a bit tricky to control application, so I much prefer my usual primer, the Urban Decap Primer Potion. As well, the Essence primer tends to crease before it sets, so I need to leave my lids closed for a couple seconds and the color has a pink undertone that while brightening, doesn't quite match with my more yellow-toned skin.
After priming, I applied Peach Perfect all over my lid and along my lower lashline. Peach Perfect is a glistening white-blush; it's a great base color and the pointed tip is perfect for highlighting under the brow and on the inner corners. Then I applied She's Got the Mauve along my upper lids to the crease, blending with a finger. I wasn't expecting to like She's Got the Mauve so much as mauves sometimes make me look really yellow, but this one is just the right grey for me! Both shadow pencils were easy to apply and blend. The color is very buildable, but when layered together, the finish is super glossy and it bit too much for me. I prefer a more subtle finish, but I think pairing these with a more matte shadow, or solo, would look quite nice. I wouldn't try using these as a precise liner as they're way too thick for that.
Lastly I tight-lined my eyes with black liner, filled in my brows and applied mascara. I'm pleasantly surprised by the Essence Forbidden Volume mascara. Available as a regular and fiber formula, the Forbidden Volume mascara gave me natural looking volume, length and definition. Definitely a good deal for $4.99! The only sad thing is that it smudges pretty bad after 4-5 hours.
- Essence Pure Nude Highlighter ($5.49)
I'm still riding that K-beauty train, so I didn't bother contouring, but I did apply a subtle highlight. This peach-gold highlighter from Essence is really great for giving a subtle light and warmth to my skin. If you're paler, I think this would work more as a peach blush, but on my NC25 skin, it's pretty much a match so it just gives my face a really subtle candlelit radiance. Contrary to Essence's claim that this would work for all skin colors, I don't think this would do much for anyone darker than me.
- Essence Longlasting Lipliner in Berry On My Mind ($3.99)
- Annabelle Stay Sharp Self Sharpening Lipliner in Glam Red (review)
- Essence Prettifying Lip Oil ($3.99)
Lastly, the centerpiece of this look - the lips! I'm super impressed with the Essence Longlasting Lipliners. Available in 9 shades ranging from purple to coral, these lipliners are really pigmented and creamy for easy, quick application. My only quibble with them is that they aren't self sharpening!
I received a few shades of these liners, but my favourite by far is Berry On My Mind, which is a rich purple-red. I used this shade to line my lips for an outer ombre, then filled in the inner center of my lips with the Annabelle Stay Sharp Self Sharpening Lipliner in Glam Red, which is a vibrant retro red. I then dabbed the center of my lips with a bit of lip oil for hydration and that was that!
I loved how this subtle ombre turned out, although I think my technique still needs some work! The berry and red shades worked really well together. You can see the ombre if you look closely, but it's not too obvious. Using lipliners made doing the ombre so much easier and is easier to reapply on the go as you don't need a brush. I'm so in love with doing ombre lips and can't wait to think of more combinations to try! If you have any ideas, please leave me a comment!
*This post features PR samples