Vampy Lips: Embrace the Dark Side

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Vampy Lips

As the crisp winter air snaps at our heels, we’re beginning to layer up in our favorite winter coats and knit scarves, and so it is also a time to switch our winter lip colour to a shade that’s more seasonally appropriate.

A mainstay during the cooler months, bordeaux lips have reclaimed icon status this season, taking on a darker shade of red among lipstick-loving beauty mavens.  A deep berry lip is fiercely glamorous and undeniably empowering, so why not add this opulent shade to your morning make-up repertoire?

If you are new to vampy lips, you can flirt with this trend by applying a sheer wash of colour; either choose a berry lip stain or gloss for a subtle hint of colour or, using a darker lipstick simply dab and blend using your finger until you reach the shade you desire. If you want to dial-up the drama, using a highly pigmented shade, apply the bullet directly to the lips. Layer and blot for bold colour-drenched lips that pack a punch.

Achieve pout perfection using the same prep and application tips from my perfect red pout post, as the same rules apply here.

Beauty tip: ensure you have well-groomed brows and a sweep of rosy blush to add to the wow factor of this seasonal look.

The world is your oyster when it comes to these riotous shades. Here is my selection of  the perfect autumnal colours from vampy through to seductress…

Berry Lip Colour

OCC Lip Tar in Black Dahlia
Tom Ford in Bruised Plum
NARS Audacious in Bette
M.A.C  in Rebel
Chanel Rouge Allure in La Sensuelle
Two Faced Melted in Berry
YSL Rouge Volupte in Forbidden

*Images via Pinterest

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Mood Board: Winter 2015

Berry Tone Mood Board
Punctuate your look with rich, opulent tones of deep red and purple.

Best worn: lips, nails and accessories.

Grey tone Mood Board

Step out in haze of smokey greys.

Best worn: coats, knitwear, accessories.

camel Mood Board

Indulge in this classic caramel hue.

Best worn: coats, knitwear and accessories.

FFxx

The Beauty Edit: Baby Doll

Just a few of my favourite things…

Top Beauty Picks

1. Mascara:
For full voluminous lashes add lashings of mascara from Avon, Maybelline & Benefit.

2. Blush:
Dust on a layer of rosy blush.  I love Bobbi Brown, NARS & Chanel

3. Lipstick:
Nothing says feminie like a soft baby pink lip. Look to Chanel, YSL & Bobbi Brown

4. Perfume:
Smell delightful in these new seasons fragrances- Balenciaga B., Giorgio Armani Si, Aerin Lilac Path

5. Nail Polish:
Sweep on a classic pink polish from OPI, Sally Hansen, Essie

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All About That Base

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All About That Base

Nailing your base is the crucial first step in applying your make up (after having moisturised and primed – more on this later!). Gone are the days of the pancake face; a foundation should be like a second skin, airbrushing away any blemishes or pigmentation to create a flawless complexion.

Laying down the canvas in 5 easy steps:

 1. Match your foundation to your skin colour, doing a swatch test along your jaw line. You might find you’ll need different shades for Summer and Winter. When picking a concealer, go one shade lighter than your skin-tone.

2. Everyone has a preferred style of application, be it fingers, foundation brush or sponge. It really doesn’t matter so long as it gives you the right amount of coverage and minimal wastage.

3.  Apply the foundation starting in the middle of your face, on the areas that need it most and then blend and work your way outwards towards the hairline. Start with a small amount of foundation as you can always build if need be.
Hot Tip: Don’t apply your foundation around the eye area, as it dries the area out  – this is where your concealer stick comes into play.

4.  Apply your concealer from the inner corner of your eye down under your bottom lash line to cover dark circles. Blend and buff with a concealer brush. You can also apply your concealer, at this point, to cover any blemishes or redness around the nose, using a smaller concealer brush.

5. Once you’ve applied your foundation & concealer, using a powder brush, lightly dust on a translucent powder to your t-zone to help set the foundation and give your skin a natural glow, this also helps it to last throughout the day.

 

The Perfect Pairings

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1. Diorskin Nude Air Serum +  Diorskin Nude Skin Perfecting Hydrating Concealer
2. YSL Fusion Ink Foundaton + YSL Touche Eclat Radiant Touch Concealer
3. Chanel Perfection Lumiere Long Lasting Foundation  +  Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long Lasting Concealer

Also fabulous:
By Terry Cover Expert Perfecting Fluid Foundation + By Terry Touche Expert Concealer

*Images via Pinterest

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Brow Business

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Brow Business

Brows command a lot of attention so you want to be sure you’ve got full, nicely shaped brows under control.

I can’t emphasize enough, the importance of strong defined brows. Eyebrows play a pivotal role in shaping and enhancing your face, so you want to make sure you are maintaining them as you would with a trip to the nail salon or hairdresser.
If you’ve never had your brows shaped, I’d highly recommend getting it done, as different shape brows will suit different face shapes – so leave the shaping to the hands of the professionals; you don’t want to end up plucking to oblivion and looking like a crazy woman.  I personally like visiting the Benefit Brow Bar for my monthly grooming and I’m always happy with the result, however, there are plenty of great brow salons you can visit.

Brow shaping is only the first part of the journey to great brows, so here are some at-home maintenance & grooming tips to add to your daily make up routine – none of this unruly brow business, thanks!

The Pencil

Pick a colour that is within 2 shades of your natural colour.
Ensure the pencil is sharpened before use and feather the pencil around the outer lines of your brow to define the overall shape (the tail should not extend past the outer edge of your eye).
Once you have the shape, in small feathered strokes, fill in the brow focusing on any sparse areas so that the brow looks full. Make sure you’re following the natural growth of your hair; essentially you’re drawing in new hair.
To finish, use a spooley brush to diffuse the pencil lines into a more natural look; brush the brow upwards and out to tidy them up.

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Hourglass Brow Pencil ($44) – (similar here and here)

The Brow Kit

Again, pick a palette that closely matches your eyebrow colour, or has various shades so that you can blend to your colour.
Much like with a brow pencil, use your angled brow brush to line the outer shape of your brow and then lightly fill in the colour to create a fuller look. Don’t get heavy-handed on the powder, tap any excess off when starting – you can always build on the colour until it’s the shade and definition you’re after. Remember, you are enhancing your existing brow shape, not drawing a new one.
Typically brow kits will come with at least two varying shades of compact powder, a mini spooley brush, a mini angled brow brush, and tweezers.

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Le Sourcil de Chanel Brow Kit ($105) (similar here and here)

The Gel Brush

If you already have rather full eyebrows that just need tidying, then a tinted brow gel will do the trick.
I like using Benefit’s Gimme brow as the brush is smaller and gives you more control, staying within the confines of the eyebrow.

A brow gel is also a great finish to any of the above steps, as it helps hold the hair in place for the day.

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Benefit‘s Gimme Brow ($35) –  (similar here and here)

The finishing touch: to highlight and define the finished brow, use a concealer pen to outline the eyebrow to further define its shape, this also helps to remove any smudge marks. Use a lighter shade eye shadow or illuminating powder on the inner arch of the brow bone to highlight this area.

*images via Pinterest

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