The Classic Red Lip

29 April 2015

My favourite look has always been classic red lips; growing up I was obsessed with old hollywood movies and glamour and all I wanted was to be grown up like those beautiful ladies in the films of the 50s with their immaculate red lips - which probably explains my out of control collection of red lipsticks.

One of the most glamorous I own though is this Dolce & Gabbana lipstick in the shade Devil (£24.00), the colour is just the most beautiful classic red which would suit so many skin tones, but that gold packaging really cinches it. If I'm off to a party this is always the lipstick I reach for, purely because bringing it out to reapply in the ladies will always cause a murmur of appreciation amongst my fellow powder roomers and always means I end every party with at least one new female friend after this little wonder has started the conversation. For me a classic red lip like this means precision and I lined my lips with Illamasqua's lipliner in Strumpet (£15.00) - doesn't the name make you love it a little bit more? Unfortunately Strumpet was part of a Valentine's Day collection and is no longer available but any red will do - MAC's Redd (£12.50) is another of my favourites and a safe, classic red to work with any red lipstick.

To match the perfect lip you need a perfect complexion - Estee Lauder Doublewear foundation (£29.50) provides a flawless base, whilst Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (£22.00) brightens and conceals under the eyes. The newest product I used here was Bare Minerals Radiance Powder* (£19.00) in the shade Clear Radiance. This definitely added a soft blur effect to my skin and made it look a lot more perky, so it's a product I'll be reaching for more often from now on!

On my cheeks I went for MAC blush in Stubborn (£20.00), a beautiful berry shade I just can't get enough of, and since I'm apparently a MAC addict I also used their Soft and Gentle highlighter (£23.00) on the tops of my cheekbones.

To balance the lips I went for a fairly neutral eye, filling in my eyebrows with my Anastasia Brow Whiz (£15.50) and then went in with my Cargo Vintage Escape Eyeshadow Palette (£35.00) - using a base of Cuddle all over the lid and on the inner corner, Frolic in the centre and Rustic on the outer V, as well as sweeping some under the eye. Lashes are my favourite YSL mascara (£24.50) in the shade Rich Brown, just to stop the look from being too done and a bit more day time.

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