The Perfect Red Lip

This week, Valentina D Angela would like to offer some great tips and tricks for achieving the perfect red lip. Bold lips are a great way to draw attention to the lip shape and can be worn with very little supporting makeup.

When using red lips as the main focus of your overall makeup look, they have the be perfect!

When using red lips as the main focus of your overall makeup look, they have the be perfect!

-Preparing the Lip
No matter the medium you plan to use to create your bold, red lip, it is important to remember to prepare the lip before applying any product. This will prolong the longevity of the makeup, and ensure the best application possible. We recommend a clean face, and gently exfoliating the lip with a washcloth. Dry the lips off completely.

-Lining the Lip
There are many different ways and products one can use to create the bold,red lip. One of our favorites? Liner! We love using liner to create this look because of it’s longevity and matte finish. Choose an appropriate red tone based on the dominant tones in the skin. The cooler red tones tend to be appropriate for most skin types. Begin by using soft strokes to line the outer edge of the lips. You can use the liner to enhance and define the lip shape. Take your time. This part should be perfect. When you have outlined the entire lip, begin using soft strokes to pull the liner down into the rest of the lip shape. Continue until the lip is completely and evenly filled in. You can use a creme powder of similar color to set the liner or wear only the liner.

-To Gloss or Not to Gloss
If you desire a glossy finish, you can apply lip gloss over top of the lip liner. You can also select a lipstick the has some luster to it and apply on top of the liner. Bring your lipstick or lip gloss with you! Using these products may decrease the wear time of the red lip, which means more touch ups.

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Makeup Trends for Summer 2014

Nothing accentuates a beautiful hairstyle like the perfect makeup. Here are some makeup trends we love for the summer of 2014 and how to best wear them!

Woman with orange lipstick

Bold Lip Colors – We are seeing a lot of vibrancy on the runway, as far as lip color is concerned. Bright hues like candy apple red, hot pink and cream sickle orange are dominating the summer season. We’ve been seeing diluted versions of the same colors showing up on the cheeks also. When wearing bright lipstick, it is best to keep the rest of the makeup relatively simple. To incorporate bright lips into your everyday look, try playing down the eyes. Try lightly lining the eye, and using mascara instead of contouring with eye shadow.

eyeshadow colors and eyeliners, cosmetics

Green, Blue, Teal – These colors are being favored this season not just by clothing fashions, but in the eye makeup world as well. We have been seeing a variety of ways to decorate the eyes with these shades from eye liner pencils to pigmented eye shadows. Liner pencils are a great way to achieve this punch of color quickly, and not a lot of other makeup is required in an everyday wear scenario. Because these colors have such a pop when used on the eyes, a simpler lip is usually recommended. Try soft pinks or nudes on the lip.