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How to: Olivia Munn’s Party-Perfect Bright-Lip Look

Thu, 20 December 2012 12:47PM

Party season calls for a number of dress codes, each with a beauty code to match. For instance, cocktail events might suit sleek strands, while a black-tie night-time affair is the perfect time to bring out a sexy, smoky eye. But what about those dos that are a little less formal? Say, a picnic with friends, or poolside drinks in the afternoon, or a lazy day at the local wine garden. In this case, actress Olivia Munn has your look all sorted, with this cute-casual beauty code …

SMUDGY EYES. There’s the serious smoky eye, and then there’s its casual, carefree cousin: the smudgy, slightly messy one. And it’s super-easy to recreate. You simply take a kohl-based eye pencil, etch it all around the eyes, and use your pinkie to smoke it out a little. Tip: Pack a few cotton buds in your party purse, as you might need to clean up the edges a little throughout your event. As you can see, Olivia has popped a little gold on her eyes’ inner corners. This is a genius way to ‘lift’ the look a little; alternatively, you could work with a black pencil shot threw with shimmer, such as the lovely Rimmel London Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Waterproof Eye Liner in Sparkling Black, $9.95, from pharmacies. To finish, load up on waterproof mascara. Especially if you’re partying poolside.

FRESH BASE. Don’t you love how Olivia has let her freckles show through her sheer foundation? I’d even go so far as to bet that she’s wearing a tinted moisturiser, which not only gives such barely-there (yet just-enough) coverage, but also gorgeous dewy glow, due to its super-hydrating properties. For a really luminous effect, you could mix a liquid illuminator into your tinted moisturiser, before blending it all over. Try Red Earth Secret Potion Illuminating Skin Fluid, $32, Red Earth.

BRIGHT LIPS. Now, we’re ready for the focal point of the look: a poppy pout. You need serious pigment power here, so bypass glosses and balms and stains and go straight for a lipstick, whether a hot pink, like Olivia, a scarlet red, or a tangerine – whichever works back best to your outfit. Our top Olivia-inspired bright pink picks: Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Candy Pink, $23.95, from pharmacies, Nars Lipstick in Funny Face, $39, Mecca Cosmetica, and M.A.C Lipstick in Saint Germain, $36, M.A.C. For a long-lasting effect, paint two layers onto well-hydrated lips, tissue-blotting in between.

LOOSE HAIR. As Olivia shows, when your makeup code is cute-casual, hair doesn’t have to be anything too styled or serious at all. As long as it’s clean and shiny (cue a good wash and treatment the day before), you can do as little as scrunch a sea salt spray through the ends to add a little texture. Alternatively, go to bed the night before with your hair prepped with styling spray and twirled up into a top knot, then unfurl and shake out just before you head out the door the next day. Too easy.


What do you think, Primpers, is this a look you like for party season?

What’s your top bright lip buy?

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  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Thu, 20 December 2012 01:01pm

    Preeeetty – this is a nice relaxed look

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Thu, 20 December 2012 01:53pm

    Im soo happy Red Earth is back :)
    I would never have though of matching my lips to my clothes but she sure does pul lit off well!

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Thu, 20 December 2012 02:05pm

    Love her lip colour. Love adding a little gold to the inner corners of my eyes, it really does open them up.

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 20 December 2012 02:21pm

    I use Kryolan lipsticks for their high pigment concentration – which is what you need for a serious bright lip.
    And they have some amazing new fresh colours.

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Thu, 20 December 2012 03:08pm

    I love loose and relaxed hair, like loose waves, it always look so lovely. Paired with bright lips and its a perfect party look!!

  • Posted by: CandiH Devotee // Fri, 21 December 2012 11:18am

    I have missed Red Earth sooo much, that was my first ever love affair with cosmetics (well first one where I had a real job & could afford to buy). It is so nice to see a look that isn’t dominated by having super flawless skin

  • Posted by: wittyusername Devotee // Sun, 23 December 2012 06:07am

    I’m interested in that waterproof eyeliner from Rimmel…it has gold shimmer in it. Sounds like a way to wear a smokey eye in the day without looking overbearing and too dark.

  • Posted by: Emma-1303093844 Master Fan // Mon, 24 December 2012 01:35pm

    Love this look! It’s one I do often with different levels of success… Love the ColourBurst lipstick in Candy Pink. I usually go pretty bare and just use concealer, mascara and a hint of Girl Meets Pearl… The lips are the main attraction.

  • Posted by: Caz // Mon, 24 December 2012 11:59pm

    Not a fan of Olivia Munn but am loving this look. Current fave is Avon Sheer Rose which is actually quite bright. No nude beiges for me at this time of year! I have green eyes and have just darkened my hair…the bright lipstick just makes this look “pop”.

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Mon, 31 December 2012 04:42pm

    This is just beautiful! LOve everything about this look. My favourite bright lipstick is a Rimmel London Kate Moss in # 220 – Shocking Pink. It really compliments my green eyes and definitely the brightest lippie I’ve ever worn :)

  • Posted by: Praf // Mon, 7 January 2013 12:29pm

    Love that smokey eye but really love the lips – glossy and bright – well done Colorburst

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Thu, 24 January 2013 09:32pm

    I’ve been using bright pink recently and I am getting many comments about how great it looks! Love it!

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 23 February 2013 12:03pm

    i love this look

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sat, 18 May 2013 07:43pm

    I love this look :)

  • Posted by: Erin-1312272625 Master Fan // Mon, 3 June 2013 08:23am

    That lipstick definitely suits a sheer base. If you’re lucky enough to have the skin

  • Posted by: jessica88 Newbie // Mon, 3 June 2013 03:21pm

    What a lovely look. I like all the bright colours against her dark hair.

  • Posted by: aliasam47 Master Fan // Tue, 6 August 2013 01:56pm

    So pretty!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sun, 19 October 2014 07:00pm

    Love this shade of pink lippy on Olivia, it really suits her. It would be a shade that would suit me as well I think.

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