7 makeup looks in 7 days: Rose Byrne’s plum pucker

Tue, 30 August 2011 11:52AM

Moving on from yesterday’s perfect-for-any-occassion nude makeup look, today is all about taking a risk with a plum lip tint. And before you shake your head, and mutter under your breath, silly girl, doesn’t she know rich colours, like plum and berry are for winter? Think again. I’m about to show you the cleverest, prettiest, most economical way to transform a typically-more winter-appropriate shade, like plum, into a spring/summer option. And I’ll give you a hint, it involves a fair whack of bronzer and your ring finer.

The Inspiration: Rose Byrne

Rose Byrne

The End Result

To create this water-stained-looking tint, I ditched the lip brush and used my ring finger to pat Estee Lauder’s Pure Color in Plum Couture, $45, on to the lips. For a fool-proof application, start by concentrating the colour at the centre of the top and bottom lips, gently blending the colour toward the outer corners.

Eliza Ashe Estee Lauder Pure Color

After I’d finished with the tint, I thought Heck, I’ve got all the time in the world so why not pop a little gloss over the top and see if you like it? So I did, and this pretty-without-looking-too-flashy glass-y finish is most definitely something I’d take up on a night out.

Although I’ve been talking up berry-lippies for months now, Primpettes, I’m kicking myself that up until today, I’ve always been too chicken to try one out. For some reason, even when layered with a gloss, it feels way less intimidating and less high maintenance than a straight up red, plus it seems to warm up my skin tone. What do you think?

Eliza Ashe Estee Lauder Pure Color

Estee Lauder Pure Color

Tips to remember along the way…

  • Ace your base first. It’s a well know fact that wearing any pink, red or berry-based gloss, lipstick of blush can exaggerate existing redness or blemishes in the skin. Start by applying your foundation, followed by your lippie and then once you’re satisfied with the colour on your pout, go back and conceal any prone-to-redness areas, like around the nose, the chin and the cheeks, for budge-proof coverage.
  • Blot out your lips, first: I hate to sound like a broken record, but regardless of the shade or texture of the lippie, it pays to blot out your lips with concealer first. Today, I was in a mad rush so I used my liquid foundation which works just as brilliantly. In case you missed yesterday’s post, you can catch up on the who, the what, the where and the why of lip concealing over here.
  • Say goodbye to Matt: I know break-ups are tough, but if you’re taking baby steps with a semi-matt lip tint, it pays to opt for a dewy base for contrast. Once you’ve applied your foundation, go back over and highlight the feature points of your face, like along the top of the cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and the brow bones with an illuminising liquid or powder. It’s that easy.
  • Go for bronze: You want the berry shade to do all the talking, so keep the rest of your makeup, like your cheeks and eyes neutral. Unlike a blush, a bronzer will contour your cheeks without stealing the show from your pucker. The same goes for your eyes. Keep things simple, with a slick of liner (I went for a subtle wing) and a few coats of mascara for definition.
What do you think, Primpettes?
Do you wear your plum and berry lipsticks as a tint, or layered with a gloss? 
Are you ready to rock a plum shade in the warmer months? 



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  • Posted by: Emma-1303093844 Master Fan // Tue, 30 August 2011 12:10pm

    Oh Eliza that looks fantastic! You’ve convinced me to give berry lips a go, that shade is to die for I might have to pick it up while I’m at the Look-book event this Friday :)

  • Posted by: bree90 Devotee // Tue, 30 August 2011 12:40pm

    I’m always a little bit shy when it comes to trying new lip colours that are out of my comfort zone but you pull it off really well. I’m not really a fan of how much bronzer Rose has on, but a little bit toned down would be perfect.

  • Posted by: Becca Master Fan // Tue, 30 August 2011 12:40pm

    What a fantastic look – I think the sales of plum lipsticks just increased.

  • Posted by: Louise-1295043242 Master Fan // Tue, 30 August 2011 12:54pm

    Looks fantastic with the gloss!

    I also find plum too intimidating -and anticipate it to be unflattering with my skintone.. but your convincing me to give it a go!

    definately agree that you need a flawless base without a hint of redness in order to achieve such a good look!

  • Posted by: swoopingbuzzards Master Fan // Tue, 30 August 2011 12:55pm

    you’re soo pretty eliza!
    the lipstick is really pretty too, not over the top at all :)

  • Posted by: xKMS Master Fan // Tue, 30 August 2011 01:39pm

    the berry lip really really suits you!! not sure if i could pull it off, though maybe i should gie it a try before i assume.. :) and i agree with bree90 – Rose would look much better with less bronzer

  • Posted by: Karen-1298334769 Master Fan // Tue, 30 August 2011 02:52pm

    I love the lip colour and it seems to make your eyes look brighter as well!

  • Posted by: samuel Devotee // Tue, 30 August 2011 02:53pm

    This look really suits you, it so simple but beautiful . plum lips really love .

  • Posted by: SydneyRose Master Fan // Tue, 30 August 2011 03:13pm

    Eliza you look lovely once again! The gloss over the berry lipstick made it stand out glam.

    Rose made the mistake of applying too much bronzer on the cheeks and finishing with a dark berry lipstick. The two colours with their intensity clash.

  • Posted by: beautybabe111 Master Fan // Tue, 30 August 2011 04:35pm

    I love these 7 makeup looks in 7 days blog posts, very enjoyable to read!

    PS: The lipstick shade you are wearing here is just so pretty!

  • Posted by: Priscilla // Tue, 30 August 2011 04:42pm

    This looks amazing!
    Throughout winter I have exhausted my plum lipstick and matching gloss.
    Best thing to do when you are on a night out; a matching gloss keeps the tint and shine lasting without having to be pedantic

  • Posted by: zoeeangelaa Master Fan // Tue, 30 August 2011 05:07pm

    Plum suits you, it’s really sweet.

  • Posted by: tegania11 Master Fan // Tue, 30 August 2011 06:52pm

    ooooh that looks awesome! i am one who like you was always too scared to try, but it looks awesome, and you might have swayed me a little bit….

  • Posted by: strawbsundae Master Fan // Tue, 30 August 2011 07:46pm

    You’ve nailed it Eliza! I love the red wine lippie look!

  • Posted by: Bridals // Tue, 30 August 2011 09:30pm

    looks chic no matter what the weather is. Looks great with the green top too!

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Wed, 31 August 2011 12:36pm

    That suits you so perfectly- Its better on you than Rose B as a matter of fact

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Wed, 31 August 2011 01:12pm

    Berry nice! (Lol, couldn’t resist the pun) I agree that berry shades warm up my skin too :)

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Wed, 31 August 2011 01:28pm

    Eliza that looks so good on you!

  • Posted by: Laura-1300235498 Enthusiast // Wed, 31 August 2011 03:33pm

    That lipstick matches you perfectly! Berry is so your colour!

  • Posted by: Sarah Lucas // Wed, 31 August 2011 03:42pm

    love this one the best the lipstick looks great

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Wed, 31 August 2011 07:30pm

    That really suits you Eliza, I’m not sure I could pull off a lippie that dark but you look amazing.

  • Posted by: ErinG Enthusiast // Thu, 1 September 2011 10:29am

    Love this look. I actually prefer the lipstick without the gloss though! I want your hair.

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Fri, 2 September 2011 01:37am

    the lipstick your wearing is gorgeous, its not too strong! thanks for the awesome tips!

  • Posted by: Roxymisha // Fri, 2 September 2011 08:53am

    I love berry lips and alternate with wearing a matte shade or adding a gloss for shine.

  • Posted by: Cattie // Sun, 4 September 2011 06:38pm

    I love your posts, particularly how-to’s like this one, bold lips are awesome! But you really need a better camera for your photos, just so we know exactly what you are talking about when you say:” …go back over and highlight the feature points of your face, like along the top of the cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and the brow bones with an illuminising liquid or powder.” I can’t really see this in the pictures that you posted.

  • Posted by: RROZZ Enthusiast // Tue, 6 September 2011 02:55pm

    I love the lips, and the colour looks great on you. I do really love Rose but her look is way too coloured…less blush, a lighter foundation…She probably has this much on for the camera but with less she would look better…

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Sun, 11 September 2011 03:10pm

    love it, you look as stunning her as all the other makeup looks you’ve been rocking.. high five, girlfriend lol… im not into dark plum lips though, im all about pinky, peachy, nude lips

  • Posted by: Fashionista8P Master Fan // Sat, 24 September 2011 01:08pm

    love roses lip colour, so fabulous

  • Posted by: Morning Star Devotee // Fri, 20 January 2012 09:37pm

    Plum lipstick doesn’t work at all for me, but I wish it did because it looks awesome on some people!

  • Posted by: Lisa // Fri, 6 July 2012 10:40am

    Very Nice, I love PLUM lipstick :)

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sun, 8 December 2013 12:53pm

    I love plum lipstick, there are some gorgeous shades available.

  • Posted by: cottoncandy19 Master Fan // Mon, 29 February 2016 11:48pm

    Plum lipstick looks great on any skin type

  • Posted by: MelissaFay89 Master Fan // Tue, 1 March 2016 02:19pm

    Definitely a similarity. Gorgeous look :)

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