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
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.
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?
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.
Posted by: Eliza Ashe