The two makeup looks every woman should have mastered by now, courtesy of Kate Moss and Georgia May Jagger

Fri, 16 September 2011 2:30PM

Primpettes, you know as well as I do that some beauty trends, read: ombre hair and nails, will come and go, but then there are those, like a classic red lip and smoky eye that are for keeps. Like the little black dress of your wardrobe, the beauty of these makeup looks is that they not only pack a serious punch in the attention stakes, but they’re brilliantly buildable, ridiculously versatile – once you’ve got the application technique down pat, your colour options are endless, and most of all, easy-as to create.

Still need a little convincing? Check out these shots of my (everyone’s?) all-time favourite beauty icons, Kate Moss and Georgia May Jagger in full swing at the Rimmel London Party yesterday.

Let’s start with some helpful tips for the smoky eye shall we….

Georgia May Jagger

1. Keep your base until last: Regardless of whether you’re opting for a summer-friendly bronzed, earthy-toned eye like GMJ’s or a classic charcoal number, fallout is inevitable. To keep your skin looking fresh, wait until you’re completely finished with the eyes before you tackle your foundation and concealer. Otherwise, you’ll spend the entire time trying to clean up the excess shadow.

 The handiest of tip of them all: The easiest way to clean up fallout is to wipe away the product using a cotton tip soaked in foundation. The same goes for messy mascara smudges, too.

2. Use colour, not black liner on the bottom lash line: If you’re opting for a coloured smoky eye, like emerald green, amethyst, sapphire blue, or gold, ditch the heavy black liner and blend a small amount of eye shadow directly underneath the bottom lash line for subtle definition.

Moving on to the Red lip…

Kate Moss Rimmel London

It’s a fact: Nothing says I rule the world like a bold red lip. If you haven’t tried it yet, you truly don’t know what you’re missing out on. Other women will stare at you out of pure admiration or nostalgia. It’s likely to conjure up flashbacks of their Mum or Nan with their trademark scarlet lip and prompt them to want to bring a little old-school glamour back into their life. Pronto.

1. Crack the colour code first: Finding the perfect red depends entirely on your skin tone. If you’re unsure whether you have a warm or cool skin tone, head up to the beauty counter and ask the makeup artist to point you in the right direction. Or, you could save yourself the bus ride and pop over here and work it out for yourself.

 2. Conceal like a bandit: Like a pink, or coral lipstick, red can exaggerate any existing blemishes in the skin, so make sure you conceal. I always suggest applying your foundation first before whacking on the lippie, and then take another look at your skin to check out any spots that need added coverage, like the chin area, or the sides of the nose.

Over to you now, Primpettes…

Do you loves these beauties to bits?

Are you a fan of the smoky eye and red lip from way back?

What’s your favourite red lipstick?

Do you like to mix things up by adding a bit of colour to your smoky eye for a modern twist? 

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  • Posted by: Luci // Fri, 16 September 2011 02:47pm

    Love these two looks!

  • Posted by: bree90 Devotee // Fri, 16 September 2011 02:52pm

    I’m more than a little scared of doing a bold red lip.. I may ween myself onto it.

  • Posted by: Louise-1295043242 Master Fan // Fri, 16 September 2011 02:56pm

    They are both incredibly sexy lips; and if you learn anything about make up application ever these should be the first two lessons you get!

    I love a good smokey eye; but red lips takes a lot of confidence to pull off… :)

    my fave red lippie is Lipstick Queen Chinatown pencil (the bright red with an orange hue, i can’t remember the name of!) .. its a great red shade, good dose of colour but a little shiny and glossy too… its a great way to start wearing a red lip without venturing into matte territory!

  • Posted by: Tiffins88 Enthusiast // Fri, 16 September 2011 03:16pm

    red lip is a friday night staple! everyone should wear it! (at least once in their lives anyway!)

  • Posted by: Julieow Master Fan // Fri, 16 September 2011 03:31pm

    Love how GMJ has used a bronze to smoke it up, its fab and mossy wears a red lip so well. Shes looking great lately, marriage must be suiting her!!

  • Posted by: Emma-1303093844 Master Fan // Fri, 16 September 2011 06:48pm

    I’m doing a red lip tonight! Its a fantastic way to feel sexy and classic all at once :) I’m using Dior Addict in ‘New Show’ which pops fantastically against pale skin.

  • Posted by: emmymair Enthusiast // Fri, 16 September 2011 06:49pm

    I did a red lip on my wedding day. paired it with beautiful old hollywood-style waves and a sparkly hair comb. did all my hair and makeup myself and it looked teriffic!! red lip is an easy peasy way to look polished and gorgeous

  • Posted by: zoeeangelaa Master Fan // Fri, 16 September 2011 07:19pm

    Both girl get an A+, I think I like Georgia’s look for myself though.

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  • Posted by: Bridals // Fri, 16 September 2011 07:56pm

    I love GMJ’s smokey eye. I have never been abale to wear a dark black one so this might just be a look I can try out next time.

  • Posted by: xKMS Master Fan // Sat, 17 September 2011 01:00am

    love both these looks – am yet to do a red lip though! :S especially love GMJ’s look!! her hair looks really soft and pretty

  • Posted by: Georgie // Sat, 17 September 2011 11:18am

    I absolutely love red lips! But I’m so paranoid that my teeth are yellow and I think that red lips exaggerate that? Also, I have a small mouth and small lips, so I just don’t think I can make red lippy work!

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Sun, 18 September 2011 07:28am

    both look fab, perfect! <3

  • Posted by: tegania11 Master Fan // Sun, 18 September 2011 05:10pm

    gosh they are both so lovely!!

  • Posted by: beautybee1 Master Fan // Sun, 18 September 2011 07:03pm

    Yikes, I probably should have perfected these looks by now but…gulp…I haven’t! Love these makeup looks but I’m so scared to try them.

  • Posted by: nita01 Master Fan // Sun, 18 September 2011 07:31pm

    I love GMJ’s smokey eye look and that’s a good tip to tackle the foundation last after the eye shadows. I’ve never thought of doing it that way. I always just wipe excess off gently afterwards, trying my hardest not to remove any foundation or concealer. I will be testing this out tomorrow. I also love the look of a red lippie but it’s not a look I could pull off. I feel my lips are too thin (or my top lip anyway) to make a bold colour like red look any good.

  • Posted by: Bantam Master Fan // Sun, 18 September 2011 10:19pm

    I love a red lip, but don’t wear it too often unfortunately :(

  • Posted by: Karen-1298334769 Master Fan // Mon, 19 September 2011 09:55am

    I do love a purple or a dark green smoky eye. Can’t seem to find a shade of red that doesn’t make me look ridiculous.

  • Posted by: samuel Devotee // Mon, 19 September 2011 02:27pm

    These girls are an inspiration

  • Posted by: Alishes Devotee // Mon, 19 September 2011 06:14pm

    I’ve been scared of a red lip for a while now, but I’m slowly coming around, thanks to some very tinted lip glosses and stains.
    Love the smoky eye, especially coloured ones.

  • Posted by: SydneyRose Master Fan // Mon, 19 September 2011 07:55pm

    I love Goergia’s makeup, especially her eye makeup. It makes her look so stunning. It also goes well with her black dress.

    Kate’s red lipstick looks striking here.

    I have a few red lipsticks and lately have been wearing Lancome’s Colour Fever which is a beautiful blue red colour.

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Tue, 20 September 2011 12:26pm

    georgia may jagger, i love you!!! every single pic i see of you, whether you’re modelling for rimmel or off duty, you look flawless and beautiful and happy and fun…. girl crush much?! lol

  • Posted by: Renee // Wed, 28 September 2011 04:35pm

    I <3 red lips and smokey eyes!! beautiful

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Sat, 1 November 2014 10:51pm

    I do love a smoky eye, one of my favourite eye looks.

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