If you’re reading this, it means that you chose my question – which is so exciting!!! I am a big fan and am awed by your talent. I’ve been reading your column on Spoiled Pretty since it started, and have really improved as an amateur makeup artist. So thanks! Anyway, here is my question – I love the nude lip look, but I never know how to pull it off. How do I find my right shade of nude, and do you have any tools/techniques for pulling off the look? And can you recommend some of you all-time favorite nude lipsticks/glosses?
Your biggest fan,
Let me start out by saying that you’re very sweet!
When choosing nude shades for your lips, you should keep a couple things in mind: light pinks look better on fare skin because they will most likely have too much white in them for darker complexions. Peachy/beige nudes look great on medium to darker skin tones because of the yellow pigments in them.
Give Me Liberty Of London: The very latest in a series of famous MACollaborations, it was only a matter of time before the demure-to-daring kaleidoscopic prints of Liberty of London colored our world with Brit wit and bohemian chic.
From the unstudied, Sienna Miller style of Spitalfields Market to the grit and glamour of Portobello Road, the swinging London girl has always been an unstoppable MAC makeup force!
Spring 2010 blooms with the ultimate flower fusion as MAC joining forces with Liberty, creating cool Britannia compacts and Lipsticks, Eye Shadows, Powder, Blush, Nail Lacquers and blushing, bountiful, quite British accessories.
Beauty Powder, $25 The luxurious, soft pearl finish of MAC Beauty Powder packaged in a glossy white compact. Lid is decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Shell Pearl: Pale peach with gold pearl Summer Rose: Soft violet pink with pearl
Eyeshadow, $14.50 Give Me Liberty of London: Flat creamy pink (Matte) Free to Be: Creamy true coral (Matte) Dame’s Desire: Frosty mid-tone reddish purple (Frost) Birds & Berries: Frosted dark green blue (Veluxe Pearl) Bough Grey: Mid-tone bluish grey (Satin)
Frankly Fresh: Neutral pink beige with soft pearl Perennial High Style: Creamy bright pink coral English Accents: Creamy mid-tone blue pink A Different Groove: Deep purple brown with pearl
Blush, $18.50 Dirty Plum: Sheer dark plum Prim & Proper: Neutral nude
Nail Lacquer, $12 Vestral White Creamy white (Cream) Blue India Dark green blue with pearl (Cream)
Liberty of London Makeup Bags, $22-25 Limited-edition laminated makeup bags decorated with an exclusively created flower and bird pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Zip closure boasts a fabulously outsize floral pull.
Liberty of London Scarf, $95 A limited-edition scarf designed with an exclusively created floral pattern for the Give Me Liberty of London collection. Rows of coral, orange, yellow and blue flowers form a repeating pattern on a white background. The fabric is a soft wool/viscose blend. Made in Italy. Measures 27″ x 82″.
To commemorate 100 years of beauty innovation, Elizabeth Arden is celebrating with the launch of the new Limited Edition Anniversary Lipstick.
A universally flattering, sheer lipstick, the Red Door Red hue stylishly represents strength and femininity – a beautiful way to pay tribute the Elizabeth Arden woman.
In honor of Miss Arden’s belief in the importance of total beauty, Elizabeth Arden is proud to donate all of the proceeds from the lipstick to ®. This community-based, free, national service teaches female cancer patients beauty tips to look better and feel good about how they look during chemotherapy and radiation treatments.
Packaged in a luxurious gold case that calls to mind the glamour and drama of 1940s makeup, the lipstick offers a triple-emollient moisturizing formula that contains vitamins A, C and E, along with aloe, to instantly hydrate lips and cushion them for total comfort.
By purchasing the Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition Anniversary Red Door Red Lipstick, you’ll not only take part in celebrating our fabulous years of beauty, but you’ll be helping women to look good, feel better and enjoy life.
I love all the work you do. I really enjoy your “Get the Face” posts on your blog. My question is: What is the best way to apply red lipstick and how do you stop it from bleeding?
There are a few great tips that I can share with you when it comes to applying red lipstick. First, line your lips with a matte pencil that is similar to the lipstick color or darker. Using a triangular shaped sponge, dip it into loose translucent powder and apply it right below the outer corner of the lip line. Don’t blend the powder yet as that will be last. This will prevent the lipstick from bleeding. Apply the red lipstick using a lip brush and make sure to fill the lips in completely. Take a tissue and blot your lips – that should absorb some of the lipstick, leaving a sort of stained effect on the lips. Apply one more coat of lipstick, then sweep away the loose powder from below…and now you’re good to go. Thanks for visiting Makeup Mondays with Mario.
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