Thursday, 24 May 2012

Before/After: Blond Bombshells & Red Lips

Without a doubt, a red lip is a sign of sexual power in a woman's makeup artillery and I adore a red lip! In any form, be it stain, gloss, cream or even powder! I recently did a shoot for Norwegian fashion bible SVA magazine to showcase some the country's finest designers. My theme from the photographer and stylist was red. So it was decided that a red lip would feature heavily on this shoot.

I decided not to do anything too clever or complicated. Just a gorgeous unctuous red lip so pigmented and rich and to keep our model still young and fresh. Meet our model.
Face Prep: UNE Radiance Refresh Micellar Cleansing Water, Emma Hardie Hydrating Lighter Lotion, Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, Rodial Glam Balm Lip.

Anna is a gorgeous stunning German girl with the most gorgeous pair of lips. As you can see I have a very easy job here. I spent more time massaging the skin than makeup, to prep and make her skin glow and get it well circulated.

As for makeup, I chose my densest red lippie and keep everything else quite subdued, mainly concentrating on shading and contouring. Here's Anna all done up.
Face: YSL Le Teint Touche Éclat, YSL Touche Éclat.
Eyes: YSL Pure Chromatics Palette 8, YSL Long-Lasting Waterproof Eye Pencil in No 8 Luminescent Gold, YSL Luxurious Mascara Shocking Volume in Deep Black.
Eyebrows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula Brow Pencil in Seal Brown, MAC Clear Brow Gel.
Cheek: MAC Taupe Contour Powder, Burberry Fresh Glow.
Lips:  MAC Lip Mix in Crimson, MAC Ruby Woo.
Powder: YSL Semi Loose Powder in Sand.

Close up.
What do you think? I adore this kind of makeup! It makes the woman powerful and sexy, a combination of raw sexual power but yet still has a merest hint of insecure innocence that makes her even more enticing! Would you wear a red lip like that?


30 comments:

  1. It is magnificent. To me, red lips with a bare fresh face equal utter chic. It's like you're confident enough to wear a bold red lip AND a natural face and eye makeup. Simple yet beautiful. Bravo! I would love to see you start tutorials, I would suscribe right away. :)
    *I really really want that foundation now...*

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    1. Thanks Gaya, I had an easy job here with how beautiful the model was. And as for tutorials I would love to but the amount of work involved is more than I can cope now. Maybe in the future. Thanks for the lovely comment x

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  2. I am in love with this look! Fabulous job, Kenneth! :)

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  3. Absolutely LOVE it. LOVE IT!

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    1. Thanks Charlie, knew you'd love it! x

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  4. She is gorgeous and your makeup shows it of magnificently! Love!

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  5. Gorgeous! Makes me want to go out and put my red lippy on! x

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    1. Do it! I think I've seen you in a red lip, you look great in it! x

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  6. Love these lips, just incredible. In fact the whole look is incredible! Good job!

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  7. Oh if only I could pull red lips off like that! Very pretty!

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    1. Thanks Christy! I am sure if you found the right shade and texture you'll be able to pull off a red lip too. Give it a try, don't be afraid. x

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  8. This is flipping gorgeous, a look I would love to wear for a special occasion. Love everything about it. And I love your before and afters Kenneth, so fascinating to see the transformation, really gives you a new appreciation of make up artistry.

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    1. Ahh thanks Jayne, it's not rocket science but I love it x

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  9. The lipstick is iconic....she does look a bit like Kristen McMenamy...do u think so?

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  10. As a red lipstick lover for a very long time, I love this.

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    1. Sadie I am most inclined to agree! Thanks for the comment x

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    2. That is ok, Kenneth.

      My favorite red these days is Gosh Devilish Delight. it is liquid lipstick on a tube, but dries down to a matte light but bright fire truck red, a very balanced color, not too blue or yellow.

      Better then Chanels Dragon that makeupbloggers are raving about (and cheaper).

      And it lasts on the entire 10 hours at work if I paint it on with a lip brush.

      Weared it on when I did my grossery shopping yesterday and an unknown (french) woman came over and asked what lipstick it was.

      I directed her to the closest place where you can buy Gosh.

      Incredible for a 6£ product, it makes an ordinary norwegian farmer like me look good.

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    3. Oh I will check that out asap! Thanks for sharing x

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  11. hi,
    I have similar skin to model maybe one shade darker. i am scandinavian so blue eyes and blonde hair. what shade should i go for in YSL foundation very confused whether to go for beige toned or yellow toned? thank you for helping.

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    1. Hi I always prefer to go for beige toned as I find yellow toned foundations too much for me. It all becomes too yellow. I would go to the counter and try the shade in beige, yellow & rose on yourself and see how you like it. I will risk a guess that all 3 would be fine for you depending on how much you use. As for Touche Eclat, I would go for classic 1 or 1.5 which is the slightly yellow toned one. I hope this helps x

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  12. and also what colour ysl touche eclat can you recommend (highlighter)

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    1. There are 7 shades of YSL Touche Eclat so you really should go test it at the counter. Choose one that isn't too pink or too dark. Remember it's a brightener, not a concealer. x

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  13. did you mix the two reds together?

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    1. I started with one first then applied another coat with the other. Then I blot and mix both and apply again. I build up as many coats as I think is necessary to get the colour or intensity I want.

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  14. Can you tell me what colours you used. I have this palatte and I can't figure out which colours you used .

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    1. I blended the shades. It's very hard for me to just use one shade. I tend to mix and customise the finish.

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