Here’s a look I put together for a red carpet event last year. I wore a black 50s style vintage cocktail dress from The Gathering Goddess.
I wanted to accent the refined, understated glamour with something modern. Lips seemed the way to go.
Red would have been predictable and might have made the look austere. Pink was the answer – and not any shade – I wanted garish, electric, and unnatural!
I wore my hair blow-dried straight with a deep side part – it could just as easily been pulled back and sleek. What mattered most was the pink mouth. And People magazine agreed, as they featured it as their ‘Look of the Week’.
Recently I spotted girlfriend Kerry Washington sporting a GORGEOUS vivid pink lip on the red carpet.
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Kerry Washington Pink lips
So here’s my how-to for stunning the crowd
with an Electric Pink smile.
ELECTRIC PINK LIPSTICK
Thandie newton’s step by steps
As well as my usual base (see any number of other Posts) I added a bronzing element.
I pretty much use a bronzer 9 months of the year – because if I’m in a cold climate my skin tends to settle into a bloodless ‘mushroom’ shade… A CC cream (currently I’m using Olay) is a good quick fix on a daily basis – but if I need more warmth I use a bronzer.
My all-time favourite for years has been Giorgio Armani’s Bronze Mania gel. I apply it with a damp make up sponge – around the edge of my face, neck and on the top of my nose (never around the eye, nose or mouth – that way fake tan horror story lies).
The dampness of the sponge helps move the colour around (and be quick with application as the gel consistency dries fairly quickly). If it’s daytime that’s all I’ll use, but for a red carpet event like this one I’ll apply a light coat of foundation on top of the bronzer and then complete the base with concealer etc.
I used Chanel‘s eyeshadow pallet Les 4 Ombres in 36 INTUITION.
Using a smaller sized fluffy eye shadow brush I applied the darkest brown shade deep in the eye socket line, and
under the outer edge of my lower lash. I repeated this and blended until I had a lovely rich, warm frame for my eyes.
Chanel Intuition quad
Next I used Mac‘s Powder Blush in FEVER (that I’d also be using on my cheeks later) and gave the deep brown a rich pink accent over the top, and blended this down onto my top lids. Subtle, but works really well bringing the tones of cheek and eye together.
Estee Lauder Eye Pencil
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Using Estee Lauder‘s Double Wear eye pencil in ONYX, I lined along my top lid right into the top lashes, and from my outer lower lash halfway along into my pupil.
I then used the pencil’s blending tool to gently smudge the creamy rich black into the existing brown shadow – gorgeous.
I curled my lashes, then used the fabulous Mac Haute and Naughty Too Black Lash mascara. The two wand ‘strengths’ are a great invention. For this look I used the thicker application first, quickly followed by the finer application to even out any globs.
Kay introduced me to an eyebrow pen to rival my favourite SUQQUbrand.
This time I used the more widely available Stila Stay All Day Waterproof brow colour in MEDIUM.
I do love a liquid brow liner – it allows me to create brow hairs rather than the heavier block of colour which a pencil creates.
It gives a finer, more subtle finish.
Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
This lip colour was going to be bright so I could afford to punch up my cheeks – so I used Julie Hewett‘s Cheekie Palette in ROSIE, and then once I’d powdered my face using Jurlique‘s translucent powder (the Rose smell is DIVINE, every time I use it) I added more colour with Mac‘s Powder Blush in FEVER (as in step 2).
Nearly there! I lined just outside my top lip with Chanel‘s Precision Lip Definer in FUSCHIA. I kept true to my lip line around the bottom lip.
Overall this gives me a fuller mouth which I wanted with such a WOW lip colour.
Finally, using a lip brush I applied the lip colour. For the event I actually used two shades from Chanel, one of which is no longer available ( you gotta love how Chanel do that with seasonal shades.
It makes their colours even more coveted and exclusive; as you use them down to the nub and arrange a funeral for the empty container once you’ve said your last goodbye). Happily though, I’ve found a colour by Urban Decay called CRUSH for you guys, which I used for this final step.
Et voila – a subtle, sun-kissed make-up look with vivid electric pink lips.
All illustrations by Thandie, picture fixing & placing by Kay.