Perfect Red Lips—A Tutorial

Hi Folks!

So, this picture tutorial is being done at the request of the lovely Shecoul. She sent me a picture that she saw on the front cover of her Mary Kay book:

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She wanted to know how to make her lips look so perfect: the definition and the fullness.

Now, my first response was going to be “Photoshop,” but then I thought about it. Ok, we can’t all have perfectly airbrushed lips, but we can definitely give beautiful definition to what we have already. It doesn’t take as long as you think, either.

These steps can apply to any shade of lippy you want to play with; I chose red because it showed up best in my pictures. Are you ready to see full closeup pics of my lips? Yes? Then, let’s get started!

Here’s what I used to create the look:

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I have a lip brush, concealer, lip liner, lip gloss (optional), and lipstick. Colors and brands: Studio Makeup lip liner in True Red,  Vera More Liquid Concealer in medium tan, and MAC lip glass and lipstick in Rihanna Red (Viva Glam). If you don’t have a lip brush, a q-tip will work just fine–no need to purchase new stuff unless you want to.

Start with clean, oil-free lips. If your lips are a bit flaky, mix brown sugar and olive oil together to make a nice scrub that’s tasty. Rub gently, rinse, and dry your lips. Baby smooth!

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Now, line your lips and fill with the same lip liner. Don’t worry about perfection, you’ll be able to fix it later. It should look something like this:

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Take your lippy and pretend you’re in kindergarten: stay inside your line! I apply directly from the tube; if you’re more comfortable using a lip brush, feel free.

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Normally, I’m done at this stage (and if you’re happy with the look, then go forth and be fierce!). If you want more definition, however, here’s how you do it. You’re going to take your concealer (it needs to match your skin tone, otherwise it will not look great) and line outside your lip line, right along the edge. If you decided on a q-tip for this, the ones with the pointy ends work the best for precision. This is how you create a crisp line. Here, I have outlined one side of my lips and not the other.

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Left side is lined with concealer, right side isn’t. Right side still looks good, but it isn’t a sharp and defined as the left. Here’s what my whole mouth looks like when it’s fully lined (left), next to when it isn’t (right):

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See how crisp the lines look now? If you ended up drawing outside the lines, this is when you’ll correct it. Now, if you don’t need your lips to look any fuller than this, stop here, and go be fierce. If you want them to look a bit plumper, you’re going to add a gloss on top. It can be the same color, clear, or another color if you’re into mixing shades like I am. Technique is key here: don’t swipe the gloss all over your lips. You’re going to dab it in the middle of both top and bottom lip and then rub together. You’ll get this:

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Left is with the gloss, right is without. Again, both beautiful, just depends on the look you’re going for. If you’re doing a lippy that’s blue or yellow, you can use a clear liner (Studio Makeup has one) and still get the same fabulous results.

And there you have it! How to get the perfect lip. I hope this tutorial is helpful. If you try this, let me know! Tag me on Twitter @fashion_amateur and let me see your look. 🙂

Next week, I hope to share the premiere of my YouTube channel with you all. The subject is eyebrows…I’m excited!

Lastly, I hope all of my US loves have a wonderful, fun, and safe Independence Day!

See you next week!

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Full Figured Fashion Week: But First, Let Me Take A Selfie

I’ve discussed in detail before, on my previous blog, how I am not a real fan of pictures.

In an effort to see myself as others do, I have made an effort to photograph myself more, and let myself be seen. Smile.

Although smiling is still pretty weird for me, I make an effort to do it more. I tend to always look unhappy when I’m not, and I want to be more expressive.

It’s all part of the evolution. 🙂

So, without further ado:

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This was when I went to the sample sale last Thursday. I used the Stila Dare to Bare Palette, Black Sheep Cosmetics Berry Lipstick (bright blue), and a Revlon pink gloss.

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So, this is a sneaky peek at an upcoming post (Thursday!), but this is from the Eloquii trunk show I attended. Same palette with a now discontinued brown lippy from Sephora. I love how my brows turned out here ( I did a different method than usual. Worth the extra effort!) Would y’all be interested in a tutorial? Remember, the YouTube Channel drops next month!

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And finally, this is from last Saturday’s fashion show look. I used a now discontinued ( 😦 ) Urban Decay palette (it’s hard to see in both pics, but I have on green shadow) and Maybelline’s Color Sensational Elixir in Mauve Mystique.

I pretty much did a relatively neutral palette on my face, because my outfits were so colorful. Where are those outfits, you say? You’ll see them coming up with  part one of the fashion show recap! 🙂

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Fatshion Friday: I Wear What I Want

I wear what I want.

Even if it scares me, even if people think I shouldn’t.

I wear what I want.

Yesterday, I went to FFF Week’s trunk show, and got to meet some lovely designers (and a baker), and I wore my new shirt from Feminine Funk. This is the one I picked up at Wednesday’s event, and spoke so cryptically about yesterday.

I cannot tell you how many compliments I received. I love this shirt to itty bitty pieces.

The kicker?

It’s a crop top.

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I never in a million years thought that I would do a crop top. It’s a look that I covet but never thought I would be able to pull off. But bolder looks, like hair and makeup, take confidence to pull it off. If you think sexy, you are. Words to live by. Now, I put a vest on with the outfit because I was worried about my love handles being out–a great option if, like me, you want to take baby steps towards such a bold statement. And as I walked the New York streets, as I walked around the trunk show, everyone loved the statement.

I wear what I want.

Including wearing my hair free and lavender lippy:

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My hair is much shorter than it was before and I love it so! The lip is a combo of bright blue lipstick and pink gloss.

Anyone can wear anything. It’s all about finding a look that speaks to you and makes you happy.

So, join me. And wear what you want. 🙂

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BeautyCon 2014 with Bonus Nail Adventure!

Hello my lovelies!

I hope you all had a lovely Memorial Day weekend and that it was safe.

So, this past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending BeautyCon. For the uninitiated, think like Comic Con but for fashion, makeup, and You Tube celebs.

Pretty cool, right?

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So, I put on my game face and got going. I have on browns and greens (I used Stila’s Dare to Bare palette and BH Cosmetic’s 120 color palette) because I had on a coral skirt. I was all comfy and breezy, because I figured it would be hot.

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Outside Shot!

So, the event took place at Pier 36 on the lower east side. Long, long, LONG, train ride, but worth it. It was nice out, and the walk wasn’t bad. Shout out to the friendly FedEx driver who helped me navigate!

Once inside, it was…absolute pandemonium. Lines on lines on lines of people waiting to try out makeup, meet the latest You Tube sensation, or to buy clothing.

Now, I don’t do well in lines. At all. But I did stand in a couple (and by couple I mean exactly 2!) of lines to try out some new stuff. In the above pic, I have on nothing but your standard lip balm. StyleHaul and Maybelline were sponsoring a lip color try on booth. So I thought, hey,why not? I love lip color!

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Maybelline’s Color Elixir in Mauve Mystique

I have Color Elixir in a fuchsia shade, but it doesn’t show as well on me as this one does. The gloss on here is beautiful, and as the color fades, it goes into a matte stain that is lovely.

I also waited in line to try out some of the new Revlon products. They have colorful liquid liners! Also, they have a new mascara that claims to have the darkest black pigments ever. I am a mascara junkie, so I am looking forward to giving this a try.

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I even picked up a pencil liner in a dark green. I don’t normally do pencil liners, as I am clumsy and manage to poke myself in the eye EVERY TIME (grr!), but when has ability ever stopped me from trying something? Practice makes perfect. They were actually doing makeup at the Revlon booth, however, I was there with a fully done face. The artist was kind and let me pick out some goodies anyway.

Did I mention there was a dance floor?

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And bounce houses?

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I was so sad I had on a skirt and couldn’t go play in the bounce house. Seriously. 😦

There were also temporary tattoos!

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Won’t lie, I felt pretty fancy with my fake tat. 😀

There were also some seminars going on. I think, if I had to pick one beef with BeautyCon (besides there not being ATMs…cause really? How does this happen?!) was that the seminars were sectioned off from the main floor with only sheets and not, well, walls. Makeup is exciting. Adding a bunch of people talking about said makeup loudly only a few feet away makes it hard to hear what’s going on when you want to hear about how other bloggers and vloggers got started. I didn’t even make it through a whole one because it was just. too. noisy.

All in all, it was a great afternoon, and I got to network (Shout out to Dark Skinned Divas!) and try new products.

Oh, and my nails:

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You know my nails and my business card had to coordinate, right?

I didn’t do that on purpose, but it definitely made for an ice breaker in conversation! I have on Julep’s Karen and OPI’s I Reached My Gold.

Great Saturday, all in all. And now? I’m preparing for Full Figured Fashion Week! Excited!

 

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Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

In continuation of my going bold theme, I took some time to take a look at some things that scare me.

Things that scare me in both fashion and in beauty.

Things that I don’t do because I always have a set of rules that say why I can’t, but I ignore the one reason I can:

Because I want to.

So much passes me by because I think it won’t be flattering or that I have no business wearing it because I’m not “built properly” to rock it.

An example: I never really got on board with the whole jumpsuit thing. I kept seeing them everywhere, and I’m all “Someone like me with a belly has NO BUSINESS  wearing that!” And then I bought a bodycon dress for my birthday dinner. Technically, it’s along the same lines of what I “shouldn’t” be wearing: I have a belly. I should be dressing to camouflage my belly, cause that’s what conventional fat girl fashion wisdom says. At the same time, I have to understand that for as long as I’ve been on this earth, I have had a belly. It isn’t gonna disappear in a larger dress or shirt or whatever. So I can keep trying to hide it and let some good fashion pass me by yet again, or I could just rock the thing.

I felt amazing in my dress. No regrets.

So, by association, I ought to be able to wear a jumpsuit or romper and feel just as amazing, right?

This week’s postings will focus on trends that scare me. Either because it isn’t something I’d normally do, or because it’s something I’ve been trained that I’m not supposed to do.

And for fun, here’s a pic of me in a lipstick color most folks have trouble with: red!

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This is the MAC Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick and lipglass.

See you tomorrow with a new Nail Adventure!

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New Goodies Part 2: April Glossybox

Now, I know. I need more makeup and skincare products like I need a hole in my head…but I have resisted the siren call of Glossybox long enough!

I couldn’t decide if I wanted it, and went back and forth over if it was worth it. I have quite an arsenal of products as it is from working so long in the industry (and being a beauty junkie as well, naturally!)

But hey, it never hurts to try out some new things, right?

So, I finally placed my order and waited anxiously for it to arrive. I hoped I would be happy.

First, let’s discuss how beautiful the packaging is. It’s like you’re getting a lovely gift!

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Fancy, right? So pretty! And the goodies:

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So, you get 5 goodies in your Glossybox, and most of them are full sized. I got a Ciate paint pot in Beach Hut, LaSplash Eye Shadow Primer, a Bellapierre lip gloss in Vanilla Kiss, a Caldrea body wash in Coconut Fig Leaf, and a body creme from Aqua Spa in Lavender Chamomile.

I’ve spoken about Ciate products before, and I love their kits. This polish is a pretty, shimmery orange. It’s pretty sheer, but glossy (see what I did there? ;D ) This swatch is three coats of color, no top coat:

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Lovely for summer (It’s spring, but I don’t know that the weather is aware as yet…)

The body wash and body creme smells so good! OMG! That is a long weekend kind of body wash; one where you linger in the shower for a while and enjoy the aroma wafting about. The body creme is one where you relax and massage it in (as opposed to slapping it on quickly ’cause you’re about to be late. Not that I know anything about that.)

I haven’t used the shadow primer, but I notice that, in putting a bit on my hand, that it’s sticky. The info card says it’s good for glitter, so I’ll have to remember that when I’m doing a glitter heavy eye look.

The lip gloss I wore in last week’s Update post:

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It’s a lovely neutral, not too glossy, but still moisturizing. Very good with bright eye looks that even a too pink gloss could detract from. It looks a bit similar to Kitten from Stila on me, but Kitten is way more gold (That’s what I wore for my birthday look.)

I have to admit, Glossybox was worth it. Can’t wait to see what May brings!

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Going Bold

For work, I tend to stick to neutrals because when I get people in my chair, and it’s a blue eye shadow day, it scares my clients.

I get the quizzical eyebrow, and then…

“You’re not gonna make me look like…you, are you?”

It’s easy to get offended by this, but I get it. Most people want to blend in most of the time. I get that for day to day work looks, neutrals are the safest. I wish that weren’t the case, but it’s what it is. When I get people in my chair, it’s like they have this unwritten rule book about colors and looks that I’ve not been privy to. A snippet of these rules:

1. Colors are only for going out.

2. Oh, honey, that blue shadow looks great on you, but could never do such a thing.

3. Red lipstick makes me look like a streetwalker!

4. Smoky eyes are supposed to be black and silver, right? That’s what I’ve always seen.

5. I have dark skin, I can’t wear bright colors.

Sigh. None of these are true. I know that the way makeup is marketed will lead you to believe those things, but it really isn’t true. So, counterpoints:

1. Color is for whatever time of day you want to wear it. So pink eyeshadow is fine for daytime if you want it. Just put it on the lid only and blend with a neutral shade if you work in a conservative office.

2. You may not like the cerulean blue shadow I have on my eyes today, but I bet if you let me put some of this periwinkle on you’ll see your blue eyes pop! (purple is lovely with green, and greens are beautiful with brown.)

3. If you feel a bit…overdone, as it were, you just have on the wrong shade of red. Cherry red doesn’t go with all skin tones, y’all. But one could do a burgundy, or one with more blue (these look like they cast more pink). There are so many shades of red in the world, and if you have time to play around I bet you’ll find one that makes you feel and look fabulous.

4. Smoking an eye is a technique, so you can use any colors you want. Love green? Do it in three shades of green! Love colors in general? Use multiple colors. If you don’t know what works together, download a color wheel and pick three colors that sit next to each other. The more you play around, the more colors you’ll morph together (try pink, yellow, and orange!)

5. Nothing makes me sadder than to get folks in my store and decide that the world of color is not for them because they’re “too dark.” As black and brown folks, we can wear any color we want. We just have to look at the shade’s tones, not the shade itself. So, again, maybe cerulean isn’t your favorite look for yourself, but that deeper sapphire is amazing. Don’t throw the whole rainbow out because one beam doesn’t shine bright enough.

Honestly, I think the biggest rule of makeup is that there are no rules. Guidelines, sure (I think everyone should use primer, for example, and it isn’t just for eyes), but there is no set of set in stone rules for it. And there shouldn’t be. You have to be willing to be bold, really. Not too much more to it than that. Even though my customers are petrified of my bright colors for themselves, they LOVE it on me, and that’s because I don’t carry myself timidly when I have it on. I’ll do loud greens and yellows and pin up my ‘fro. I know I’m gonna get eyes on me, so I hold my head high and strut. That’s really what sells a look–not just the technique or color.

In honor of going bold this week (and every week), here’s a look I did with my Urban Decay Electric Palette:

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With this look, you have options! You can go with a nude lip, as I did in the first two pics (gloss is Kitten by Stila), or you can go bright with a pink. I know, typically bold eyes go with nude lips. Here’s why this works: I’m in the same color family. So you can do a pink or even a purple, but no red here. This pink is called Jilted, and it’s by Urban Decay.

Would y’all like a tutorial on the eye look? Let me know and I’ll post it next week!

Go bold and be brave. 🙂

 

 

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