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  • The lipstick effect

    Makeup can mean so many things to different people.  I personally can never remember not loving it.  As a young girl I was completely enchanted by how a smear of colourful lipstick could completely transform my mother into the most beautiful woman I'm sure I had ever seen.

    I love makeup for its transformative powers, and whilst I feel confident leaving the house with no make up on at all, when I have a make up look that I love, I feel as though I can take on the world.

    I can't think of a look that makes me feel more powerful than a strong lip.   I am especially enamoured with is the deep plum lip trend we are seeing this winter.  Whilst it can lean towards being quite goth, with a simple eye and manicured brows a more romantic, pretty feeling is achieved.

    The runway look from Rodarte fall/winter 2016.

    Here are a few key points to consider in achieving this look:

    1/ Brush your teeth before applying you lipstick.  It seems like a silly thing to mention, but I do this in reverse all the time and It is super annoying.  lipstick everywhere!

    2/ Make sure your lips are soft and free of dry skin by exfoliating them and applying a lip conditioner or lip primer.

    3/ Apply lip liner to the outer edge of your lips... this is where your artistry can come in.  You can create the lip shape you would like, accentuate the cupids bow or maybe over draw your lips slightly to create a fuller lip shape.

    4/ Fill in the lips with liner, this creates a long-lasting  base for your lipstick.  I love MAC Pro-longwear lip pencils.  The shade Dark Out is a favourite.

    5/ Apply your lipstick with a lip brush, working it all over the lips.  Use a colour that matches the liner or I sometimes like to go just a tiny bit lighter with my lipstick and blend it out. 

    6/ Take a bit of concealer on your concealer brush working around the edge of your lips to sharpen up and perfect the edges.

    7/ It is important to comb and fill in your eyebrows when wearing a strong lip, as dark lips can make the face look a little unbalanced without brows.

    8/ I hear people say that with a strong lip, its important to keep the eyes soft. I would say do what ever you want and rock it baby!  I personally love to have smudged out smoky eye shadow and false lashes even with a strong lip, so stick with what ever makes you feel gorgeous.

    My version of this look, with a soft smoky eye.

    I am available for make up by appointment at Hamilton Brooks Hairdressing, give the salon a call and book in for your next event.

    Love Yelena x

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