A Twist on a Classic: Winged Eyeliner and a Red Lip

This look is a timeless classic: a pared down eye balances a bold lip in a style that’s effortlessly feminine. Still, it’s always fun to play around with shapes and colours.

I began by covering my eyes with MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot in ‘Painterly:’ what I like to think of as a discolouration corrector for the eye in a pale pink beige. With all my eww-y veins and redness hidden, I stuck to a very neutral palette using a matte taupe transition shade, a gold-speckled chocolate colour in my outer v and a frosted mushroom shade on my lid and along my lower lash line.  

To freshen up the look, I added bright white to the inner corner of my eye and brought it up under my eyebrow where it acts as a conventional highlighter. This gives the illusion of a bigger, brighter eye. To add to this effect, I also mirrored my usual winged eyeliner along the outer portion of my lower lash-line.

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For the lips, I stuck to the Monroe-esque red, but added a little deep plum to the centre to create a subtle ombré effect that makes them look full and plump (it also prevents the red-lips-yellow-teeth faux pas).

I’m still on the search for my go-to red lipstick. Being ash-blonde, green eyed and pale skinned, it’s not as simple as choosing what looks like a lovely swatch. So far, my favourite is Shiseido’s Perfect Rouge in RD142 ‘Sublime,’ a richly pigmented cool-toned red.

So how would you put your twist on a classic? Do you have any recommendations for the seemingly elusive ‘perfect red’ lipstick?

Hope you like!

Molly x

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21 thoughts on “A Twist on a Classic: Winged Eyeliner and a Red Lip

  1. theglasgowgirl says:

    Gorgeous !! Have you tried the Rimmel stay matte Kate moss lipsticks in 111 and 107? They are gorgeous red lipsticks and complement any skin tone! Xxxx

  2. cellardoor2014 says:

    Red can be so tricky! I like f-bomb by urban decay, cherries in the snow by revlon and wet n wild has a couple lovely reds in their mega last line.

    This look is so ethereal and lovely and you look gorgeous as always 🙂

  3. RockandRollcurvesVStheworld says:

    I love lime crime velvetines in wicked as a perfect red as it’s slightly darker then a pillar box type red

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