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.
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?
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21 thoughts on “A Twist on a Classic: Winged Eyeliner and a Red Lip”
You are such a beauty! X
Oh, that’s so lovely of you! Thank you 🙂 xx
Wow your beautiful. Love the winged eye and lippy colour! Stands out!! If you are free, would be great if you could check out my blog on http://www.beautypuzzled.wordpress.com x
Thank you! Xx
You have the most amazing bone structure!
Aww, thank you! Xx
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
I haven’t tried the reds, but I love 03 so I’ll have to check these out, thank you! Xxx
You are welcome! 🙂 they are very long lasting i wear them all the time and i also have ash blonde hair and green eyes haha :p xxxx
Haha, snap!! I’m sold! It’s lucky I pass a Boots on my way into work 😛 thank you! Xxx
Even more an excuse to go check them out! :p Have a lovely day! 🙂 xxx
Thanks, you too 🙂 xxx
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 🙂
:O f-bomb looks amazing. I’ll have to go and check it out. Thank you so much! Xx
Its really lovely, hopefully you dind that perfect red 🙂
Thank you! Xx
I love lime crime velvetines in wicked as a perfect red as it’s slightly darker then a pillar box type red
Thank you! I’ve just bought Salem and am head over heels so I definitely need to try Wicked next xx
Red velvet is good too…sueadeberry not so much on me it looks a bit orangy xx