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The Brown Lip.

Commonly associated with the likes of Cindy Crawford, the brown lip was a 90’s staple. Shades ranging from a Beige Nude to a Deep Brown were gracing the pouts of many women and the counters of major makeup brands.

I remember inheriting an Avon tube of lipstick from my Mother. It was a gorgeous mahogany brown colour and I thought it was fabulous. I used to wear it all the time. If a 9 year old can rock it, you certainly can.

With the likes of Kylie Jenner re-hashing the nineties trends, the Brown lip has again started to weasel its way back on to the lips of the modern day woman. The most of us embracing a nude brown, while the extravagant are waging full blown dirt-mouth kissers (I mean that in the most flattering way).

The two Brown shades I have been loving lately are The shade Salem from the LimeCrime ‘The Witches” velvetine collection and Savvy Ultra Matte Lip Colour in the shade Lights..Camera. Both of these shades are matte in consistency which, in my opinion, makes it easier to wear and are extremely long wearing.

Left- Salem (LimeCrime) Right- Lights..Camera (Savvy)

Left- Salem (LimeCrime) Right- Lights..Camera (Savvy)

Salem is a rich, deep brown with a slight red tinge and Lights..Camera is a wearable pink brown nude (also a great dupe for MAC- Velvet Teddy and is under $10).

I think the tip to wearing a brown lip is keeping the rest of the face neutral. Stick to minimal shadow with lots of mascara on the eyes and bronze up the face to avoid looking washed out. A peach toned blush also works well and a lot little highlighter on the high points of the face will really tie the look together.

Would you rock a Brown, 90’s Pout?

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Lets talk contour.

Contouring is the perfect way to give the face structure and dimension when applying makeup. Blanking out your face with foundation and concealer can diminish the natural hollows of the face, this is where adding colour back in is most important, to avoid looking ghostly and washed out. Contouring is the method of darkening the points of your face that would be shaded if you were in direct sunlight. On most faces these points include the temples of the forehead, under the cheekbones (hollows of the cheek if you were pulling a pouty face), under the jaw line and either side of the nose.

Contouring can be achieved with both cream and powder products. For a more subtle contour, I would go with a cream product. Some companies have stick contour colours, but for a beginner I would go with a stick foundation a few shades deeper than your natural skin tone, such as the Maybelline FitMe stick foundation.

I personally prefer to contour with powder products. If I am aiming for subtle dimension I will go with a pressed powder a few shades darker than my skin tone. In summer, I like to use a light matte bronzer. It is always important to use a matte powder, we are trying to essentially hide parts of the face, using a shimmery colour would attract attention to that area. I would keep the shimmer for highlighting.

When creating a dramatic look I love using cool toned, ashy contour colours. I find that they seem to suit my fair skin and dont make me look like I have a muddy streak down the side of my face. I have really been loving the NARS contour palette in Olympia and as a cheaper alternative, I do love using NYX blush in Taupe. If I am absolutely going to town on my makeup, I do also like to use a grey/purple eyeshadow to contour, such as Tease from the Naked2 palette or Makeup Geek’s “unexpected’ eyeshadow.

My golden rule with contouring is build the colour. If you go in with a brush loaded with product, it is going to make the blending process a lot harder. I would also recommend investing in a good contour brush if you can. I love my Real Techniques contour brush, it is relatively inexpensive and gets right into the hollows of the face. A fluffy eyeshadow brush can also be used for a strong contour. If you are looking for super definition, try holding a business card just under the cheekbone to get that crisp line and then blend out from there. Another thing to keep in mind when blending is always blend in an upwards direction. Never bring the colour down towards the chin, this will make the face look sunken and drag the face down.IMG_0878

 

 

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New in- Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lip colour.

 

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Just encroaching into my favourite season of the year (Winter here in the land of Aus, for all you Northern Hemisphere peeps) I am enthusiastically unpacking all of my knitted jumpers, dusting of my 200 pairs of ankle boots and sorting through my extensive scarf collection. Cosmetics-wise I am pulling out all my Full Coverage foundation, packing away my bronzer and embracing the Pale.

One huge trend over winter in the Northern Hemisphere was the Matte Lip. Honestly, nothing excites me more than a bold, matte lip colour. I love the colder months for the fact I feel completely at ease rocking a burgundy lip at 8am. Many cosmetic brands have jumped on the trend of the Matte Lip and now, some of the collections are being dropped here in Australia to coincide with the beginning of winter.

One particular release I was waiting for was the Bourjois Rouge Edition 24 hour Lip colour. With the likes of Viviannadoesmakeup raving about them, I knew they were going to be a winner (Lady knows her Lip colours!).

I was not disappointed.

The consistency of well, velvet. This little gem glides on with no effort. Light texture yet build-able with the promise of 24 hour wear. What more could a girl want? The application is easy with a small wand, I do however recommend starting the application in the centre of the lip, working the colour out to the edge of the lip line as the wand is quite dense with product. Although probably not necessary, I do still like to line my lips before applying (probably because I am a stickler for a neat lip application!).

After a night of eating, drinking, dancing (sweating) and forgetting to reapply, this baby was still present on my lips when I woke. Yes, I beautysinned. No makeup was removed that evening (forgive me!). I did notice when my narcissism took over and I checked my reflection in everything I could that this colour handles longevity with ease, not flaking or becoming patchy as the evening progressed. It just- fades or almost sinks into the lip.

Currently I own the shades Frambourjoise (velvet 02) and Hot Pepper (velvet 03), I have a feeling a few more shades are not far off being in my collection.

Have you tried these? What do you think?

Until next time-

Em x

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I’ve gone Batty for Balms.

 

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Its true. I have fallen head over heels.

Honestly, what is there not to love about a balm stain. Longevity, great colour pay-off and Build-ability. Pretty much everything a busy girl wants in a lip colour. Not having to worry about touching up a bright lip is one of the most refreshing and liberating feelings for me (sad, maybe?) I feel like my inner child is also accommodated for with such a lip product. Essentially I am drawing on my face with a giant crayon.

The original, and still the best in my opinion is the Balm Stain. Long wearing and easy, a balm stain is the lip colour you can pop on and not have to give a second thought. A couple of layers and you have a nice glossy finish, or apply a small amount and smudge with your fingertip for a sheer flush of colour. A balm stain can also double for a cream blush at a pinch, making it the perfect handbag essential.

Recently, Revlon has launched two new balms to their range. The Matte Balm and the Lacquer Balm. Pretty much every beauty guru and their dog went bananas over this launch, and we here in Australia (yay for getting everything months behind!!) have just been able to get our hands on them. I have to say I prefer the Matte formulation over the Lacquer, purely based on longevity.  I found the lacquer has a tendency to lose colour in the centre of the lips after a few hours of general wear. The matte formula has the staying power of a fly on a hot Summers Day. It isn’t gonna budge for anything.

I have to admit, I have only tried a handful of brands who have produced a balm lip product, who makes your Favourite Balm?

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(L_R) Lacquer, Matte, Stain.

 

Till next time,

Em x

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