Hello everyone, seems like I haven’t created a look for quite some time. Today, I have an extremely easy look for you. A reader requested for a dark lip look which can be incorporated for work a while ago – Mel, I hope this look will work for you. Personally, I think by keeping rest of the face simple, even with a darker lip is work friendly unless you are working in a very conservative industry.
For face: I went for something clean and polished. Because I will be using a darker lip colour, to avoid looking too gothic, I wanted to add some radiance to the skin. I prepped my entire face with Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base. You can keep your skin looking more matte by skipping the primer – use a less illuminating one.
For foundation, try to pick one that’s natural and closest to the colour of your neck and chest, this will also minimise the chances of looking too vampy. I chose Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation SPF 15 PA ++, conceal dark circles and spots with Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit and set with Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder. I used a little Benefit Powderflage under the eyes as well.
For eyes: I defined my brows lightly with my usual Chanel Perfect Brows. Make sure they are neat and groomed, don’t go for anything too dark, keep them natural. Use any black eyeliner, best if they are waterproof, to line your upper inner waterline and fill in the gaps between your lashes. This will help enlarge your eyes without looking like you are actually wearing anything. Skip the false eyelashes if you are comfortable with just mascara. For me, I have very short lashes so I chose to use a natural pair of falsies – just to amp up the look slightly.
I have also added a thin layer of Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eyeshadow in Crushed Silver from the Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette (reviewed here) all over the lids. You can also skip the eyeshadow if you wish – lightly powder over your lids to even up the discolouration, if any.
For cheeks & lips: I added a touch of Make Up For Ever HD Blush in #5 before I set my foundation then I layered Shu Uemura Glow On Blushers in M Soft Pink 335 over. I also used Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Rumour to contoured my cheek bones lightly and Bobbi Brown Party Shimmer Brick to highlight.
I think Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour in Black Cherry 50 is perfect for this look. It’s dramatic enough but not-too-much. You can also tone it down by applying a generously amount of lip balm prior to applying the lipstick. Here, I have a thin layer of lip balm and 2 layers of lipstick applied with a lip brush.
Thank you for reading, happy mid-week.
Chanel Le Blanc de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Base
Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation SPF 15 PA ++
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder
Chanel Perfect Brows
Urban Decay UrbanBrow
Bobbi Brown Black Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette – only Crushed Silver
Diorshow Liner in Carbon
Urban Decay Lush Lash Mascara
Ardell False Eyelashes in 120 Demi Black
Make Up For Ever HD Blush in #5
Shu Uemura Glow On Blushers in M Soft Pink 335
Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Rumour
Bobbi Brown Party Shimmer Brick
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick SPF 15
Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Colour in Black Cherry 50