By Hanan E.
Cosmetics are a great option when it comes to updating your look, as not everybody can afford a new fall wardrobe; but a mere tube of lipstick is practically within everybody’s reach, without compromising ones budget. Take a cue from current trends; shades such as succulent wine, luscious burgundy, and deep raspberry are very happening at the moment, it’s a look that’s both fierce and feminine that oozes fall fashion. You may not even have to go shopping; that instant ‘pick me up’ glam item could be hiding in your makeup drawer.
Keep things simple by pairing eyes with a charcoal pencil during the day, for afternoons and night time; a thin stroke of liquid gray liner placed closely to the upper lash line is preferred, curl lashes and follow with a coat or two of your favorite mascara. The ideal eye shadow for this look is neutral, a single tone that closely mimics the natural color of the eyelids, or a wash of a soft eggshell tone, if you’re using loose mineral foundation; dust the eyelids with a sheer application. Foundation ought to be matte, it could be substituted with either a shine free beauty balm, or a light dusting of powder. As for blush (this should be the last step), choose an oil free formula, a sheer application of a subtle rosy shade will flatter the overall appearance. Applying ‘blush’ should always be the last step in makeup, this method gives a sense of ‘how much’ or ‘little’ is needed.
Moving on to a complimenting hairstyle, unless you’re attending a red carpet event, keep things simple (big hair and a loud mouth aren’t the best of combinations in real life). The low ponytail made several appearances during the fall/winter 2013 shows, a reoccurring trend that dominated several runways; (as seen at Milly, Ralph Lauren and 3.1 Philip Lim, to name but a few). This effortless hairdo is incredibly chic, not to mention cold weather friendly, as most winter attire consists of turtle necks. Simply gather hair at the nape of the neck, and secure with a band, you may twist some strands over the band to camouflage it.
Makeup should complement an outfit; this particular look works great with ensembles such as the pantsuit, as the volume of scarlet lips will balance the masculinity of the trousers. Another piece that works well with this look is the ‘full circle skirt’; this sweet piece dominated major runway shows during the fall/winter 2013 presentations. Prestigious fashion houses such as Lanvin, Nina Ricci and Christian Dior repeatedly showcased this particular item, its incredibly elegant and very lady like. The original version of the “full circle skirt’ made its first appearance during the 1950’s, a style that gained instant popularity for its demure aesthetic. It was also adopted and made popular by the late fashion icon, and UNICEF good-will ambassador Audrey Hepburn.
There you have it, the complete guide to mastering ‘bordeaux lips’.
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