Pro Logic: Screen Siren Beauty How-To Thursday 12 January, 2012
One way to be fearless with your beauty? Go retro. Yep, in beauty, borrowing from the past for your look today is de rigueur for Hollywood starlets (just check out any red carpet event—and since awards season just began, you’ll have miles of red carpet to peep for inspiration!)—and it can be de rigueur for […]
One way to be fearless with your beauty? Go retro. Yep, in beauty, borrowing from the past for your look today is de rigueur for Hollywood starlets (just check out any red carpet event—and since awards season just began, you’ll have miles of red carpet to peep for inspiration!)—and it can be de rigueur for you, too.
In fact, the resurgence of old Hollywood glamour in movies (witness My Week with Marilyn and Midnight in Paris) is pushing past beauty trends into the spotlight—and one of my favorites is the ruby pout matched with a sultry cat eye. The idea is simple enough: winged black liquid liner, full lashes, a shimmering cream eye and that full red lip. But, some portions of this look seem to distress those who don’t regularly wield a makeup brush and powder puff. No worry; over at the sweetly glamorous West Hollywood makeup joint, Blushington, you can pop in for one of six makeup designs for an even sweeter $35, and screen-siren allure is actually on the menu. One of the looks, “Lucky Stars,” brings together a lush claret lip with lovely lined eyes—the epitome of ’50s glam. But if you can’t pop into Blushington, don’t fret: The makeup bar’s director of artistry, Emma Willis, shares how to create that red lip and striking eye all on your own.
For a Siren Pout…
First up: Start by applying concealer all over the entire lip. “This creates the base for those lips to last all day and into the night!” Willis says. Then, lightly dust the concealer with a little powder. “With a sharpened lip pencil (in the same color red as the lip you’re going to do), outline the lip, and then pencil in the rest of the entire mouth. With a lip brush, go over the whole lip area with the lipstick of your choice.” The lip brush will afford you more control and also allow you to push the color into the lips.
Now that you’ve painted your red lip perfectly, don’t race to your red carpet (OK, real life) just yet; Willis says that most women suffer from titian teeth. “Take a Q-tip and place it between your lips; close your mouth and rub the Q-tip back and forth (against the teeth almost),” she advises. “This will take off any of the telltale lipstick residue that can otherwise end up on your teeth. You’re now good to go—rock that Hollywood red lip!”
For a Hollywood Cat Eye…
The hottest throwback to old-school beauty, a black cat eye, is one of the strongest trends for spring. To give it that timeless Hollywood flavor, Willis says to “keep the lids natural with beige and cream shades of eye shadow.” For your liner, use an angled liner brush to give you more control over your line. Willis prefers liquid liner, and suggests carefully gliding the angle of the brush from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner, “and gradually build up the thickness of the line as you reach the outer edge of your lashes. This creates that slightly winged-out effect,” she says.
And There’s Mole…er, More…
Willis even says that if you’re feeling super-adventurous (and who isn’t?), you can pencil in your very own “Monroe” mole. You’ll need a slightly blunted eye pencil in either brown or dark brown. She notes that a rounded, blunt edge is key to making your beauty mark appear natural; if you have a freshly sharpened pencil, just blend it on the back of your hand to take off the fine point and to warm it up. “Almost line up the pencil with the top of your lips where your cupid bow is, and shift to the left. Keep the pencil straight and dead-on to your face, and then softly press it into the skin, turning it in a small, tiny circle while you keep it in the same position,” Willis says. “Repeat this one more time in the exact same spot to add a little more definition.”
So maybe you don’t have a red carpet to walk any time soon, but trust me: This makeup look works anywhere and everywhere. (Well…maybe not at the gym.) Red lip + winged liner = bombshell. Now, go collect your beauty accolades.
What does fearless beauty mean to you? “Be bold in your thoughts and choices, and a stronger, more adventurous you will shine through!” —Emma Willis, Blushington Director of Artistry
(Images: Courtesy of Blushington)