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Red Lips for the Holidays Look #2

So this is my second installment of this series of makeup looks to pair with red lips. In case you missed part 1 yesterday, you can click here. For this look, red hues translated from the lips with a rose gold shadow on the lids and a red-hued flush on the cheeks really compliment each other giving the entire face a very harmonious look.

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Items needed:

1) Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar – Matte  in NSFW $18

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2) MAC Expensive Pink shadow $15

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Expensive Pink (on the left), and NYX’s Blame it on Midnight to softly contour (on the right)


3) MAC Pinch Me blush $21


For this look, I started out with another long-wearing matte lip color, from OCC Cosmetics. Unlike yesterday’s Ruby Woo however, this wears very comfortably throughout the day without drying out. This is a beautiful true red that’s neither blue, nor orangey. Apparently the lip tars come with a brush for application, but maybe I misplaced mine. I used a lip brush (it’s actually the smudge brush from the magnetic snapping Sephora travel brush I wrote about here) to apply it in light layers until it was fully opaque.

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For the eyes I wanted a soft rose gold look, not dramatic at all. So I put the rose gold all over, but with this metallic color on my lid, I needed a little something in the crease just to give the eye some definition. Since I didn’t want this to become smokey, I used NYX’s Blame it on Midnight which is described as a deep peachy beige. It doesn’t look like much in the pan, but it gave it just enough oomph. Finished it off with a little liner and the eyes were done!

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The point of this look was to take hints of the red color from the lips and translate it onto the rest of the face. So, I finished it off with MAC’s Pinch Me blush. Sure, there are other super pretty red blush colors like Ambering Rose, but I didn’t want straight up red on my cheeks. MAC describes it as a medium dirty rose – to me it’s a pink that has alot of red undertone. Again, it gave just enough of that red color on my cheeks without going overboard.

Since I wanted the blush to stand out in this look, I used some extra products to perfect my skin, compared to just BB cream yesterday. On the rest of my face, I used:

Face- MAC prolongwear foundation NC37, Covergirl+Olay concealer in Light/Medium, Wet n Wild Color Icon bronzer in Reserve your Cabana to highlight (also on my brow bone), MAC Taupe blush to lightly contour
Eyes- Wet n Wild black liquid liner, Smashbox lash primer, Make Up For Ever Extravagant Eyes mascara

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What do you think of this look? Is it something you’d try? Stay tuned tomorrow when I share my last makeup look to pair with a red lip.

One thought on “Red Lips for the Holidays Look #2

  1. Pingback: Red Lips for the Holidays Look #3 | makeup by neda

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