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DIY Matte Red Lips

Red lippies have been trending for quite some time now. The color makes a person look confident, but not many dare to wear it. I, for instance, only managed to pull it off last year. Red is too bold a color and catching unnecessary attention is the last thing I want. It may not be obvious, but I’m quite the shy girl. Charot, minsan lang. Haha

Aside from  the shade, matte lips are so in demand that many make-up store chains have released matte lipsticks. Matte lipsticks give a non-glossy finish, perfect for today’s season. Why you ask? Since the rainy (and windy) season has begun in the Philippines, it would be a tad bit impractical to wear a glossy lipstick when your hair is being constantly whisked. You wouldn’t want your hair sticking on your lips now would you? That’s kinda gross.

But what if you do not have a matte lipstick and the mall is a galaxy away? Not to worry, as this post is all about getting a matte red lips finish DIY-style. All you need are:

1. your favorite red lipstick

2. a powder (loose or compact, it doesn’t matter);

3. a small brush; and

4. a single-ply tissue.

When you have all the items, apply your favorite lipstick; I’m using ELF’s royal red. Once finished, blot the lower and the upper lip using the single-ply tissue. Do not remove the tissue just yet.

Second, using your small brush, dab on powder. I’m using Blush’s flat brush and Majolica Majorca face powder.

Then, pat the brush with powder on the tissue, as shown. Trace lips as if you’re putting on a new layer of lip gloss and push the powder through the tissue.

Do the same procedure on the upper lip. Afterwards, remove the tissue. What’s great about this procedure is that you’re assured that your lips won’t get the cheese effect, which usually happens when you place powder directly on the lips.

You should get a result similar to this:

Glossy no more! Yay! As you can see, the color looked richer in matte and, erm, fresher? If in case there are gaps after removing the tissue, you can apply a bit of the lip color on the gaps; a lip liner is also a great alternative. This seldom happens, however, if you have previously applied a generous amount of lip color/stick prior to blotting.

So that’s it! Just dab a bit of blush on the cheeks, nose bridge, and chin to get a natural finish. Red lippies are already  attention-grabbers, so make sure not to overdo your make-up. I would recommend some mascara and no eyeshadow. Simplicity is key.

I hope this tip helps. Remember that you don’t always have to purchase new stuff just to look good. ;P Ciao!

My Everyday Make-up (Video Tutorial)

Most men dislike girls who wear make-up.  That’s a fact. Last year though, I was able to “perfect” a barely-there make-up that can be worn everyday. Chad would always tell me how much he loves my make-up because, according to him, I still have that natural glow after application. Well, he’s right. The problem with wearing make-up is that even though it enhances beauty and hides imperfections, everybody knows it’s not your “real face” they’re seeing. Hence, they exclaim: Uy, ‘di kita nakilala ah. Ang ganda mo ‘te! Haha. I dunno if I’d be happy with that one.

Also, there are women who, unfortunately, have very sensitive skin. Some could not handle too many cake and powder on their skin, causing them to get allergies and irritations. So with all these in mind, I thought, hey, maybe I could share to everyone my everyday make-up–foundation-free! I may not have sensitive skin, but I don’t like layers on my face and feel eeky sticky at the end of the day. I’ve been wearing this look for a year now and I must say it has worked wonders for me.

Below is a video tutorial I made yesterday. I have also indicated below the instructions, in case you don’t get to read the subtitles. I hope you find this helpful! 🙂

STEP ONE: Cleanse and tone. Never put on make up without washing your face first. I use Nivea Acne Oil Control Facial Wash and Nivea Refreshing Toner.

STEP TWO: Moisturize. Any moisturizer will do. I use POND’S Flawless White Blemish Prevention UV Cream.

STEP THREE: Conceal. Use a concealer that matches your skin tone to hide imperfections. I use BasicBeauty concealer stick in Light.

STEP FOUR: Apply blush. Blush powders are easier to work with than cheek tints. I would recommend Ever Bilena’s Rose blush powder. Smile! Then, apply blush on the apples of your cheeks.

STEP FIVE: Line lippies. Others would tell you to use a lip liner darker than your lipstick. I don’t follow that though. I use Ianti’s lip liner in Nude. It matches all lip colors.

STEP SIX: Apply nude lipstick. I am obsessed with Nudes. Here, I’m going to use Ianti’s Nude lipstick. I use it as my lipstick base, if there is such a thing. 😛

STEP SEVEN: Choose a shade that resembles your lip color. As you can see, I overuse Elf’s peach lip color. Hehe. It looks natural but, at the same time, refreshing. 🙂

STEP EIGHT: Define eyebrows. I’m partial to brown eyebrow pencils. The color makes people look younger (I think).

STEP NINE: Apply mascara and define lashline. I’ve been using Nichido ColorEyes mascara duo stick for years. It’s very affordable but always delivers. I don’t use eyelash curlers by the way; I just apply mascara in upward direction, but you’re free to use one if you want. 🙂 I always use the liquid one when defining my upper lashline. To create the perfect line, stretch the skin a bit then apply liner as shown. Remember, the goal is to look natural, so do not apply too much. Just follow the contours of your lashline.

STEP TEN: Set make-up by applying powder. These actually do the trick–Yep, a brush and loose powder. It does not rob the skin of ITS natural glow, unlike when we use foundation and/or pressed powder. Do not forget to apply powder on your neck. 🙂

OPTIONAL: Highlight nose bridge. While others would use brown make-up to highlight the contours of their nose, I use my concealer. ‘Learned it from a few make-up artists. 😛 Apply, then blend. 🙂

 

Sound off in the comments section if you have questions. Thanks for dropping by!

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