3 Ways To Wear Red Lips This Valentine’s Day

3 Ways To
Wear Red Lips This Valentine’s Day

Day is best served with a bold red lip.
A red lip is sexy, it can be fierce, it demands attention, and it is the calling card of the vixen.
But if you are a girl who doesn’t normally wear red the
mere thought of that can be overwhelming! 
If a red lip seems scary, or feels
like too much work, here are 3 easy ways 
to slip into a sexy Valentine’s rouged moue.

lipliner and gloss

1.   Ease your way in to red by lightly
coloring your entire lip with a red lipliner, then adding a clear gloss.

lipliner and lipstick patted in with your finger

2.   Want something a little more
substantial but still keeping it muted? Shape your lip with a red liner then
pat a soft red lipstick on with your finger. You can control the intensity by
tapping on a little more or a little less depending on your mood.
In the picture above we kept it super soft and subtle.

3.   Feeling a little more emboldened? 

bold, matte, red lip

out a velvety matte red lip. Shiny red lips can slip and slide, and often men cringe at the thought of kissing them and getting it all over their face.
Matte is the easiest way to wear red as it doesn’t
move or bleed and stays on your lip rather than your glass. Or your man.
And it’s sexy.


Looking for a new red lipstick?
Check out How To Choose Your Perfect Lip Color here

and The Best Red Lipsticks post here
I am also crazy about the new Temptu Color True red lipstick. Check it out in the link above.

The model in this story is my assistant Whitney, and all images were photographed by Jessica Savidge (www.SavidgePhotography.com)

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How To Do Glitter Eyeshadow

The holiday season is here, which means party season is here too!

Glitter eye shadows are so fun to wear to winter festivities.
They look so vibrant and alive against the bleak, dreary backdrop of the colder months, and they also play well against crisp white snow.


Candle light and open fires pick up the sheen you’ve added to your shadow and make your eyes sparkle and look so pretty.

But if they’re not executed correctly, glittery eye shadows are just a sparkly mess all over your face.

So here are my tips for 

How To Work With Glittery Eyeshadow.

1. Neutralize your complexion
To pull off a good glittery shadow you really need to have a good, smooth foundation, evening out your complexion. 


2. Keep The Shine Only To Your Eyes.
Its easy to make the whole face look too shiny when you have a high shine eye. Tone the cheek down a little, and don’t add sparkle anywhere else. Sparkly or shimmery highlight paired with a glittery shadow will detract from the effect of the eye shadow and can end up making the face look oily.

3. Soften The Lip
If you are making a shimmery eye the focus of your look, help it out by toning down the lip. 
Most people can’t carry off a big eye and a big lip at the same time. Go for something a little more neutral, and keep it either matte or just a low sheen. A big glossy lip with a glittery eye makes the face look too shiny and too busy.


4. Use Your Glitter Shadow As An Accent
Dont try to build your entire eye with a glitter shadow. 
Build the shape and drama of the eye in neutral creamy finished eye shadows (glitter adheres better to a cream base), and then bring in your shimmery/glittery product as the final event.
Bare lids won’t hold sparkles.


5. It’s all In The Application
To make this deal work, and not have glitter all over your face, you need to apply it correctly.
I like to dampen my brush by dabbing it into a tiny amount of Makeup Forever HD Primer (it binds and holds the product without being too heavy) and then pick up my glitter /shimmer product and gently press it onto the area I want to accent.
Don’t try to paint the eye or sweep a glitter product over it, as the particles will flick all over the face and can be tricky to get off. You want to isolate the glitter/shimmer just to the eye, and the area of the eye that you are accenting.

Shimmer vs Glitter

6. Shimmer or Glitter?
I prefer a product that shimmers to a product that is super glittery. My favorites are Makeup Forever Star Powder and 
Face Atelier’s Shimmer. The particles are smaller, give more of a shimmery effect, and stay on the eye rather than all over the face. You can carry off more sheen to other areas of the face with a shimmer shadow instead of a glitter.
If you want to use a glitter look for one with smaller instead of bigger particles.

7. Repair Job
If you wind up with particles of glitter on your face use a piece of sotch tape to gently lift it off

3 Quick Ways To Brighten Tired Eyes

There’s no need to walk around looking sleep deprived.

Here are 3 quick tricks to wake up your tired looking eyes in an instant,

and leave you looking vibrant and gorgeous!

1. If you’re the girl who likes to wear beige/taupe or neutral shadows:

abandon the flat mattes and use a shimmery version instead.

Or add a shimmer product,  

such as Makeup Forever Star Powder in #926

to the inner corner of the eyelid, and sweep it across

the inner 1/3 of the lid.

The tiniest touch of champagne beige shimmer

under the inner 1/3 of the lower lash line will wake your eye right up too!

2. If you’re the girl who normally wears black or brown eyeliner:

Try a navy blue liner instead.


When you run a little navy blue under the lower lashes (and blend it) it will make bloodshot tired eyes look brighter

3. If you’re the girl who prefers vivid eye shadow colors:

Try lavender eyeshadow.

Lavender is the most universally iris-brightening shade.

Avoid purples with a very deep blue base, stay lighter and fresher instead.