Valentine’s Day Lip Love

Day Lip Love

Day – the official holiday of smooching – is nearly here, so it’s time to think
about your luscious lip plan.

Today I am giving you 3 date night lip options combined with a little color theory class, breaking
down some color options for those of you with a cool complexion and those of
you with warm undertones.

Read on and
pucker up!

Valentine’s lip number one is for those of you who don’t want
to do a big lip, but feel like more than just chapstick. Try using a lipliner
to shape your kisser, and top it off with a colored lip gloss. In these images we’ve left the liner where you can see it, but in real life blend through it with your lip brush and make it invisible.


Icy and pink
glosses look fabulous on girls with a cool toned complexion, while soft peachy
tones are beautiful on a warm toned girl.


Valentine’s lip number two is all about your pink game. Moving into a full lipstick our warm undertone gets a lovely coral based pink
which compliments the olives and golds in her skin.


Our cool undertone model
got a blue based pink, breathing magic into her complexion and making her teeth
look super white.


Valentine’s lip number three is a feisty bold red lip – the
ultimate Valentine’s lip! Girls with a cool toned complexion look amazing in a
blue based red, 


while warm toned girls are best in a true red or an orange
based red. (pictured here in a true red).


The lip models in this story were actually 2 of my makeup assistants! Whitney is our cool toned girl, and Therese is my warm complected model. 

Here are a couple of bts shots.

Therese in the makeup room getting a soft, glossy lip

Whitney on set getting a muted red lip

This story was originally written for Phoenix Bride and Groom Magazine.
Check it out here:

Photography by Jessica Savidge


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 (

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Beauty Tip Of The Week ~ Temptu Color True Lipstick

Are your lips ready for Valentine’s Day?

I have a series of posts coming up this week about perfecting your Valentine’s lip game, and I’m starting it off with a beauty tip of the week, and that is to try the new Temptu Professional True Color Lipsticks.
I’m obsessed.

These lipsticks balance intense color with a lightweight finish. The color payoff is just fabulous! They are a demi-matte finish and give you long lasting continuous color. 

There are 8 bold, glorious shades to choose from, and there is just enough time to order them for Valentine’s Date night.

Pucker up!