Having nice makeup and hair helps me feel ready to start my day, get out of the house and do something. I’m not saying I wouldn’t be seen dead without it and do have minimal makeup and even make up free days but I always feel good when I wear a red or bright lip during the day and those that know me would say it’s rare that you would catch me at an event or party without a full-on red pout.
This particular red is Guerlain Rouge G de Guerlain L’Extrait Lipgloss (why are the french ones always such a mouthful!) for me it’s pretty much ultimate packaging porn and has the nicest, poshest silver casing I think I’ve ever seen it even comes with a mirror, bonus! It is a gloss, but it’s a semi-matte velvet finish which I personally feel is easier to carry off than full-on gloss. I teamed it with a quick simple neutral eye and black liquid liner with a very slight flick at the corners. This look took me less than 10 minutes and I piled my hair up into a bun.
Wearing red or bright lippy is all about having the confidence to carry it off. So throw caution to the wind and slap it on ladies! I promise you, your complexion will look brighter, your teeth will look whiter and you’ll get a strong but wearable look with minimum effort.
I am a self-confessed makeup and skincare junkie and I like to change things up by adding new products to my arsenal especially at this time of year when the weather changes. A personal care kit can help me look red carpet ready. A lot of products and brands I’ve stayed faithful to for years but every now and then I like to treat myself and it gives me immense happiness researching, choosing and trying out new products. I also try and go for a facial once a month or so. This gives me time to relax, think and destress and for a professional to have a look at my skin and recommend products to try.
High on my list of hero brands are Dermalogica not only are their products amazing to use they are experts in prescriptive facials and the girls really know their stuff. There are lots of products to choose from and one of the best places I’ve found to buy products from online is Pure Beauty an official stockist of the brand so you know you’re getting 100% genuine products at an excellent price point. My favourite products from Dermalogica are:
- Pre cleanse-this does exactly what it says and completely removes all your makeup ready for your next step cleanser which could be a lovely balm for facial massage.
- Multi-Active Toner- this contains a refreshing blend of skin-repairing Aloe and soothing Lavender, Balm Mint and Arnica that when sprayed on will add hydration after you’ve cleansed. This is a beautiful face spray, I really rate sprays and find them much better to use than a regular toner on cotton wool.
- Active Moist-is a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser that absorbs into the skin without a trace and creates an invisible barrier preventing moisture loss. This is ideal for someone like me with normal to oily skin, I can’t really handle a heavy duty moisturiser and like mine to sink in immediately especially in the morning before makeup application.
Nars tinted moisturiser in ‘Alaska’
Nars radiant concealer in ‘Chantilly’
Chanel bronze universel
Urban Decay naked 2 palette (I used ‘foxy’ all over lid and ‘tease’ in the crease)
Clinique gel eye liner in ‘black’
YSL babydoll mascara in ’01 black’
Guerlain gloss in ‘Luxure’
I’d love to hear about your favourite makeup and skincare products. Do you like to wear red lipstick and have you any skincare products you just can’t live without? Tell me about them in the comments.