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7 makeup looks in 7 days: Leighton Meester’s Pink Lipstick and unusual placement of eye liner
Tue, 6 September 2011 4:43PM
Sadly Primpettes, today marks the end of my seven day makeup challenge. I’ve had a blast of a week and I hope you’ve been inspired to step out of your comfort zone and try something new along the way because if there’s one thing I’ve learned from this task, it’s that a little bit of lippie can get you a long way in life.
I didn’t know it at the time, but before starting this challenge, I was clearly stuck in a makeup rut. Especially when it came to office makeup. Now, I’ve got a handful of lippies that I plan on keeping on rotation and I’m making an effort to wear a different shade of lippie at least once a week. It not only leaves me feeling more polished and sophistocated, but it’s an easy-as way to inject a little fun and personality into work attire, without feeling too over the top.
I also learned that above all, there are no rules when it comes to wearing lipstick. If you love the colour, and it makes you happy, that’s all that matters.
The Inspiration: So, for my last trick, I decided to shadow Leighton Meester with her wash of grey shadow liner and summer-ready pop of pink lipstick on the pucker.
Pink is practically a neutral: Unlike a wine or plum shade, the beauty of a pink lipstick is that when it comes to the rest of your makeup, the options are endless. You can keep it simple with a slick of black liner, or go to town with colour on the eyes, wearing a jewel-toned liner or a wash of metallic eye shadow like Teresa Palmer.
It’s brilliantly buildable: If you’re new to lipstick, try wearing it as a tint until you feel ready to amp up the colour. Regardless of whether you’re wearing lipstick as a tint or not, always start by blotting out your lips first with concelaer before applying the colour. In case you missed the six other posts on why you need to prep with concealer, you can read all about it over here, and here, and here.
A little bit of gloss goes a long way: If you’re a low maintenance kind of girl, I suggest you make the switch to a shine-packed lipstick that’s just as big on gloss as it is colour. The beauty of a glossy finish is that unlike a matt formula, it won’t leave your lips looking dry, it requires less touch-ups and it has a knack for playing up the light to make your lips appear fuller. I used Estee Lauder Pure Colour in Alluring Pink, $45.
For the eyes, I dusted a hint of bronzer across the eyelids, up to the brow bone, before smudging a soft grey shadow along the lash line and finishing with a few coats of mascara. To play up the eyes, try blending a liquid illuminisor along the top of the cheekbones and stick with a cheek creme, instead of blush powder for a dewy look.
Tell me Primpettes,
Do you love LM’s look?
Are you a fan of pink lipstick?
Do you prefer to keep your eyes simple when rocking a colour on the lips?
Posted by: Eliza Ashe