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How to: Emily Blunt’s Winged Eye and Fuchsia Lip
Fri, 20 April 2012 11:23AM
It’s no secret that Emily Blunt is hard and fast becoming one of our celebrity beauty crushes. Here she is on the red carpet yesterday for the premiere of The Five-Year Engagement. We’re loving her sleek, extreme-side part ‘do, English-Rose complexion and a slick of black winged eyeliner. The pièce de résistance? Her standout fuchsia lip.
What a show-stopper. Don’t you love the contrast between the pop of bright pink and the emerald tones on her dress and jewels?
Here’s why it works:
The Extreme Side Part: Side parts made an appearance in a big way on the A/W ’12 runways at the likes of Dior and Nina Ricci and it’s a wearable frame for the majority of face shapes. Emily’s part begins towards the end of her left eyebrow; her hair has then been slicked over and pinned behind her right ear. How to copy? Wash hair and, depending on which side your natural part falls, use a pointy-ended comb like Lady Jayne’s Tail Comb, $3.99, 1800 651 146, to create a straight, sharp part, before separating hair over to each side. Blow-dry using a large bristle brush, always pointing the nozzle downwards to keep cuticles flat and smooth any flyaways. Twist it all into a sleek bun or pony then, to keep everything in place, spritz with Goldwell Lacquer Super Firm Hair Lacquer, from $8.15, 1800 506 060.
The Crystal-Clear Complexion: So as not to detract from her fuchsia lipstick, Emily opted for a flawless foundation finish, with just a hint of pink blush swirled on the apples of her cheeks. For a similar base, try Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra 24H Foundation, $68, Adore Beauty. Follow with concealer where needed and, for a dash of luminosity, dab the cult classic Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, $55, from department stores, onto any dark or dull spots. As for the blush, try Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge in Rose, $42, Bobbi Brown.
The Thick Winged Eyeliner: It’s like the booster bra of makeup: instant va-voom. There are countless methods and tools for liquid liner application, but I love Revlon’s ColorStay Liquid Eyeliner, $25.95, from pharmacies – it has a soft, fine tip for getting close to your lash line, so it’s super-easy to wield, and also to build upon for a thicker line. To recreate Emily’s slick wing, begin by drawing a thin line along your upper eyelid, staying as close to the lash line as possible. Work your way from the inner ‘V’ to the outer edge, then flick it out on either end.
The Hot Pink Pout: Emily’s fuchsia lip is the focal point of her makeup look, the bright colour providing a stark contrast against her pale complexion. For a similar colour, try the highly-pigmented Illamasqua Lipstick in Eurydice, approx $25.14, available exclusively via ASOS for the month of April. It’s bright, but beautiful. Trust me. Here it is:
Because this look is really all about the lip, spend time applying it well. Smooth your pout first (I just use a baby toothbrush to work away any dead skin, then slick on a little balm), and line and colour in with a pencil in either a neutral shade, or one close to your lipstick hue. Now for said lippie … Use a brush to paint it on twice, tissue-blotting in between. That should do it, but if you want a little something-extra, dab some more Touche Eclat along the cupid’s bow, and even a smidgeon of golden shimmer in the middle of your mouth to really make things pop.
Posted by: Hayley Bennett