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Easy Nude Lips Tutorial


CLINIQUE, HOW TO, RIMMEL | by — August 26, 2013

Easy Nude Lips Tutorial

Inspired by my last “Unconventional Nude Lips” tutorial, where I layered two different textures (in an unlikely combination) to achieve an amazing long lasting nude lip, today’s tutorial explores the combination of two very simple but cult classic products – a lip pencil & Clinique’s Chubby Stick in “Heaping Hazelnut”.

The perfect creamy nude lip pencil is one that gives a soft natural nude finish to your lips, but on its own it can be drying as it has limited moisturising properties.  I chose Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner as it’s similar in tone to Clinique’s Chubby Stick in “Heaping Hazelnut”, which is a versatile sheer nude moisturising lip balm that’s wearable on many skin tones as the translucence works with your natural lip tone rather than mask it.

Combine the two together and you get a seemingly effortless soft, natural nude lip that feels moisturising as well.  And the best part – no lip brush required!

Easy Nude Lips Tutorial

  1. Prepare lips with a moisturising lip balm.  I used Molton Brown Pep-Rich Lip Booster which moisturises, plumps and protects.
  2. Define lips with a nude lip pencil, such as Rimmel Exaggerate full Colour Lip Liner “Natural”.  Stay close to your lip line if you have well defined lips, or cheat a little until you get your desired volume / symmetry.
  3. Use soft, gentle strokes to fill in your entire lips with the lip liner.  Go easy to avoid a cakey finish.
  4. The moisturising properties of the lip balm will soften the dryness of the lip pencil.  The opacity of the lip pencil should only just cover your natural lip tone.
  5. Slather on Clinique Chubby Stick in “Heaping Hazelnut” until your lips feel adequately moisturized.
  6. The result – a soft, natural nude lip with no streaky dry patches.

Hope you liked it!

What’s your secret to achieving a flawless nude lip?

Sweet & Juicy Pink Lips Tutorial



Sweet Plump Pout

Nothing says more feminine than a sweet pink lip.  The perfect sweet pink in my books is a rosy pink with a bit of warmth that blends seamlessly with your lip & skin tone.  Whilst it can be a challenge to find the right “rose pink” lipstick shade, it’s surprisingly much easier to find it in a lip pencil, as many rose pink lip pencils are designed with a lip tone in mind.

When I posted the picture of Step 5 on our Facebook page, so many of you asked what lipstick shade this was!  It wasn’t a lipstick, but rather Bourjois Levres Contour (a lip pencil) in “Framboise”.  I bought it many months ago to add to my lip pencil collection, and it wasn’t until I came across TheBalm Plump Your Pucker in “Pink My Lemonade” that I had a lightbulb moment to pair the two together.  Usually I plan my tutorials ahead to make sure the products work well together, but this was done entirely impromptu and I’m thrilled with the results!

Sweet & Juicy Pink Lips Tutorial

  1. Prep lips with a moisturising lip balm.  I used Molton Brown Pep-Rich Lip Booster, which moisturises, volumises and protects.  Define your lips with a lip pencil in a pink shade similar to your lone.  Extend slightly beyond your natural lip line to create volume.  I used Bourjois Levres Contour Lip Pencil “Framboise”.
  2. Don’t forget to add volume to your bottom lips too! Stretch your bottom lip to make it easier to see.  Connect the sides together, extending beyond the natural bottom lip line.
  3. Fill in your lips entirely using soft gentle strokes.  The moisturising properties of the lip balm helps to soften the dryness of the lip pencil.
  4. Add a dusting of a shimmery highlighting powder to your cupids bow to make them appear more protruding.  Blend with your fingers if needed.  I used TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer.
  5. Finish off with a coat of plumping lip gloss in a natural pink shade.  I used TheBalm Plump Your Pucker “Pink My Lemonade”.
  6. The plumping ingredients and light reflecting finish (from the highlighting powder, fine gloss shimmers & high shine) will give your lips the alluring illusion of a fuller & juicier pout.

Hope you liked the tutorial!

What’s your favourite perfect pink shade?


The Great Gatsby Inspired Lip Tutorial


CHANEL, HOW TO, MAC, TOM FORD | by — June 11, 2013

Great Gatsby Tutorial

The 1920’s saw the rise of new lipstick formulas – evolving from salves to lip stains, stick form and glosses – and an obsession with achieving dainty lips with a perfectly shaped cupids bow.  Since my lips are already naturally full, it looks unrealistic to draw my lips into a smaller shape or elevate my cupids bow, so I’ve stuck to my natural lip shape with a rounded out cupids bow.  The lips seen in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby film lean towards a creamy demi-matte finish, but I added a touch of gloss to give it a glamorous lacquered finish.

I chose to do a long lasting tutorial, as many dark lipsticks often sink into my lip lines or leave a patchy finish once worn off.  Alternatively, you could also use pencil only (I’d go lighter with MAC Lip Pencil “Currant”), a liquid stain (YSL Glossy Stain “Violet Edition”) or if you don’t have issues with lip lines you could go with lipstick only (Tom Ford “Black Orchid”).

The Great Gatsby Inspired Lip Tutorial

  1. Prep moisturised lips with a lip primer to prevent the dark colours from sinking into lip lines.  I used Too Faced Lip Insurance over Molton Brown Pep-Rich Lip Booster.
  2. Fill in your entire lips with a dark wine lip pencil.  I used MAC Lip Pencil “Nightmoth”. Use a lip brush to smooth it out evenly.
  3. Apply a burgundy lipstick – creamy, pigmented & long lasting formulas work best.  I used Chanel Rouge Coco “Rivoli”.
  4. Smooth out the lipstick with a lip brush.  The brush I used in this tutorial is by Shiseido.
  5. You can stop here, or to achieve a lacquer finish, apply a thin layer of a burgundy lip gloss such as Tom Ford Ultra Shine Gloss “Naivete”.
  6. Smooth out the gloss using the lipgloss applicator & blend with your lips gently to finish off.

The finished result looks like a deep wine lip in strong lighting, but in natural lighting the MAC Nightmoth lip pencil gives it a really dark vampy finish.

Hope you liked the tutorial!

Do you prefer a matte or glossy 1920’s lip?

Unconventional Nude Lip Tutorial


HOW TO | by — January 31, 2013


Whilst killing time one day at the Shiseido beauty counter playing with their Lacquer Rouges, I couldn’t help notice the Asian Sales Assistant’s amazing pink-nude lip, which completely concealed her dark lips (so I am told). Fascinated, I asked her which Shiseido lip products she used to create & was even more surprised when she revealed the answer.

She had layered on a pink beige lipstick from the Perfect Rouge range over a nude Lacquer Rouge – a combination and sequence I had never come across or would ever dream of.

Suddenly realising I was running out of time, I purchased the exact same shades of both Perfect Rouge & Lacquer Rouge (in Australian prices too *shudder*) without even trying it on my lips, relying only the swatches on the back of my hands.  It was a big risk, but I figured it was worth it given she had a similar skin tone to mine.

You could argue that you really only need one of the two products.  The Lacquer Rouge (RD203) is a beautiful nude lip in its own right with amazing coverage, but isn’t actually that long lasting given the moist finish is prone to transfer.  The Perfect Rouge lipstick (PK307) is a beautiful pink beige but isn’t opaque enough and doesn’t provide even coverage over pigmented lips.

The two combined however, create a long lasting, high coverage and moisturising creamy pink nude lip that’s softer than a pure nude lip.  Try this combo at your Shiseido counter if you get a chance!

Unconventional Nude Lip Tutorial

1.  Layer on a moderate layer of Shiseido Lacquer Rouge (RD203).  I used a thicker layer for photography, but you only really need a moderate amount – not too thin, just enough to provide an emollient surface for the lipstick to hold onto.

2. Immediately layer on Shiseido Perfect Rouge (PK307) on top of the Lacquer Rouge for best results.  Layering it on immediately will ensure the two textures will fuse together creating a seamless finish.

3. Touch up during the day with Perfect Rouge, or start afresh after wiping down your lips after a meal.

Have you got an unconventional nude lip tip to share?

What do you think of  Shiseido Lacquer Rouge?

Oxblood Lips: 3 ways


HOW TO | by — December 22, 2012


I know other beauty editors differ in opinion with me on this, but when I think of oxblood lips, I think of cool toned burgundy instead of reds, warm toned maroons or a purply black.  It’s also more alluring than the darker gothic wine lip, which is rarely seen beyond the red carpet, editorials or runways.  I find cool toned burgundy to be most flattering of all – as it instantly brightens your complexion, whitens your teeth and channels instant glamour.

I have three oxblood lip shades for you today that do all of that, are easy to wear & suits every comfort zone.   If you prefer the other shades, for a warm toned wine lip try MAC Pro Longwear Lipcreme in ‘Extended Play’ or for a vampy lip try Chanel Rouge Coco “Rouge Noir” or NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in ‘Train Bleu’.   But promise me you’ll try a cool toned burgundy first!!

1. Guerlain Rouge G L’Extraits “Orgueil” is my favourite out of the three, because you know much I like to make a statement with a bold lip!  It oozes decadence, looks matte but is actually very soft and moisturising, and fades gracefully into a soft stain.  It comes with a hefty price tag, so you might like to make it a birthday / Christmas wish list item for others to spoil you with this luxurious liquid lipstick.

2. Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour “Rivoli” is a sheerer & more sophisticated take on the oxblood lip trend, with a lightweight moisturising texture that revives tired lips into a juicy pout.  Ideal for those who love understated glamour. It’s not as intense in pigment, but you can easily use a burgundy lip pencil to intensify the lip colour. 

3. Tom Ford Ultra Shine Lip Gloss “Naivete” is the easiest out of the three to get onboard the oxblood lip trend.  The pigmented gloss creates a high shine lacquer finish that gives lips a sensual mouth-watering look.  As with Chanel’s “Rivoli”, simply fill in lips with a burgundy lip pencil to intensify the look.

Burgundy lip pencil suggestions

  • Rimmel 1000 Kisses Stay On Lip Liner – Wine
  • MAC Lip Pencil – Currant
  • Chanel Precision Lip Liner – Amarante
  • Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Pencil – 10C

Do you think you’ll try the oxblood lip trend? Is oxblood more burgundy or vampy in your book?