Recently I’ve fallen in love with this Australian brand: Lipstick Queen. I purchased one of their best products by far which is Frog Prince lipstick and blush. First of all I have to mention the packaging of the box that is like the cover of a story book full of amazing drawings such as a medieval castle.
The funny part comes when you open the box and you see a green emerald lipstick and blush. Like a fairytale, the green transforms into a nice glossy pink as soon as it touches your lips and skin. Depending on your skin PH it can vary in color from pomegranate to rose.
It is very hydrating, enriched with Vitamin E and Shea butter, which keeps lips moisturized and soft, with a subtle juicy effect. The blush is also special, it comes with a little mirror. I recommend to apply a little amount first as the color can be strong on your skin depending on its reaction with the formula.
To me that’s a perfect combination for an everyday look, when you are in a rush and you need to look nice and healthy. You can also be sure that the shade will suit you as it is different in each skin, so is a unique formula for everybody. I would totally recommend it!
I’ve based today’s look on winter colors: silver eyeshadows and wine matte lipstick. This is a great combination for dark cool undertones like mine which also match perfectly with silver jewellery and gray tops.
Knowing your skin tone and what colors suit best, for both clothes and makeup, can make a difference to your entire look. To get it I’ve been faithful to Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay, its Pistol and Verve cool tones. Verve is an amazing pearl shade with shinny finish and highly pigmented. Pistol is a brownish gray tone with also a shimmer finish, one of my favorites for an evening look or a special occasion.
I think silver tones provide a beautiful contrast to warm brown eyes, and fit very well with wine or plum lipsticks. Here I leave some swatches so that you can get the idea.
For this look I’ve used the following products:
–Bareminerals Matte foundation in Medium tan.
–Kat von D concealer in Cool.
–Bareminerals powder concealer in Summer Bisque.
–Laura Mercier loose setting powder to set the concealer and foundation.
–Kat von D Shade and Light contouring palette.
–Urban Decay Naked 2 palette Pistol and Verve tones.
I’ve always been a big fan of simplicity and naturality when it comes to makeup and this is something that I learned years ago from my guru: Bobbi Brown. Some days ago I heard she is leaving her makeup brand by the end of 2016.
She is a professional makeup artist who became well known for her natural approach in contrast with the bright colors used during 80’s and 90’s. She was an example of an enterpreneur woman: released her own brand together with a chemist and was successful.
I can remember the first time I went to her makeup store: I was seventeen and had some clues on makeup, but wanted to learn more of this amazing world full of possibilities. That was when I found out that her lipsticks and foundations would be part of my whole life. She has used real women as models since she started her career, something that caught my attention from the very beginning, as she was showing the inner beauty and strong points of each women: this is the aim of makeup.
Here is a list of my favoriteproducts:
-Stick foundation and compact foundation: I love their natural coverage and texture. They hide imperfections without looking heavy on my face and last the whole day.
-All her lipsticks: really creamy and smooth.
–Blushes: their texture is smooth and blend perfectly. They are really pigmented and last all day and night.
–Shimmer Brick: I’ve loved it for years! I apply it on top of my cheekbones to give a nice glow.
–Eyeshadow in Charcoal and eyeliner brush: I mix it with some water and create my own eyeliner with a natural twist for every day.
-Long-wear gel eyeliner: highly pigmented and waterproof.
–Corrector and concealers: creamy and moisted. With different neutral shades and perfect coverage.
For this season we have many options: from nude to glittery, depending if we want to get a natural look for casual days or more intense for special nights out. I love matching eyeshadows and lips with nail polishes, so I choose a similar colour.
BURGUNDY AND PLUM
Get inspiration in grape and wine colours! to me the sexiest together with red lips. I prefer to leave the rest of the face fresh and natural, just with the mascara and a blush which fits the lipstick tone.
BACK TO CLASSICS: RED AND GOLD
I love the classical Chanel look with golden eyeshadow and red matte rouge for special ocasions. These festive days are a great chance to try these colours, but I always prefer them with a natural twist.
SMOKEY AND GOTHIC
The key with gothic look and smokey eyes is pointing out the eyes and use a nude lipstick. Smokey eyeshadows can be more natural in grey or brown shades during daytime and blacker at night. Here are some ideas and steps for your looks:
I love autumn colours and all its shades: bronze, beige, brown… I always use my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, it’s got great pigmentation and it is easy to blend.