Amp it Up!

So, in my last post, I wanted to just talk basics. Now, let's talk about how to amp that look up and make it a bit spicier. These two steps are SO fast and easy, I bet anyone can do them. 

 

TIGHT LINING! This is a fool-proof eyeliner technique. Once mastered, it takes seconds. 

 

DIY: Do this look yourself simply by taking your black pencil UNDERNEATH the lashes, so the tip of the pencil hits the upper waterline of the lid.

Only slightly cross-eyed, but you can see where your pencil should go!

Only slightly cross-eyed, but you can see where your pencil should go!

Glide the pencil along the waterline (which is the slimy bit of lid between the lashes and your actual eyeball). This will create the illusion of fuller, thicker lashes without a thick, dramatic line.

*I like to use Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Perversion. 

 

The second easiest way to amp up our basic every day look, is a fun lip color.

Whenever applying a lip color- whether it is light, dark, bright, or anywhere in between- you must moisturize before hand. I love the African Red Tea Exfoliating Lip Salvation by Ole Henriksen. This stuff is awesome because it will get rid of any dead, dry skin cells, without having to rinse it off! Your lips will soak it up and any lip color will go on smoother.

Even on its own, this will give a nice pink hue to the lips.

Even on its own, this will give a nice pink hue to the lips.

Now onto the color! I'm obsessed with both the Velvet Matte and the Satin Lip Pencils from Nars. These are great because they are essentially a two-in-one product. No lip liner is needed, but you will still get a nice crisp line with these. 

**I love the color Red Square. There are SO many great colors to choose from in either the Velvet Matte or Satin Lip Pencils.

DIY: Begin by lining your cupid's bow (the middle part of the upper lip) and your bottom lip. You should start with something like this:

Still maybe a little cross eyed? But look at how full my lashes look! The tight-lining worked!

Still maybe a little cross eyed? But look at how full my lashes look! The tight-lining worked!

Then, open, and start from the outer corners, and work your way into the center. After the lips are fully lined, color in the rest! It's so easy, it's like coloring in the lines. 

The perfect red orange. This color is versatile all year long!

The perfect red orange. This color is versatile all year long!

 

The finished product: Adding the liner using the tight-lining method with the bold lip is a perfect balance for day-time or night-time. Ta'da! Check out the final look below. Also, if you missed my last post, be sure to follow the steps listed in "A Day in the Life" before finishing with a liner and lip.

Till next time,

xo 

Des