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The Vamp: Smoky Eyes and Dark Lips (plus suggested drugstore alternatives to high-end products used!)

The Makeup Police like to say “Don’t Pair Strong Eyes with Strong Lips”. Well, it’s true that doing it wrong can make you look quite tacky or worse, tarty. But that’s not to say ALL strong-eye-strong-lip combos don’t work.

One trick for getting it to work is to stick with darker, more neutral tones. So instead of a bronze brown, use a dark sooty brown. Instead of scarlet lips, go with a dark plummy-red. Instead of bright blush, use bronzer/contour and just a touch of very soft pink to liven up the face. This creates an almost sepia, film noir effect. 

But just to keep you from looking overly goth (unless that’s your intention), avoid too much matte powder, and keep the skin texture radiant with a dusting of champagne colored highlighter around the outer edges of the face, including cheekbones and brow bones.

Products:

(Do note you should use whatever base, concealer, powder, brow and lash product you own and are comfortable with! I’m offering cheap alternatives only for color products.)

Foundation: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum 52

Concealer: The Body Shop Concealer Pencil 02

Powder: Clearlast Powder in Medicated Ochre

Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 Pencil in Grey

Guerlain Ombre Eclat 187 L’instant D’une Soupir (alternative: dark brown shade in Wet n Wild Knock On Wood Trio or Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Dark Chocolate)

Liner: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Black Ink 1 (alternative: Maybelline’s Gel Liner or Master Drama Pencil would work just fine, as will Milani Liquif’eye in Black)

Mascara: Bobbi Brown Extreme Party Mascara (Maybelline Great Lash)

Contour: Chanel Bronzer Universal (try The Body Shop Matte Bronzer Compact in any shade that is appropriate for your skintone, or any existing contouring powder you like)

Champagne Highlighter (cheeks & center of lids): Addiction Cheek Powder in Brilliant Princess (alternative: my top pick would be Wet n Wild Rose Champagne Gold because it’s got a bit of flattering warmth to the golden-champagne tones but it’s only available in the US, so if you reside elsewhere, any shimmery golden-beige highlighter you have will do!)

Soft pink blush: MAC Well Dressed (alternative: NYX Angel blush)

Dark red lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in La Desiree (alternatives: I couldn’t find a 100% dupe, so here are a few depending on your preference. Revlon Super Lustrous Black Cherry is slightly deeper, Maybelline Color Sensational Red Revival is a more intense red, L’oreal Color Riche Intense Plum is probably the closest)

Note on contouring/highlight/blush: I like to apply contour first, then highlight, and go in with blush last, because that last step helps blend out and soften the highlighter so you don’t look TOO shiny.

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Holiday Look #12: Charcoal and Pink (88 Shimmer Palette and MAC Pink Nouveau)

A soft charcoal eye with soft pink lips. Unlike the Pink Nouveau look a while back, the lipstick is applied very lightly, and concentrated in the center of the lips, for a slight ombre effect. 

If you like bright pink but find it a bit scary on you, try wearing it this way with a nude pencil instead!

Products:

Base: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation 52

Concealer: MAC Studiofinish Concealer NW20

Powder: none used for this look

Blush: Laniege Pure Radiant Blush #3

Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 Pencil in Grey

Grey cream shadow: Diorshow Fusion Mono in Aventure

Powder shadows: All from 88 Shimmer palette (Coastalscents.com); dark charcoal shade used in step 2 is the darkest shade at the bottom right of the palette.

Black liner: Maybelline Master Drama in Midnight Drama

Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash mascara

Lipliner: Givenchy lip pencil #3

Lipstick: MAC Pink Nouveau

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Neonite: Lacquered Electric Pink Lips and Teal Liner

Not for the faint of heart! (I promise more neutral looks are coming up soon LOL.)

This is a look that combines neutrals with “pop” colors like teal and electric pink, so it’s loud, but it’s not entirely insane. Yet.

Tip:

To rein it in a bit, all you need to do is to replace the shimmery green with a gold shadow, and the teal liner with a brown or black.

Products: 

Base: Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation 52

Concealer: Mac Studiofinish Concealer NW20

Powder: Bourjois Poudre de Riz de Java 

Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 in Seal Brown + Canmake Coloring Brow Mascara 01

Matte latte/skin-colored eyeshadow: Bobbi Brown Woodrose

Golden Green eyeshadow: Addiction Silent Scream eyeshadow

Teal Gel Liner: Laura Mercier Cream Liner in Canard

Black Gel Liner: Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner in Black Ink

Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash

Contour: Bobbi Brown Telluride Illuminating Bronzing Powder

Blush: Nars Gaiety

Electric Pink Lipstick: VDL Festival Lipstick in 102 Robert

Rose gloss: YSL Gloss Volupté in 206 Fuchsia Oran

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Soft Mint Lids (Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Eyes in DR3 Vert Mystere)

This is a defined, but still soft eye, done using one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes in the world, Lancome’s Vert Mystere, which is a collection of soft neutrals and 2 gorgeous jade-greens.

(It’s named after tea, but the green leans slightly cool, and looks more like jade.)

For those of you who aren’t ready to go for strong, bright colors but are tempted to step beyond neutrals, check out this palette or this group of colors. 

Products used:

Base: Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation 52

Concealer: Addiction Perfect Concealer No 1

Powder: (I wanted a bit of sheen so didn’t use any for this look. If you’re going to be out and about in warm weather, set with translucent powder!)

Cheeks: Shu Uemura Bijoux collection Silk Cushion Cheek Blusher in Rose Quartz

Brows: Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 Pencil in Seal Brown

Eyeshadows: Lancôme Hypnôse Drama Eyes DR3 Vert Mystere

Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash in Blackest Black

Lipstick: Shu Uemura Bijoux collection lipstick in Opal Pink