Take it from the gorgeous Gabrielle Union: red lips don’t have to be loud or flashy. Her creamy brick-red pout at the New York premiere for her new show, Being Mary Jane, looked feminine and supersexy. “Red with a hint of brown is easier to wear than bright bright," says Nick Barose, the celebrity makeup artist behind the modern Jessica Rabbit look. "It’s still attention-grabbing, but not so full on that it’s a turnoff.” Here’s how to pair it with illuminated, lit-from-within skin to make your face come alive.
Step 1: Create a radiant glow by blending a shimmery tinted moisturizer, like Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint in Deep Bronze, on skin. Then apply translucent powder on your T-zones to keep oil at bay.
Step 2: Cheeks should have a just a hint of color to warm your skin without competing with your lips. Apply a wash softly on the apples of your cheeks only. Try:YSL Blush Radiance in No5.
Step 3: Keep your eyes simple by smudging black liner along the upper lash lines and winging it out at the outer edges for a feline effect. Try:Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Eye Pencil #1.
Step 4: Smudge a bronzy cream shadow, like Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eye Color in BR306 Leather, along your entire upper lids, up to the creases. Blend around the edges and add a bit along the lower lash lines.
Step 5: Add two coats of black mascara, like Lancôme Définicils, to your top lashes. Then add a third coat on the outer corners of your lashes to add shape to your eyes.
Step 6: Smudge brown lip liner pencil onto your entire lip and softly along the edges so that the line isn’t harsh and melts into your skin. Try:Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Liner in Mocha 35. Top with one coat of a creamy, slightly sheer true red lipstick, like MAC Lipstick in Russian Red. Using a sheer formula allows the brown to show through.
About the Author:Karina Giglio is a lifestyle, beauty and health writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including Women’s Health, Washingtonian, Ladies Home Journal, OK!, Allure, Fitness, Marie Claire, Bride’s and The New York Post. She was a regular contributor to makeup.com, and her articles and blog posts can be found on prevention.com, dailyglow.com, yahoo.com and huffingtonpost.com. Karina has worked onstaff at Cosmopolitan and YM, as well as being part of the original Sephora.com launch team