I’m not one to shy away from a bold lip and, thankfully, make-up pro Liz Castellanos indulged me when I was filling in at E! News Now this week. Ever a student of beauty, I took note of how she built up a bold, beautiful pout.
Fill it in. Granted your lips are properly moisturized and flake-free, put down the lip liner and pick up a chubby lipstick pencil. Liz knew that I am super-cray for NARS’s Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Sex Machine (which she’s used on me before) and colored in my entire mouth with it.
Mix it up. With the wrong end of a lip brush, Liz then scooped out a little bit each of N34 Natural and 37 Intense (last two from the left, below) from a Make Up Forever palette onto the back of her hand, blended, and expertly applied over Sex Machine.
Voila! With a small lip brush, build up color a little bit at a time to create a perfectly bright pucker, making sure you create an outline of lips as you would with lip liner. I noticed that she didn’t have me blot before shuffling me off to set which I guess isn’t necessary if you’ve applied justthe right amount (again, build it up gradually). In order to make sure nothing got on my teeth, I used this age-old trick. The color stayed and stayed with only a few touch-ups in-between.