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How To Pull Off Any Bold Lip This Spring!

Happy weekend everyone!

Spring is finally here, (well, kinda lol) and this season is all about experimenting with the new, unusual and fresh colours in lipsticks, eyeshadows and even blushes!

I decided to dedicate this post to a question I’d been receiving a lot lately: How do you pull off a bold lip?

Simple right? well, although it may seem as easy as it sounds, a lot of the times I’d have people telling me they don’t wear bold lips, not because they don’t like them, but they feel as though they call pull it off. For a very long time, I felt like I couldn’t wear a bold lip – and believe me, it took some time for me to fully embrace wearing a bold colour whilst still feeling like myself.

Here are a few tips that I found over-time, helped me gain the confidence to pull off any lip colour without hesitation!

  • Prep the Lips

Its always best to have a fresh, clean canvas by gently exfoliating the skin before any makeup/lip application. This will ensure that whatever lip colour you wear, your lips are well prepped prior to lipstick!

  •  Start With Traditional Lipsticks!

I know, I know, its so old school nowadays but trust me when I say that you can never go wrong with a traditional tube of lipstick especially when trying out a new bold colour. With tube lipsticks, you actually have more control over not only how you want to apply it but how much of the product you’d like to start off with first – the simpler, the better and with tube lipsticks, you can go all out in experimenting and collect until you find that classic bold lip colour that you love.

  • Finesse the Lip Application

There are a number of different ways to applying lipstick, but whilst we’re on the topic of traditional lipsticks (and because I did use a lipstick in this editorial) I’d say that the best way to apply a lipstick is… from the tube ^-^ yup, no need for four different shades of lipliners, no overlining (unless that’s like, your thing then you go girl, that’s completely fine!), no complications – just you, your lipstick and your concentration is all you need with this technique!

Using the sharp end of your lipstick as a liner first, apply it around the perimeter of the mouth as if you’re using a lip pencil. The reason why this method is almost better than applying a darker lip-pencil first is that by applying the lipstick, this way keeps the application neat and true-to-colour! Apply another line layer right on top of the natural shape of your lips – once that shape is made, slowly fill them in and voilá! It could also help if you invest in a good quality lipstick for the sake of pigment and comfortability – there are loads to choose from but I personally like Makeup Forever’s lipsticks and Tanya Burr’s Lipstick range (gorgeous packaging too!)

  • The Clean Cut Finish 

Now, in no way is this even a lipstick secret although I do sometimes feel like this step is overlooked, and that is to use the smallest flat, synthetic eyeshadow brush you own with a tiny bit of your foundation and use the duo to clean up the sides/edges of your lips as a reverse lip liner. I’m not over exaggerating when I say that this changed my life once I figured out how to use this technique for my lips. This is what creates that nice, clean, sophisticated and sharp finish to all of my lip colours including natural/nude lipsticks!

  • Own IT

I know that I sometimes find myself over-analyzing and spending too much time trying to perfect my lipstick of which there isn’t anything wrong with checking, but all in all its about how YOU approach your look before anyone else. Please do not let anyone make you feel like you can’t wear any lip shade, as I am here to tell you that you can pull off ANY lip colour/makeup look for that matter! Makeup is art, its fun! And if you’re enjoying your bubblegum pink lip moment, you’ve just gracefully pulled off a lip colour some would never dare to wear! And that’s the secret 😉

PRODUCTS USED:

FOUNDATION – Loreal True Match Super Blendable in 8N Cappucino

CONCEALER – MAC Select Cover-Up concealer

POWDER – Loreal True Match Super Blendable Powder (underneath the eyes, to brighten)

BRONZER/BLUSH – Sleek Bronze Block in Dark

HIGHLIGHT – Any cream highlighter will do, mine is, unfortunately, unbranded but I like to use a fluffy blush brush to apply the product to the tops of my cheekbones – this method does not move my foundation or concealer!

LINER – Poundland (surprisingly good! lasts ages and I’m on my second purchase)

MASCARA – Poundland (I’m not joking when I say that this product actually lengthens my lashes!)

LIP – Makeup Forever Rouge Artist Intense in 36 (no lip liner used! ^-^)

Hope this post gives you some tips/inspo on rocking a bold lip this spring! I’d love to know your comments/thoughts on this look!

This makeup look is actually inspired by CHANEL’s Spring-Summer 2018 Pré-Collection promo shoot featuring Camille Hurel 

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Thank you all so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

Autumn’s Go-To Makeup Look

I wanted something easy to re-create without any fuss or a ton of products. I really wanted a light approach to the makeup on the eyes and skin, focusing on light shadow and enhancing my natural features. It’s no secret that I have a thing for pink eyeshadow because it is a colour that can really elevate eyes, nothing too prominent but softly applied making such a difference.

This is a simple look that anyone can re-create, a light glam suitable for occasions, going out or anytime you feel comfortable to wear it really.

Products Used:

EYES:

I actually used an iridescent pink mineral blush as eyeshadow from M&S (Discontinued) there are many different alternatives to this shade, similar here*.

LINER – “Panther” eyeshadow from the TooFaced Cat Eyes Palette*

MASCARA – E.L.F Cosmetics Lengthening Mascara* 

SKIN:

FOUNDATION – L’Oréal True Match Foundation in 8N “Cappuccino”*

CONCEALER – L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer in “Fawn”*

CREAM CONTOUR/ BRONZER – Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick in “Chestnut”*

POWDER – L’Oréal Pressed Powder in “8W”* (Only underneath my eyes and centre of my face)

BLUSHER – Mary Kay Cosmetics Cheek Color in “Cherry Blossom”*

HIGHLIGHTER – E.L.F Cosmetics in “Blush Gems”*

LIPS:

MAC Lipliner in “Chestnut”*

Covergirl Trushine Lipcolor in “Blushberry Shine” (discontinued) any hydrating lipstick or tinted lip-balm works well.

I applied MAC Select Cover Up Concealer in “NW45″* on the centre of my lips to give a nude lip look.

Makeup should be fun, an outlet for people to experiment, get creative with colours, different shadows or even to give illusions. It used to be (and still is now) a therapeutic hobby for me because I can express what I’m feeling on my face pretty much. I personally prefer small kits of multi tasking products with maximum impact rather than large quantities of makeup with only one purpose like huge palettes. Even though I always like to encourage natural beauty and simple ways to enhance natural features, everyone should be able to wear whatever they want however they want as there’s something so captivating about one’s individuality than everyone looking the same.

Thank you so much for stopping by The Belper!

Lots of love,

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MAKEUP LOOK: The Natural Glow

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Lately, I’ve been sporting a more ‘natural’ look in preparation for summer just to enhance my facial features without full coverage makeup a touch of illuminator on the highest points of my cheeks and I’m good to go! I think during spring/summer months it’s always lovely to have a more light-weight feel to your makeup on the skin.

There are plenty of different no-makeup makeup styles, it’s really up to personal preference and how you want to customise your look to fit your look. It’s just about knowing what works best for you.

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Here’s a product listing of what I use to achieve my version of the natural, radiant look.

SKIN:

for primer, I normally add a good layer of moisturiser, however, if I want a more boost of radiance to my skin I’ll mix in an illuminator.

I start with L.A. Girl’s Pro Concealer in the colour correcting shade to even out my skin tone. this makes the coverage process quicker as opposed to adding layers of foundation.

For coverage, I like to pinpoint my foundation on areas of my face that I feel needs a bit of it, using Stila’s Stay all day foundation.

for brightening under my eyes I dotted L.A. Girl’s HD Pro Concealer and buffed it upwards to give a seamless finish.

I set where needed with MAC’s MSF to help keep the glow throughout my skin. I do, sometimes add a highlight and contour powder to give back some dimension, though I recommend a hydrating facial spray to get rid of any powder residue.

lastly, on the skin, I highlighted with a cream illuminator. Any cream eyeshadow also works well, for more details on how I use a cream highlighter on my face makeup see my previous blog post.

EYES:

this step is very optional, but I like to add a liner to my eyes without winging them out to give the appearance of bigger eyes.

I then add coats of mascara to lift my eyelashes.

LIPS:

This may sound out of the norm, but I like to place a little bit of L.A. Girl’s Colour Corrector on the centre of my lips, cheeks and nose for an ‘awake’ appearance. I love this product since it is orange and pink would be more forward on my skin, plus it is intended to even out dark so it naturally evens out my cheeks whilst adding colour.

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Hope this gives a bit of inspiration to your glow-on-the-go looks this summer!

Lots of love,

Stacy.

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