Let’s Talk About How Gorgeous Olivia Wilde Looks

September 5, 2013 at 8:00 am , by

Could Olivia Wilde be any more stunning? The actress flaunted a matte red pout, ombre waves, and subtle shimmery eyes—all big trends this season—at the London premiere of Rush. Her glam hair and makeup combo is a foolproof way to transition from summer to fall. Learn how to recreate the look below.

The key to making red lipstick work is to keep the rest of your makeup simple. Forgot about heavy eye makeup or intense blush and stick to a little concealer and foundation. Be sure to pick out the right lipstick for your skin tone. Women with fair skin should do a coral red while medium skin tones can go for a true red or pinkish red. If you have dark skin, try a burgundy shade. Test out the color on your lips, not your hand. (Tip: Head to a makeup counter or Sephora to try the color before you buy it.)

To get a red lip with staying power, line and fill in your lips with a lip liner that matches your natural lip color. Use a small lip brush to apply the lipstick. Blot your lips with a tissue. Then dust them with translucent powder to help set the color and make it last. Apply one more coat of lipstick to intensify the color. Press your lips together to complete your totally irresistible (and kissable!) look.

Need more help? Watch our step-by-step lipstick tutorial here.

How to Wear the Trend: Dark Lipstick

October 8, 2012 at 4:48 pm , by

A year ago we did a “How to Wear It: Dark Lipstick” post. Maybe we’re having deja vu because the deep berry trend is back this fall. It is the perfect shade for autumn after all, right?

Target beauty design partner and celeb makeup artist Napoleon Perdis took a break from prepping for his LA LIVE pop-up makeup station (stop by the Nokia Plaza on Wednesday Oct. 10th if you’re in the LA area) to weigh in on the trend and share a few tips for getting the dark lip look right:
How would you describe this latest version deep dark lips. Is it vampy?

The deep lip trend that we are seeing now is not vampy and not quite a classic red, it is more of a mood-driven, sophisticated deep berry pout.

Who can realistically pull off this looks?

Anyone can pull off a dark lip look, it just has to be the right shade and the right depth.

Does skin tone matter?

Skin tone plays a big role in how your dark lip look will read, or what mood it might create for your overall look. Aim for a dark lip that is not too dramatic a contrast to your skin tone. Anything that contrasts too much will lend itself to a washed out skin look and this can start to look a little goth. You still want to balance your dark lip with warm, soft skin textures.

Does the shade of berry matter?

Yes. Fairer skin tones look great in shades of wine and burgundy, medium skin tones are sophisticated in deep scarlet and cranberry, and deeper skin tones look amazing in shades of mulberry and blackberry.

Do dark lips make you look older?

They can do that if you work the wrong color and texture. To keep it looking fresh, modern, and flattering, go for textures that are more of a velvet feel in a semi matte finish, and steer clear of deeper shades that can be too brown based – you want to keep the warmth of a berry undertone to soften the lip look and not have it look harsh.

How should you prep your lips before wearing a dark shade?

I say line lips first, and last, when working with dark shades. By lining the lips first, you establish the boundaries of lip before you saturate your lips in intense color, but you also finish the lip with the ability to perfect the lip shape further and keep the color in place with the texture of your lip pencil as a barrier to ensure it stays put. Dark colors can make the lips appear smaller as it absorbs light not reflects it, so for those women that want to wear the trend but maintain beautiful pouty lips, pop a dab of gloss on the center of the bottom lip to reflect the light and give the appearance of a fuller lip. Additional tip: Before you start a deep lip, always conceal your lip line first to even out any uneven natural lip pigment, ensuring you will always get the cleanest lip look possible.

Are bright shades still acceptable to wear into the fall and winter? If so, how?

Of course, I say adding lipstick is an instant image adjustment so be driven by your mood, or wear a bright color as a quick pick me up.

Finding Your Perfect Red Lipstick

January 12, 2011 at 9:00 am , by

Think that bold red lipstick is too daring? Today’s guest blog is from Karla Sugar who solves the mystery of the right red by showing how different intensities and textures affect color by swatching a few lipsticks on herself. Check out more fun makeup swatching that she’s done at

Venturing into the world of red lipstick can be daunting. There are so many options. How do you find the shade that’s right for you?

Don’t feel overwhelmed. You can find a lipstick you love by answering a few easy questions.

First: do you look better in gold necklaces or silver? If you look better in gold, try a warm red lipstick. Warm reds have peach, orange, or coral tones, and are complimentary to certain skintones.

MAC Brave Red, $14.50. Smashbox Legendary, $22. NYX Eros, $4. Bobbi Brown Vintage Red, $22. Dior 999 Ara Red, $30. Estee Lauder Spanish Red, $21.

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