Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holiday Red Lip and Correcting Dark Circles


It's almost that time, everyone! I'm such a huge Christmas fanatic that with under a week to go, I can barely concentrate on anything in my life.  

Tonight while dinner was in the oven, I threw on one of Mariah Carey's Christmas albums and sung my little heart out while playing with one of my favorite holiday/winter looks...the classic red lip and a neutral eye. 


When doing a wearable red lip, you'll want to keep your eyes soft and understated. This time I used almost entirely the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette with just a touch of Makeup Geek's "Creme Brulee" as a transition shade.  This really makes my blue eyes POP!

For my lips, I first lined and filled them in with Rimmel lip liner in Red Diva which has a slight pink tint to it. Then for the main event, I used my FAVORITE red lipstick, Milani's Best Red. This shade makes my teeth look really white as well, which I LOVE, especially considering all the coffee I've been drinking lately.

I also want to show you guys the progression of this look from naked face to finish. Basically I want to do this to show you how serious my dark circle are naturally and how much I rely on my BELOVED Pixi Brightening Peach corrector. I mention this in every "favorites" post/video I do because it literally changes my look so much!


So on the far left is my face sans any makeup. I assure you I DID get a full 8 hours of sleep last night, despite the bruise-like circles under my eyes. In the middle picture is me with JUST the peach corrector (no editting of the photo or anything). Look how much more awake I look INSTANTLY! Then, obviously on the right is me with my makeup completely done (and a little bit better lighting thanks to the other side of my iPhone).



If you have dark circles like I do, I HIGHLY suggest you invest in some sort of corrector. You want one with a peach tone (for lighter complexions, or orange for darker skin tones) that will combat the blue tones that cause those dreaded circles. Think OPPOSITE of the color wheel. Using just a flesh toned concealer to cover them up will only make them look muddy.

I like to then apply my foundation (I don't generally put foundation over the corrector) and top it off with a highlighting pen if I have time to brighten up the under eyes even more.

Bobbi Brown makes a great corrector, but if you're on a budget like I am, opt for the Pixi version found at Target.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS, MY LOVES!!! May your season be merry! HO HO HO!
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8 comments:

  1. Thats amazin....
    I have horribld dark circles and it seems like no matter what i do, it still stands out, even in photos...
    Imma try your method, i hope it works for me

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  2. Thanks. I find that as I've gotten older I seem to battle this same issue. I plan to give your tip on the Pixi version a try.

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    1. Please do!! Make sure you put down a primer first, as the corrector can get a bit heavy otherwise.

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  3. What exactly is the pixi one called? I went to Target yesterday but couldnt find a corrector. I'd really like to try this tip!

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    1. Hey Crystal! Here is a link for you...
      http://www.target.com/p/pixi-correction-concentrate-brightening-peach/-/A-12849696

      I've heard a few people say it can be hard to find in stock. They tend to only put out a few at a time and in some places they go quickly. (Pixi Correction Concentrate - Brightening Peach) -- Make sure you put down a primer first so it isn't so heavy/thick feeling! :D

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  4. Mash up some mint leaves and apply to your under eye area. Leave on for 20 mins, then rinse. Over time it'll take care of your dark under eye circles. :-)

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    1. Not if they're genetic it won't. I have horrid dark circles, and they aren't contingent on the amount of sleep I get, how hydrated I am, or what beauty creams/fixes I apply. Nothing will ever get rid of genetic dark circles- but I have found the salmon coloured corrector by Napoleon works really well. Pity it's on the expensive side :(

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  5. What primer do you use? Also I have an olive complexion, which pixi corrector would you suggest using

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