Can any woman, any age, pull off a statement lip? “Yes, 100 per cent – as long as it’s matte, which makes lips look bigger, wider and fuller,” explains celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury. Here she shares her expert tips for wearing bright lipstick, and how to do the rest of your makeup to complement the bold look.
Carefully line the lips with a pencil that perfectly matches your lipstick (this is key!). Then, “if the lipstick is a strong, dark shade, use a lip brush to paint on colour”, advises Tilbury. Chalky matte lipsticks are unflattering, so look for one with a velvety cream texture. Try Maybelline New York Color Sensational Creamy Mattes in Mesmerizing Magenta with Chanel Le Crayon Lèvres in Fuchsia.
“The rule of thumb is if you do a lip, you wouldn’t do as much on the eyes, but sometimes you have a fabulous red carpet moment, where I say go for the lot,” says Tilbury. To define eyes, try Rimmel London ScandalEyes Thick & Thin Eyeliner.
Blush is imperative, but leave it to last “so you can look in the mirror and see how much colour you’ve already put onto your face”, suggests Tilbury. “Then you can apply the right amount without overdoing it.” Try Napoleon Perdis Dreamy Duchess Blush Cream.
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