Long-lasting lipstick comes in handy for plenty of situations: date nights, birthdays, weddings, and any other time reapplying is a problem. But which ones really stick around as promised? We tried a bevy of long-wear lip colors to see which ones stood the test of time and found three with staying power that will thrill any lipstick lover.
Can one shade can work for every skin tone? In the case of Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge #8 ($24), it just might. This fire-engine-red hue was made especially for Madonna's worldwide tour by her makeup artist, Gina Brooke. (It's waterproof, smudge-proof, and crease-proof, too.) Brooke created the color for her star client, but she made sure that this lipstick looks good on any complexion — so we tried it to see if it fit all of ours. Read on to see the results.
Having a fresh face doesn't mean that you have to leave off the lipstick. Bold, brilliant lip colors were all over the runways at shows like Jason Wu, Christian Dior, and Anna Sui. In this video, David Hernandez, Pro Educator for Make Up For Ever, shows us what it takes to create a clean, on-trend look with a pop of color.
Summer has officially arrived, and while temperatures are moving upward, it doesn't mean your makeup has to be moving downward. Don't worry about your makeup running when the heat is on, though, thanks to these sweatproof beauty picks. On Kirbie: Topshop.
Floriane David of Make Up For Ever Academy admits that one of the worst mascara faux pas is the floating lash look (this issue is especially rampant among blondes). She recommends using a fan brush to get right to the root of your problem. First, apply mascara onto the fan brush and then paint onto the lashes. You can also use a shaking motion (with your mascara wand or fan brush) to make sure you are getting the base of your lashes coated. And that's how you shake things up.
1. Start with a highlighter in a shimmering shade. Using a medium-sized makeup brush, concentrate a dot of this bright shade on the center of your eye. (Imagine you're covering your iris through your lids). This spot will act as the point of emphasis in the eye contour. Next, gently blend outward to cover the entire lid. Make sure that your central focal point still holds most of the color.
2. Now it's time to add definition. Choose an eye shadow that's one shade darker than your skin tone. Take a tapered brush to place shadow close to the top lash line — but only on the outer two-thirds. Then sweep the brush in an upward arching motion from the corner of the eye into the crease. Finally, remove the excess from your brush and blend the shadow downward into the lid. This will blend the highlight and lowlights so that no harsh lines are visible.
And here's another tip from David: When you finish off your contoured eye look with eyeliner, avoid the inner corners. This will help keep your face looking bright, especially if your eyes are closer together.
The more subdued cousin of the gold lip gloss, this neutral-toned shimmer gives bare lips a hint of warmth that highlights the natural lip color beautifully. But what it also does is take vibrant-colored lipsticks or glosses down a few notches. So the next time you're looking for an all-around amazing lip color, try putting the pedal to this metal.
Mara Hoffman is known for her global aesthetic, and this time around she took her models on a trip to the desert (figuratively, of course). And to achieve the effect, Make Up For Ever's Lottie created a sun-kissed glow with metallic highlights. It's a look that just about anyone can wear, so come for a ride backstage with us to see how it was all put together. You'll find there's nothing dry about this desert-inspired beauty look.
Photo: Roger Kisby