We've heard women say it a million times before, "I can't pull off the dark lipstick trend." But we're here to prove that, yes, you really can. We sat down with celebrity makeup artist Kayleen McAdams, who translated the vampy lips we admire in editorials for the average woman. No matter the size of your lips or the color of your complexion, you can easily work this dark lipstick look for beginners without ending up too goth or grunge. Just click through for the step-by-step tutorial.
Makeup artist Kayleen McAdams (who has worked with stars such as Lily Collins, Sofia Vergara, and Rachel McAdams) opted to complement Deborah's geometric, black and white dress with a creamy raspberry lipstick and soft eye makeup. To get the look, McAdams used Benefit Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit ($19) as a base, followed by Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Silvered Topaz ($75) in the crease. Eyes were then lined with a taupe pencil, and lashes topped off with black mascara. To finish, lips were lined with MAC Lip Pencil in Beet ($14) under Bobbi Brown Rich Lip Color in Cosmic Raspberry ($23), for a pop of color and texture.
There's no denying Rachel McAdams has been looking as beautiful as ever during her various 2011 Cannes Film Festival appearances. Good, clean living plays a part (as well as some enviable genetics), but it's also thanks to the work of her talented makeup artist (and sister), Kayleen McAdams. Learn how Kayleen created three of Rachel's Cannes red-carpet looks below:"For the Midnight in Paris photo call, the dress was very youthful and fun. We knew we were focusing on the eyes and skin for the premiere [later that day], so we chose to do a bright fun lip," said Kayleen.
- Eyes: Kayleen applied Nars Duo Eye Shadow in Silk Road (a palette of pink and rose-gold shades) to Rachel's eyes and topped off her lashes with CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion in Very Black.
- Cheeks and lips: Nars Blush in Mata Hari gave a bright, rosy cheek, and Stila Convertible Color in Fuchsia provided the finishing touch.
To see Rachel's other two makeup looks, just keep reading.
"There was a wash of cool tones in the dress, blue, green, purple, [and] pink so we wanted the eye, cheek, and lips to all have this same watercolor sheerness to it," said Kayleen. First, she applied Chanel's Fluid Iridescent Eye Shadow in Fountain (a pink tone) to Rachel's lids. Then, she used the rosy-gold shade of the brand's Quadra Eye Shadow in Spices all the way up to the brow bone and all along the lid, and Soft Touch Eye Shadow in Slate was applied to the inner corners of the eyes. Coco Lip Color in Rose Comete, a light pink tone, and Glossimer in Futile pulled it all together.