Red on my mind…

Red lips might seem risky to some,  but as a Makeup Artist, I tell you, anyone can wear red lips. Time and time again, I hear people saying, “my lips are too big for red lips” or “my lips are too small for red lips” or “I look like a night walker with red lips” or “Wow, I can’t believe you are wearing that color, it would never look right on me”… really???
  
Red Lips Rock! You just have to find the right one for you. Don’t be shy, don’t be afraid to try before you buy.

Tip of the Week: Head over to your closest makeup counter. Bobbi Brown, MAC, Sephora, Ulta are great places to start. Go on a weekday, when the artists are less busy so you can ask as many questions has your heart content. Try out as many lip colors as you can and walk outdoors (please make sure you sanitize the products before you try them on). Take a mirror with you outside and see how the color complements your skin in natural light. Armed with patience and time, you should be able to find that perfect shade for you.

Depending on your skin-tone, some colors might look better than others. Using the color wheel as a guide; one could say, if you have more yellow or olive undertones in your skin, then a lip color with more orange undertones would probably look better on you. If you have red or pink undertones in your skin, then a lip color with more blue would probably look better on you. But again, trying a color on against your skin is the best way to see what looks best on you. Remember, there are no rules when it comes to makeup, so don’t eliminate any colors before you try it out for yourself.

Below are some red lip colors I tried on for you guys.  To be honest, I really don’t pay attention to my skin’s undertone, when it comes to lip colors. If I like it, I wear it.  

 

 
 
 

Strut Your Stuff Kissable Lipcolour

 

COVERGIRL Lip Perfection in Burn

 

 
 
 
 

MAC Red Lipstick

 

 

 
 
 

Viva Glam I Lipstick by MAC...This has got to be my favorite red lipstick of all time

 

Chili Lipstick by MAC...This lipstick is matte, but there is a shine due to the camera's flash

 

Check out these beautiful ladies showing off their red lips:

 

 

 
 
 

Aishwarya Rai

 

 

 

Kim Kardashian

 

 
 

Dita Von Teese

 

 
 
 

Rihanna

 

Images from here, here and here

What are your favorite reddish lip colors?

Thots,

Tiwa

  

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Thinking of Spring???

I have a love-hate relationship with Spring. I love the weather, but I hate my allergies. I love experimenting with makeup, but I hate when I feel the need to rub my eyes and almost ruin my eye makeup (I usually catch myself before I do serious damage. Luckily, over the years I have developed some serious “eye-rubbing” self-control, lol).
  
But since spring is pretty much upon us, I guess I need to start getting mentally prepared and embrace it once again.
  
TIP of the Week:  For allergy sufferers; experimenting with fun lips colors is a great way to add color to your look without focusing on your eyes. Corals, peachy and orange lips colors are on trend this spring. Below are some of my favorite coral, peachy, orange tone lipsticks and lipglosses.   

MAC Hi-Falutin' Dazzelglass

 

MAC Mahogany Lip Pencil and So Vain Kissable Lip Colour

 

MAC Vegas Volt Lipstick (No lip pencil)

OCC Lip Tar in Grandma with MAC Mahogany Lip Pencil

NYX Orange Lip liner and MAC Morange Lipstick

Please feel free to add your favorite spring lip colors in the comment section.
 
Thanks,
Tiwa
 

Thinking of Pink Lips?

I wanted to share some of my favorite pink tone lipsticks and lipglosses.  I can never get enough of pink lips, so I had a difficult time narrowing down the list to six. Please feel free to add your favorites in the comment section.
 
For color reference, I did not use any lipliners or additional lip products, so you could see the real color payoff on my complexion (unless otherwise stated).
 
 
 

Show Orchid Lipstick by MAC

 

From the MAC Wonder Woman Collection, Spitfire Lipstick and Athena's Kiss Lipglass

 

Rose Petal True Colour Lipstick by Sleek Makeup with MAC Plum Lip Pencil

 

Money, Honey Dazzleglass by MAC. I love the name...Money...HONEYYYY, lol

 

Lovechild Lipglass by MAC

 

Shell Lipstick by Mary Kay

I added a bonus pink lipstick, just because I get so many questions about this particular color. It is the infamous MAC & Nicki Minaj collabo, Pink Friday Lipstick.  This lipstick is not one of my personal favorites, but you can make it work with a lipliner and a gloss on top of it. I usually pair Pink Friday lipstick with NYX Deep Purple lipliner and MAC Rags to Riches Dazzleglass.
 
 
 

Pink Friday Lipstick by MAC. Not my thing at all

 
Don’t forget to enter the $100 MAC Giveaway. It ends on Sunday, Feb 27th, 2011 at 11:59pm EST!!!
 
Thots,
Tiwa
 
 

Where Music and Beauty Meet…

When I picked up Keri Hilson’s album, “No Boys Allowed” in December, I was really just attracted to the album cover art. She is smoking a Hot Pink lipstick on the cover and her nails are BADDDDD.
 

Keri Hilson

Image from Here
I was in love right away, because I had actually wanted to create a look centering around a lady smoking a lipstick for a while. But listening to her album was the icing on top. I love the song called “BAHM BAHM” but my favorite song on the album is “Pretty Girl Rock”.  Check out the video below if you haven’t already. How hot is it, that she is paying tribute to talented female entertainers before her. The ladies she portrays appear in this order: Josephine Baker, Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross and The Supremes,  Donna Summers and the group TLC.
 
 
 
Random Information: Doesn’t she kind look like Tia Mowry (who plays Melanie Barnett on the BET show THE GAME) at certain times in this video?
  
Thots,
Tiwa