Thursday, February 20, 2014

HOW TO MAKE ORANGE LIPSTICK WORK FOR PALE BLONDES / IGGY AZALEA INSPIRED MAKE UP

Orange lipstick - Kiko Rock Idol lipstick 03 + Mac Cherry lip pencil - Iggy Azalea inspired make up
Ladies let's face it, for those of you who are naturally blonde, fair skinned AND pink toned like me, orange is not the most flattering shade of lipstick.
Orange is a red with a lot of yellow in it, and this yellow is what will clash with the pink in our skin.

My first attempt at wearing an orange lipstick was a couple of years ago, after seeing a picture of Kourtney Kardashian rocking a bold orange lip.
At the time I somehow failed to find relevant the fact that Kourtney Kardashian has dark brown hair and a dark olive skin, basically the opposite of me.

So when I went to a make up store, and super-excited grabbed their strongest orange lipstick and tried it on, what I then saw in the mirror was something that haunted me for months.
No. I mean, seriously, NO. All kinds of wrong. Like a clown from a horror movie gone wrong.

That put me off trying ever again.

But I have recently come across some pictures of stunning Iggy Azalea, and in most of them she was wearing a beautiful orange lipstick.
Her make up artist is celebrity make up artist Priscilla Ono.
And with the most angelic fair complexion and her platinum blonde hair, Iggy was looking just perfection with that orange!
That's when I thought - Ok, then there has to be a way for us poorly melanin-ed to wear orange too!! :-D

Also, celebrity make up artist and make up divinity Lisa Eldridge recently posted on her YouTube channel a very interesting - as always - video about orange lipsticks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vg6GZisIOYs), so I felt finally ready to leave behind the clown in the mirror, and try orange lips again ^_^

I hadn't self-tanned in a week, so I was starting off with my natural skintone.
The first step for us cool-toned/pink-toned is to try and counteract, or at least neutralize, the pink, so that the yellow-rich orange won't clash too badly with it.
A neutral or yellow(warm)/toned foundation can do that.

My everyday foundation and all-time favourite L'Oreal Lumi Magique (True Match Lumi) in DW3 Gold Linen is yellow-toned AND slightly darker that my natural complexion, so it did the job perfectly.
My all-time favourite foundation brush, the Real Techniques stippling brush, was key for a flawless and seamless application, especially in this case where the foundation shade did NOT match exactly my skin colour.

Then we need to make sure we conceal to perfection any other undesired colour on our face, like blue in the undereye area, or red on the cheeks or from blemishes.
For this I used Clinique All About Eyes concealer in 01 Light neutral, both under the eyes and on the rest of my face where needed.

Now that we have a canvas as blank as possible, we can start putting colours back into it :-)

Iggy Azalea has beautifully sculpted cheeks, so I first contoured my cheeks and temples with Mac Harmony blush, a matte taupy colour, and then warmed them up with Nars Laguna bronzer.
I also used Harmony to define the crease of my eyes and my lower lashline.

Then using L'Oreal HIP Cream Eyeliner I drew a thick and elongated line along my top lashes, like Iggy Azalea does.
I put my Dior Diorshow Black Out mascara on top and bottom lashes, and filled in my brows with Catrice Eyebrow Stylist pencil in 020 Date with Ash-ton.

I finished off my face with Nars Albatross highlighter to give the top of my cheekbones, the inner corners of my eyes and my browbones an ivory-golden sheen.

And now the lips!! :-D
I first lined them with Mac Cherry lip pencil, which is red, but I don't have an orange lip pencil ^_^
Then I filled them in with Kiko Rock Idol lipstick 03, a bright orange from their new Rock Boulevard collection, making sure I was blending Cherry into it perfectly.

And that was it! Me and my orange lip look!!!! - and 2 little moles to try and recreate Iggy Azalea's look as accurately as I can :-)

Now, what do you guys think????? :-O

To see another full on orange lip look , please go to Orange Sunset in Athens OOTD & MOTD

And if you would like to see more celebrity inspired looks I created, please go to
The 90s - Supermodels and Madonna inspired or
BeyoncĂ© - Why Don't You Love Me music video inspired or
In The Sky With Glitter - Victoria's Secret inspired

I would also like to thank my lovely Annika from HoSt - Home of Style for recommending me on her Instagram page @annipr13 to see how orange looks on blonde girls <3
She has brown hair and the most unreal turquoise eyes, and wears all coral and peach shades like N O O N E else!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to check out my blog and comment,

Love
MJ

Kiko Rock Idol lipstick 03


8 comments:

  1. Just like you said, i also thought that any kind of orang-i-sh colour was made for those with darker skin tone..! However, after having read your post and having seen your photo, i changed my mind...! It goes perfectly well on you who's got pale skin and blond hair...! Well...for sure it is also a matter of how skillful you are with the make-up..i don't think any pale skinned blond girl can succeed in creating such a nice look with orang-i-sh lip colour like you just did...! Great job, again, MJ...you always help me open my eyes and see further in the world of make-up...! Thanx...! Have a great day, darling..! XXX

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    1. My Beloved!!! *_* :-)
      Yes this time I kind of stepped out of my comfort zone, I'm so excited you like how it turned out!!
      Thank you so much for all your support and for being with me always, love you <3 <3

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  2. Wow, you really know how to rock the orange lips! It actually looks great on you. I've been seeing orange lipstick on other people a lot lately but I still don't know how to pull it off. However, I see you have mastered the art of orange lipstick :-)

    Thank you for visiiting my blog and your kind words, you're always welcome there :-)
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    1. Thank you so much Marta!!
      You should give orange a try, I mean if it can work on me next thing you know we'll see a cat wearing orange lipstick hahaha!!! :-D
      A big kiss sweetie :-*

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm very happy you liked it!! :-D
      Please let me know if you give it a try :-) :-*

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  4. Love the colour of lipstick on you! :D

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    1. Thank you so much, I'm very happy you like it!! :) :-*

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