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9 Things Your Face Is Begging You To Do, Or to Stop Doing


Have you ever taken a moment to ask yourself what lies beneath your make up brush bristles and on the surface of your beauty products? I assure you that for the most part, it is not a pretty sight. There may be a hidden germ army in your makeup bag! This is an area that is so often overlooked, but the repercussions can be devastating to your face, and your eye area is especially vulnerable.

Your beauty products may look OK, but it is what lies beneath that should have you concerned.Here are are 9 precautions and tips that you can take to keep it as fresh and safe as possible.

1.Sharing stuff means sharing stuff. So, if you are sharing that mascara with a friend, you may also be sharing that pink eye. If you are sharing your lip gloss, maybe you are sharing that cold sore too. When it comes to beauty, it is the time to be greedy. Just say no.

giphy2. Air is your enemy, so seal everything tightly after each use. This goes for face creams, mascara, lipsticks – everything! There is often thought put into package design to make your products less vulnerable to air, so seal them up tightly. The biggest thing you will discover from exposure to air is that your liquid, gel or cream products dry up faster, and all products may get some unwanted bacteria growth.

giphy (1)3. Speaking of air – never pump your mascara!  Each time you remove or put your mascara wand back in the tube you are letting air in that is drying out your formula. I have no idea why after all of these years I still see people doing pumping their mascara in and out of the tube, but now is the time to stop it. Now and forever. Please tell all of your friends.

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4. Where you store your skin care and beauty products really does matter.  Many people keep all of their beauty items in the bathroom, and on one hand this makes sense because that is often where the biggest mirror in the house resides. However, the heat and humidity from your shower and bath can wreak havoc on your products and cause them to spoil or change texture. I won’t even talk about what other things may be floating around in the air landing on your stuff.. The same goes for fragrances which in addition to avoiding the heat and humidity should also be kept out of direct sunlight as this can alter the juice. Ideally, store your stuff somewhere dark and cool, and away from humidity. A linen closet makes a perfect spot.giphy-2

5. Clean those nasty beauty tools! Sponges, brushes and eyelash curlers need to be cleaned often to prevent cross contamination and potentially cause infection (again your eyes are most at risk!). Not sure what to do? Get a brush cleaning spray to clean your brushes in between uses, and give them a bath once a week. Using a mild shampoo, lather the bristles in warm water and rinse until clean. Avoid getting the brush wet past the bristles as water can cause your brush head to loosen or fall apart. As for those sponges, use the same method and be sure to allow them to fully air dry to prevent mould or bacteria build up. Sponges are not meant to last forever though, so toss them after about a month or when you see signs of wear and tear.

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6. If a beauty product has changed in colour, texture or smell since you first opened it – toss it. As products are exposed to air and also to the cross contamination that is transferred between your applicators and your face, they suffer from some wear and tear that should not be ignored for long. Your foundation may separate or smell “off”, your powders may get a shiny glaze over them (usually caused by oil build up), and your mascara may start to appear dry or flake easily. These are all whispers that it’s time for them to go away now!

giphy-57. Speaking of mascara – this relationship should resemble a summer fling, not a life long commitment. Three months since opening is really the maximum amount of time you should keep a mascara, and even less if you are prone to eye infections or if your immune system has been compromised. To extend this relationship any longer is kin to thinking you can get that serial cheater to change. Like a bad boy, mascara can hurt you and bring you to tears. Infections and irritations are something you can easily prevent by tossing and replacing your mascara every 3 months.

giphy-68. Ask yourself some tough questions: When did I last wear that shiny electric blue eyeshadow? Am I realistically going to be wearing that espresso coloured glittery lipstick again? Asking yourself these sorts of questions will help keep your collection reasonably contained and as fresh as possible. Time to say buh-bye!

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9. There is more to consider than expiry dates alone. Skin care is an area that you can not forget about, especially if you are using anything with sun protection in it. You can look for expiry dates, but that alone may not be enough. Most beauty products now have an indicator symbol on the packaging that looks like a jar with the lid open, and a number on it. This number indicates how many months the product is recommended to be used once it has been opened. So, if you used a sunscreen last summer and it does not expire for another year, but the symbol indicates “12” for twelve months after opening, it is best err on the side of caution and start a fresh one.

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So now that you are armed with these tips, it’s time to clean your regime. Then, go forth and shop without guilt because you have to replace it in the name of safety.


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Meet Your Match!

Back in December on Day 19 of the Foxy Advent Calendar Tip Of The Day, you first met the wonderfully talented Patrice Boudreau with a teaser on choosing the right foundation. This is a topic that deserves a deeper dive, and today Foxy Face Beauty welcomes Patrice as our guest contributor. You may recall my last post I wrote about my love affair with a foundation… I wish you will find your match too! Xoxo – Head Fox

In this world of selfies and various social media platforms capturing our every moment, it can be reassuring to put our best face forward to have the confidence to shine in every snap shot. Finding your perfect match is like meeting the partner of your dreams, and this arm candy will make your face light up like nobody else ever has!

The unfortunate thing with foundation is that if you see it, then it is generally the wrong one. Too many times the bearer of these second skins find themselves in a jungle of confusing choices, and quite frankly it could be a little intimidating.

Some good advice before you enter the world of foundation is to be prepared. Consider these three things before you begin your search for the perfect match.

  • What kind of coverage I am looking for? Do you have anything to camouflage or are you just looking to enhance your complexion? Maybe you want to simply refine the texture of your skin and make it smoother looking?
  • What is the texture you prefer to apply on your skin? Different textures are now available to please the most demanding consumer, from the ever so light mousse type to the most comforting creams, without forgetting the practical powders.
  • What should be its final result? Are you expecting to stay matte all day? Maybe you prefer to have a radiant, glowing look, or how about sparkling like a star on the red carpet!

Once you can answer all of these questions, you will be closer to finding your true love…. 

IMG_0081When you arrive at your favourite cosmetic counter, you will find out quickly that there are a vast array of foundations and many made for your skin type! The complexion products have changed quite a bit since their first days, and now they can even treat your skin as an extension of your day time treatment. You are looking for your Mr. Right, not just Mr. Right Now, so take your time and choose it right! Don’t try to rush or cheat; there is nothing worse than a mismatched foundation.

If you have a dry skin that tends to be uncomfortable and tight, ask for a foundation that will maintain hydration in your skin all day. If your skins gets shiny after two hours and you just feel like washing it, request one that will help regulate the sebum secretion. If you are spending a lot of time outside and sun is an issue, you can get a foundation that will supplement your sun care routine.

Here we are one step closer to “Mr. Right”

Now let’s visit the complex world of colour choice and find one that will embrace your complexion.  I generally encounter three types of needs:ton3

  • If you would like to create the perfect finish that will give you flawless looking skin, your choice of colour should blend into your neck and create a seamless line so you won’t have to blend the color down to your shoulders. Try three different colours that look close to your own skin tone by swiping at your jaw line, but do not blend in too much. The one that seems to disappear will be the right one! If you aren’t quite sure, put a drop on your neck, and see if it blends in totally.
  • If you find your skin is dull and you’re in search of a little brightness, choose something that has a pink undertone so it counteracts the yellowness of sallow skin. In this particular choice you will find that it is better in a low light environment or under evening lighting.
  • If you prefer to wear as little as possible, you can then choose something a little darker, but in this case the application will be very important to avoid a mask effect. You can also pick a foundation that is low in colour pigments . I find this particular choice is very popular for people that have no time or would like to create a healthy summer look. Have you ever noticed that in the summer because we are “tan” that we don’t feel the need to wear so much blush and all this tralala…well it is simply because our skin looks rested when it has a little colour!

We are so close now! What to do on your first date (aka how to apply it)

A quick and easy way to apply foundation is with your hands. The simple heat that is in our hands is just like magic – it melts the foundation into your skin and helps the foundation to embrace all the features of your face. If you choose a liquid or mousse type foundation that is not too heavy in color pigments (low to medium coverage) or one that is darker than your own complexion, you will apply only four little drops – one to your forehead, one to your nose and one on each cheek. Then blend in a sweeping motion from the center of your face toward the outside. Because you didn’t apply any on the chin area, you will drag the product from elsewhere on your face blending toward the bottom of your face. Then, the amount of foundation towards the bottom of your face should be so minimal that it should be no problem for the product to blend right into your neck and feel just like if it disappears.Products7207-275x300-149509

Using a foundation brush to apply makeup may feel more perfect, and as an added bonus you will use less than you normally would to cover your entire face. In the case of creating that perfect full coverage, this instrument will provide you with a much better finish than using your bare hands. Put a drop of foundation to your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. In this case the foundation colour chosen should really be blending naturally into your skin without effort and be a perfect match –  especially in the case of high coverage foundation. Then use your brush in a sweeping movement again toward the exterior of the face in all directions. You can tap or “stipple” your brush onto areas of your face that you wish to have more coverage.

Of course you might consider changing your foundation as your skin changes colour.  I always believe that you should own at least two foundations – a light colour that matches you in the winter and a darker one for the summer. The texture of these could be different as well. You might search for something more comforting and creamier in the winter, and as you get in the hot summer months a much desired light weight and oil free foundation could be your other choice. As for the spring and the fall you could simply mix the two together so you will always have the perfect tone for the season.

Here you are now! You know how to get your next love…your second skin.

 As a professional freelance makeup artist, Patrice has been working in television and on feature films for the past 20 years – Robocop and TV series Suits are recent projects.  He is cited as a source in countless beauty editorials and is a truly divine artist.

So Foxy Face beauties – do you already have a “go-to” foundation? What kind is it? Also, sending a Happy Valentine’s Day to my Foxy Friends all over the world! ♥


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Foxy Face Needs… (the Face version)

I’ve tried so many things over the years, and it is a rare occasion that I would purchase an item more than once. More than twice? That’s practically unheard of. But, there are a few of these items that do exist! I thought it would be fun to share my MUST HAVE items. These are the ones that are always on my list, and that I am grappling to get my hands on as another one is running low. It is not unusual for me to stock up on these items when there is a special promotion and have my beauty cupboards full of my own personal “overstock”. I am a wee bit of a hoarder, I will freely admit that (follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook to see the evidence).

MUST HAVE red Rubber Stamp over a white background.For this post, I am going to cover off my must-have FACE items. These are not only my go-to items, but the ones that I have recommended to friends, family and customers and even some of you over the years. These are products that I consider to be the essentials to my own collection, and I would never want to be without.

Biotherm Aquasource Deep Hydration Replenishing Gel for Normal/ Combination Skinbiotherm-aquasource-visual – I love this face moisturizer. I have loved it since I worked at a Shoppers Drug Mart on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton when it was first launched. At the time (mid to late 90’s?) when this delicious cream hit the market,  there was really NOTHING like it out there. It had a cool and refreshing texture that made it feel like you were bathing your face in a tropical waterfall (too far?) and a divine smell that I will never tire of. This classic is one that I return to time and again, and I especially love to pick it up when there is a bonus set with extras included (like deluxe size cleanser and toner). This cream is primarily a hydrating moisturizer, and does not contain much in the way of reparation ingredients, but I love it so much I will use it in the day time with an SPF layered underneath, and use a more anti-aging specific product at night. Often replicated by other brands, nothing has ever come close to the amazing texture and hydration of my precious Aquasource.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place Makeup lauder– This is pretty much like a love story, so get your tissues ready. Just kidding, but it does span over a decade and we finally get together after way too much time apart.

I first met this baby back in the mid-90’s. At the time Ultima II Wonderwear and Revlon Colorstay were rocking the foundation world with their long lasting formulations that provided a flawless face. I loooved Wonderwear but it exited Canada around 1996-97 and I was left sad and confused. The Revlon Colorstay Foundation filled in as a weaker, but far more affordable version, but I was never truly satisfied. I found a magazine insert to get my free deluxe sample of Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation at the Bay, so I decided to check it out. They pumped a little vial full of my shade and sent me on my way to try it out. I. LOVED. IT. I used that vial up and scraped out the insides with a cotton swab to take every last wee bit out.

At the time, I could not get this makeup at the retailer that I worked for (aka no discount), so I did not permit myself the luxury of using it again for years. I bounced around from brand to brand, always hoping to find my true match once again. Around 2011, I found out that my retailer would be carrying Estee Lauder products. I had totally forgot about that foundation, sort of like a long lost love that you knew in the back of your mind was always perfect for you but through a series of missed connections, you just were never able to be together. I casually entered one of our stores to check out the counter, sort of like Facebook lurking an old flame’s profile. I looked around the counter, I looked at the eye shadows, and some of the other makeup, and then I looked at that bottle of Double Wear. Oh, I looked and I longed for what we had once had many years ago.el_sku_Y9H072_558x768_0

A demonstrator from the company asked if I needed help. I was a little nervous! I couldn’t tell her about how this was the ONE for me a long time ago, and how my cheapness and need for discounted products made me turn my back on it. I felt as though I had betrayed it, and that maybe after all these years, it would no longer light up my life like it once did. The lady had me remove my foundation, she colour matched me, and then put it all over my face once we determined the shade. It was like we were never apart! It melted into my skin immediately and camouflaged my imperfections flawlessly. The seamless blending, the impeccable coverage, the formula that lasted all day –  this foundation truly understood my needs. It was an exceptional match made in heaven. THEN, the lady introduced me to the foundation’s sibling – Double Wear Stay In Place Powder Makeup. A liquid AND a powder foundation that meet all of my complicated requirements and demanding little heart’s conditions? They had me at hello.

I am now in a polyamorous relationship with both. They are my sister-wife version of makeup. Sometimes I like one, sometimes the other, and on days when I want absolutely flawless looking skin, I use both. These are items that will ALWAYS be in my makeup bag (desk) and I pray to the Lauder gods that they never take them away.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O sensibio_h20_250ml08_gd_04– With one of these sold every three seconds worldwide, this cleansing water is clearly a must- have for a lot of people! I love this stuff so much and I usually have about 2-3 on the go at all times. I keep one in my bathroom so I can easily and gently remove my eye makeup at night. I have super sensitive eyes and they react to so many things, so it was nice to find something that doesn’t sting or burn when I use it. I also use it some nights to take off ALL my makeup. It usually takes 8-10 cotton soaked pads to get it all off, but when I don’t want to splash water on my face and wake myself up too much, this is my go-to makeup remover. I keep one at my makeup desk too so when I am applying makeup, I can quickly clean up any mistakes with it. A cotton swab soaked on one side with the Sensibio quickly evens out my cat eye or cleans up my lip line. I seriously have at least 10 bottles of this in my house right now.

s1619576-main-heroBite Beauty Agave Lip Masque – I won’t go into too much detail since I already raved about this product extensively here, but I will update you! I have since bought the Champagne shade and it is so pretty and subtle. The packaging has improved too and it is not as stiff as the metal type tube I had before but rather is a plastic one that is much easier to use. This is the newest item included in my roster of beauty must-haves, so I will award it the Rookie of The Year in my makeup bag. Lovely, lovely product.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks – Coffee Bean. Blackberry. Toast of New York. Fire & Ice. Pink In The Afternoon. These are all iconic shades that have belonged in my collection throughout the years (1987 to present). I love the look and feel of these lushly pigmented lipsticks. These formulations and shades transcend time and trends, and yet always seem to be on point. I used to play a game with a friend when we worked together in a cosmetic department. She would hold up a Super Lustrous Lipstick tester and I would name the shade just by looking at the colour of the bullet. I love that almost every single shade I have ever used in this line still exists. This is great for the average consumer because it means that there are not too many pesky discontinuations and you don’t have to run around looking for a new lipstick every few years. I have many lipsticks in my collection, but you can bet good money that I will always have a half dozen or so Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks kicking around. They are affordable enough that you can pick up a handful in the latest trendy shades and classic enough to wear for years, even decades. A definite must-have!

So my Foxy Friends, those are a few of my must have items for my face. What are yours? Comment below ’cause I wanna know!


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Speedy Makeup For Most Of Us

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With Pinterest, Instagram and other platforms you can find tens of thousands of absolutely beautiful and stunning makeup looks. I can spend hours looking at these and even longer emulating them or creating my own. I am in awe of videos on YouTube demonstrating how to get the “Kim Kardashian Contour” and love seeing the before and afters on these videos. But, let’s get real…unless you are an enthusiast or work in a job that requires this perfection everyday, all of this is simply too much. The average person has to get their face done and out the door in time, and many people I know will skip it altogether to meet the needs of others first.

I used to spend close to an hour applying my makeup and doing my hair each day. Then I had kids… Makeup application has become something that I have to sneak in during a nap or an episode of Dora and my hair is however it looks after I run a hairbrush through it. Or I have to do the unthinkable – wake up earlier than they do so I can shower and put on my face.

Luckily, I have found a few shortcuts along the way, and I am so thrilled with the result that I don’t think I will return to my old ways. It’s actually been quite eye-opening, and I have learned to like my face a lot more with less or even no makeup at all. I would’ve never fathomed this pre-children! Now that I really give it some thought, I was probably wearing makeup the equivalent of a ballroom gown to gym class most of the time. Maybe just a little overdone. (This is where my friends will hide their giggles and “told you so’s”!)

Please note: All beauty products pictured are my own and they are used regularly so they are not perfect stock photos.

Back to the topic of a speedy makeup application.  Here are the steps I take to get my face on in about 10 minutes or less:

  1. Moisturize – I used to apply eye cream but have eliminated this step during the day and only use it at night (if I remember). When I was new to the beauty industry I would advocate complicated 5 – 6 step skin care regimes and preach them to the eyes – glazed over moms in my store looking for a routine that would suit their lifestyle. I was a naive and out of touch salesperson when I was young,  with little understanding of how little time a mom actually gets to herself. Also, not everyone is going to put that much time in to a regime (kids or no kids). Now, I look for something in a moisturizer that does it all.
    • La Roche Posay Hydraphase UV SPF 30 is perfect for summers as it is lightweight hydration with a hefty sun protection factor (SPF)
    • If it is really humid and I don’t need the SPF I love Neostrata Oil Free Matifying Fluid. This magical concoction allows me to apply powder over top immediately afterwards without any tugging or pilling
    • Biotherm Aquasource is a winter fave and I may add a serum if especially dry
    • Lips –  Bite Beauty Lip Mask as I raved on and on about it herephoto 3-4
  2. Eyes – I start with my eyes and then work my way back to them – there are not any rules so do it in whatever order you like.
    • Gosh Forever Eye Shadow Metallic Stick in 02 (Beige) drawn on each eyelid (one swipe) and use the warmth of my finger to spread over eye lid
    • A touch of Urban Decay Walk Of Shame (WOS) eye shadow in my crease (applied with a contour brush)
    • Urban Decay Glide-On Pencil in Bourbon is a nice day eye liner and I just make a line close to my lashes and a flick at the end for a subtle cat eyephoto 5-3
  3. Face – Once my eyes are done I like to conceal and even out my skin
    • Bobbi Brown Cream Concealer applied under each eye with a large concealer brush. I draw it in the darkest hollows and use a combination of the brush and my fingers to tap it in and work all around the area (NEVER rubbing as this will irritate the eye area and remove product)
    • My routine used to consist of liquid foundation and a powder over top (a heavy coverage powder). While I adore the look that this produced (perfection) it was time-consuming and perhaps a wee bit much for everyday. Now I use Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup and apply with their chisel brush. I can cover my face and blend this in under a minute easilyphoto 1-6
    • Add some contour and colour with Shiseido Bronzer – I dip my large fluffy brush and quickly swipe it on one side of fame, dip brush and do the other sidephoto-20
    • For blush I dab brush into powder by Benefit (Coralista) and apply to apples of my cheeksphoto 1-3
  4.  Eyes Again – Now I return to the eyes.
    1. Define my brows with Benefit Gimme Brow – see this post for full details
    2. Mascara the heck out of my lashes! At this time I am not super loyal to any one brand and I like to experiment or use different ones each day
  5. Lips – This is where my creativity and mood will strike. When in a hurry I like something simple and familiar. In this case it was NYC Cityproof Twistable Intense Lip Color in Ballroom Blush – this is a really fast and easy methods to apply colour on lips!

As far as hair goes, I do attempt to get away with washing it as little as possible (I went a record 5 days in a row once- to work!). Check out this post for some hair time-saving tips, and also consider using heat appliances from time to time to get some longevity in between washes, as well as creativity with bobby pins, elastics and other hair accessories.

 

 

And that’s all Foxes! Now this is NOT the makeup look I would be posting about on Pinterest or Instagram bragging about a special skill or an outstanding eye makeup, but this is a look that is super achievable by every busy person. And that, my Foxy friends, is most of us.

 On the topic of time Foxes, how much time do you spend on your face in the morning? Do you skip hair washing too sometimes?


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Mission Possible: Red Lips

photo-17On of the most popular questions I get asked is, “How do I find a red lipstick that works for me?” This is not an easy question to answer as many people are really asking me to make them change their perception about red lipstick and who should be wearing it, and to make them see themselves in a different light in which they are glamorous and bold.

First and foremost, anyone can pull off a red lipstick. Part of it is choosing the right shade and applying it well, and then another part is pulling a whole ‘look’ together around the lips. Like you probably wouldn’t wear a pair of glamorous high heeled shoes with sweat pants, you will want to put a wee bit of simple effort into prepping the rest of your face to embrace the red lips. And then a really huge component is confidence – you must feel it to rock it!

Choosing the Red

I’m not gonna lie, there are so many options out there! There are many brands, formulations, and coverages out there. Lipstick wise you find mattes, creamy formulas, stains, full coverage, sheer coverage. Then there are glosses that offer full coverage or are more sheer, with sparkles, without sparkles…. Options for days (or daze?).

Rather than go over every single option, I’d rather focus on a few go-to shades that tend to work well for most. This means they are a truer red rather than orange based or cooler tones of red. These are the more “neutral” reds which will look better on more people. I personally love an orangey red, but realize that most people would find it too over the top.

When you go out on your mission, go prepared with well- moisturized lips free of any colour. You want to hit up a place that allows you to test products, but also one which has good hygienic practices in place. If trying a lipstick on your lips in a store is not for you, then you can try it on your finger tip and hold it up to your face for an idea of how it will look. Ask the salesperson to help you. He or she should listen to what you are asking for and offer a few suggestions. Take your time trying the lipsticks and consider applying it lightly –  build the intensity slowly so you can see what it looks like to have a little bit on and what it looks like to wear it on full blast.

I’ve read many articles and blogs on red lipstick and there was a shade that was mentioned time after time after time. I was actually surprised that:  A) I did not already own this shade, and B) I actually had never heard of it. You have to understand this was a shock to me as I love lipstick and reds so I couldn’t believe this one was so popular and I was clueless!

MAC - Ruby Woo

MAC – Ruby Woo

The shade is “Ruby Woo” from MAC. I marched my butt to the closest MAC counter to try it on for myself. Touted as the perfect red that suits all skin tones, hair colours and even ages, I was so excited to get this hot commodity on my lips. At the counter I opted to line my lips with a liner that matched my natural lip tone. Upon applying the lipstick I noticed that it is very matte. This is a good thing with a red because anything too creamy or glossy can migrate and look a little sloppy. Once I had applied it, I decide to use a tiny amount of MAC Lipglass (lip gloss) over top to add a bit of moisture and shine. This lipstick was FAB-U-LOUS (and very noticeable)! I was in the mall and as I walked around several people complimented me on the colour. I had already eaten lunch, but it stayed on even after I ate supper much later that day. Although the intensity had faded, it was still very on. I will be returning to purchase this little gem soon!

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge

Another red I love and wear often is from Shiseido. Their Lacquer Rouge line is a rich liquid lipstick with a wonderful applicator that makes it easy to fit to your lips. This formula goes on like a lipgloss, but with a lipstick finish. I own several shades from this line but wear Lacquer Rouge Nocturne (RD607) lots. I love this red. It’s less bright than Ruby Woo, and it’s moisturizing yet stays where I put it.

Quo Luminous Gloss Stick Flare

Quo Luminous Gloss Stick Flare

If you are a little more conservative, run out and try the Quo Luminous Gloss Stick in Flare. This red is delivered by means of a jumbo pencil, and glides on effortlessly. The beauty of this one is that you can apply just a little and then spread over your entire lips with a finger, providing you with a sheer glossy red lip that doesn’t jump out.  I actually use this one quite often as it moisturizes my lips when I wear it and I can really adjust the strength of colour depending on how I apply it. The one downside to this is that it is not terribly long – wearing, but it is so easy to apply that touch ups are a breeze. Don’t forget to buy a big pencil sharpener for this one!

Application is Crucial With Red

Applying red onto your lips becomes a bit of a science to get the effect you really want. It starts with preparation- you want your lips to be smooth and moisturized without flakes. See my lip care post for some moisturizing tips. The day you are wearing red, you may want to start off in the morning by gently brushing your lips with your toothbrush after you brush your teeth. Then, apply a lip moisturizer right after and do other stuff giving it a chance to soak in.

When you’ve done the rest of your makeup and maybe even your hair and it’s time to put on the red, gently blot off any excess moisture on your lips with a tissue. I would then highly recommend lining your lips with a lip liner. Liner acts like a barrier that will help keep the lipstick in place, and it will provide definition to your lips. With reds, this is a very good idea since you don’t want it feathering around the lip line and looking like a hot mess. My preference is to line lips with a liner that is the same shade as your lips or even clear rather than a red liner. This way if your lipstick wears off you aren’t left with a red ring all around your lips. If you choose a red lip liner that matches your lipstick, fill in the entire lip with it after you make the line. This will help keep your lipstick on longer, and you also won’t be left with that weird red ring around your lips should your lipstick wear off. Keep in mind that using a red liner underneath your lipstick will probably also intensify it.

Once liner is applied, it’s time to put on the lipstick. There are several application methods – direct from the tube, applying with your finger, applying with a lip brush. Direct from the tube is fastest, but for ultimate precision a lip brush will allow you best control. You can either use the brush to get lipstick from the tube and then out onto your lips, or put some on directly from the tube and then use the brush to precisely fill in the countours. If you would like a hint of the colour rather than wearing it full blast, smudge a tiny amount onto centre of your lips and then spread out over rest of your lips with your finger.

When applying a red lipstick, keep in mind this is not a time to race, you want to ensure application is tidy and clean. I like to keep a cotton swab handy with some eye makeup remover. I will dip the swab into a tiny amount of the remover and then trace around the outside of my lips to clean up the line perfectly and erase anything that went over. Finally, I like to take a little of my face powder on a wedge sponge and precisely trace around the outside of my lips to give it a perfect finish.

The Rest of Your Face

As mentioned earlier, to achieve the best result wearing the red lipstick you should put some attention into the rest of your face makeup too. A little foundation or powder to even out complexion and cover any redness (redness in skin will be amplified when wearing red lips), a little eye makeup and some bronzer and/or blush. This will set the scene for you to embrace those red lips a lot more. See my blog on a Classic Holiday Look for further tips.

Reds to Check Out

Here are a few red lipsticks for you to check out on your next shopping trip:

  • MAC – Ruby Woo
  • Shiseido Lacquer Rouge – Nocturne RD607
  • Quo Luminous Gloss Stick  – Flare
  • MAC Lip Glass –  Russian Red
  • Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Plump Perfect Lipstick Perfect – Brick
  • Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color- F Bomb
  • Revlon Colorburst Lipstick – Crimson
  • Duwop Private Lipstick – Private Red

 

Alright Foxes, I am dying to hear from you on this one. Did any of these tips help or were they new to you? If you decide to rock a red this season PLEASE post a picture on my Facebook page “Foxy Face Beauty” or tag me on twitter @foxyfacebeauty. I want to see red!!!!


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Recipe: Classic Holiday Look

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It’s the time of year where there are lots of events, parties and get togethers. It feels good to put on an outfit that is a little more spiffy than usual, but don’t forget to jazz up your makeup too. Different trends come and go every season, but you simply cannot go wrong with a classic holiday look. Here is the “recipe” for your go-to make up look this season:

  • 3-4 dabs of foundation over areas that look a little red or uneven. Blend well by dabbing but beware if you rub too vigorously! It will rub away all traces of the makeup and your skin will be left irritated and red!

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  • 1 pat of concealer where there are dark shadows or blemishes. Technique here is the key to success – you really need to “stipple” it on to get the coverage and brightening. Rubbing it in will defeat the purpose, rather use a “pat pat pat” motion to blend and conceal.Creamy-Concealer
  • 1-2 brush strokes of translucent powder over foundation to “set” the makeup (skip this step if you used powder foundation).

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  • 2 strokes of a matte or satin finish bronzer to ward off the winter white – apply one brush dabbed lightly in bronzer in the formation of the number “3” on each side of face. Start at mid-temple, work outside face and bring in just under cheekbone, work back to outside of face and back towards centre under jaw line.

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  • 2 dabs of a pink or peach blush on apples of cheeks – applied with a blush brush.

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  • 1 eyebrow pencil/ powder to fill in and shape brows. Brush out with a “spooly” brush after to keep them looking natural.

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  • 1 drop of your favourite eye primer  (1/2 drop on each eye lid) – this will help enhance the colour of eye makeup and keep it looking smooth and provide longer lasting wear.

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  • 1 sweep of a lighter eye shadow on each eye lid + 5-10 swoops of a medium tone neutral eyeshadow shade in the crease of each eyelid. Dab a contour brush in the shadow lightly, then swoop into crease back and forth like a windshield wiper until blended and softened.

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  • 1 steady hand to apply black liquid eyeliner. Line close to lash line on upper lid and “flick” up at the end for a slight cat eye. Thicken line as you see fit until you reach your desired look. I find it helpful to use a tap or a short strokes along lash line with the liquid eyeliner rather than one continuous line.

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  • 25-50 strokes of a thickening mascara on each set of eyelashes. This is a time to embrace drama and rock a thick fringe!

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  • 1-2 swipes of  a red lipstick or gloss. If using a gloss or a very moisturizing lipstick, don’t skip a lip liner! Lining lips first with a liner that matches your natural lip tone to act as a “fence” to keep that lip colour from escaping.

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Now, throw on that little cocktail dress, some heels and a pair of dangly earrings for a festive and classic look. Watch for upcoming posts on finding a red lipstick, how to fill in brows and much more!

 

Tell me, have you rocked a classic holiday look yet this season? What do you find the most difficult technique to master? I would love to hear from you…your comments help shape the content of future posts.