I am referring to Lipstick Bandits, as I doubt actual bandits give a flying fig about Holiday Lips. However, having had no experience whatsoever being an actual bandit, I guess I can’t generalize.
I know that the holidays are technically over, but hello, do I ever need an excuse to break out red lipstick?
(That was rhetorical).
(But in case you’re wondering, the answer is no).
I know that the traditional New Year’s Eve look is smokey/glam eyes with nude lips, but if you feel like shaking things up for 2012, you could do red lips. Or you could wear them to the grocery store. If you’re extra cool (like me), you could wear them while baking something delicious in the kitchen, or polishing up the last of those never-ending college applications.
This time around, the guidelines were anything that fell within the red+sparkly realm. Which let me assure you, is a wide and glorious realm.
Prestige Waterproof Lipliner in True Red, Jesse’s Girl Eye Dust in Pink Glitz, and…
Ellis Red, of course. For this look, I chose the Milky Lips Formula in L201.
Apparently, horrible bathroom-yellow lighting is the only way to trick my camera into reading glitter as glitter. So if you’re looking at the lip swatches, thinking she said red+sparkly, I see no sparkly thus she must be sleep deprived, well there is sparkle but you can’t see it.
I will admit to the sleep deprived part, though.
I started off by penciling in my entire lip with True Red, then slicked a coat of Ellis Red on top. The more red the better, right?
Red lips, pre-sparkle:
The rest was easy. I just grabbed some glitter with my ring finger, and dabbed it on the center of my lip. Where the sparkle spread too far and covered up the base, I went back over with more Ellis Red.
Just to be clear, I’m not 100% sure that Pink Glitz is lip-safe. Since I had a bunch of lip product underneath and washed it off within 10 minutes, I went ahead and used it for the purposes of this post. If you’re going to attempt something like this, be sure to check that whatever glitter/shimmer/sparkly doodad you choose is lip-safe, ok? It will give me peace of mind.
And finally, a semi-full face shot so you can get an idea of what this looks like from a normal (read: non-creeper) viewing distance.
Of course, I am but one lipstick-loving bandit in this merry group. To see what my fellow ladies-in-lipstick-crime came up with, check out the links below!
- Arianne (Glitter Geek)
- Danielle (Bloomin’ Beauty Blog)
- Jen (My Funny Valentine)
- Larie (Eye Heart It)
- Makeup Morsels
- Paris (My Women Stuff)
- Rae (theNotice)
- Rocaille (Rocaille Writes)
- Tracy (Beauty Reflections)
- Xiao (Messy Wands)
Full Disclosure: Ellis Red is a press sample. For more information, please see my disclaimer.