how to: wear a red lip



red lips can be really daunting for some! you have no idea how many times i try to get everyone into a red lip – usually, they’re shocked by how pretty they look, and how, erm, sexy they feel once they take my advice. i recently created a beauty editorial for glitter guide with this in mind. i grabbed my two fair skinned beauties, christie lohr of style nine to five, and garcy fry of eco diva beauty, to do a red lip three ways tutorial.

(all photos by taya photography)


for ANY red lip, you need the perfect canvas, so prep, prime and swipe with my foolproof guide:


remove any flakes with a lip scrub.


use a thin veil of concealer to neutralize the natural lip color and give staying power


use a lip brush to get those crisp, precise lines (yes, you can skip the lip liner!)


erin – the classic red lip

pair a classic cat eye and enhanced brow with your red lip for a classic, yet modern spin

RED LIPSTICK: lady danger by MAC (an orange-y red)

3 The Sultry Red Lip final

christie – the sultry red lip

add a hint of smokiness to the eye, and rim the waterline with black liner. this is all about a date night or girls evening on the town!

RED LIPSTICK: russian red by MAC (a neutral, deep red)


garcy – the no makeup red lip

pairing the bold lip with a buffed up complexion, and sans mascara is perfect for daytime, and it’s super chic.

RED LIPSTICK: ILIA in Wild Child (a true, bright cherry red)

head over to glitter guide to find out the other products used, and how i achieved each look! i promise… you can wear a red lip!

Final - All Three Lips 1

the best black liners


i can’t tell you how many black liners i’ve tried. it’s like goldilocks: makeup edition. most are too flakey, fade too fast, too pricey, messy or just plain no good. i recently rounded up my faves on glitter guide; from gel (thicker, more pigmented, heavy duty, like a hybrid between a creamy pencil and liquid variety), pencil, and liquid… these are the best black liners, at all price points!

pencil: my faves are creamy, long lasting and won’t budge until you wash them off. i use them on my lid, pushing them into my lashline, and then smudging them.

urban decay | make up for ever | NYX

liquid: most often, felt lip liquid liners aren’t a true black and end up looking blue by the end of the day. i love this one for it’s great pigment and staying power… sans flakes!

geisha ink

gel: a great option for smudging, or creating an intense cateye, this drugstore version comes complete with a brush for applicaiton!


photoshop tips and tricks


over the weekend, i attended digital darlings photoshop bootcamp and was blown away by the amount of good stuff i learned! i’ve been doing my own graphics since i started blogging 3 years ago, and up until now, have been using adobe elements (the cheaper version of photoshop, with not as many features) to muddle through. i learned SO much about the faster, better and more efficient way to deal with images, graphics and the like. this will hugely benefit my hobbies and my career.


digital darlings is running another #psbootcamp in november, and you can sign up here (there’s an early bird registration until october 15th which gives you a pretty big discount). i highly recommend it… you’ll learn so much to separate you from the pack. not to mention a quick way to retouch that break out! just don’t over do it with the photoshop airbrushing like i showed in the example below… this was simply to show the power of the tools!

a few examples of what i learned, and how to cut out text like in the image at the start of this post, (which i’ve been trying to learn forever, we’re talking endless youtube vids!), and a before and after portrait gif, below. read more…

fall beauty faves

fall beauty faves

the air is getting a little crisper… are you ready for fall?! i so am!  the cooler weather means it’s my fave time of the year. wrapping myself in cozy knits, making use of my scarf and poncho collection (…that my hubby absolutely detests. “do you really need another scarf”… short answer is always YES), and rocking dark and moody lippy.

ah yes, fall is here!

i thought it would be fun to share my fave fall beauty picks! i’m all about getting things exfoliated, hydrated and happy all year long, but in the fall, there’s just something about getting into a proper routine, and each of my picks have that cozy element.

eos lip balm in strawberry sorbet: i keep this near my bed and apply it before bed and when i wake up. totally into the fact that they are 100% natural. annnd, it’s a drugstore find!

may lindstrom the clean dirt: i keep this in the shower, and apply it a few times a week at the start of my shower, letting it soak in as a mask. the grainy texture lends really well as an exfoliant, so it does double duty as a natural and organic exfoliator.

bobbi brown nude on nude palette and NARS and god created woman eye kit: both of these are perfect to get that soft and smokey fall eye. both of these palettes are full of warm shades you’ll gravitate to again and again. 

mac nail lacquer in impassioned: i’m all about a red mani and pedi for fall and winter. mac just reformulated their polishes – smaller more precise brush and a better formulation means a more pigmented and longer lasting result. love!

one love organics vitamin c body oil: i’m in love with this stuff, and for fall, it’s still my go to. i use those on me décolletage after the shower and before bed to keep things hydrated and tight.

share yours with me in the comments below… would love to hear your go-to products!