Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Coral Pop Winter Lips: 3 Ways


I've been getting a springy, summery boost lately from a color near and dear to my heart that's typically absent during the frigid winter months: CORAL!  I thought I'd share the three ways I rock a coral lip when the weather outside is frightful!
For my coral pop winter face, I start with a tinted moisturizer (NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in Alaska) to even out my skin and add some much-needed hydration.  I then conceal any spots with MAC Select Cover-Up in NW25 and brighten my under eye area with NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla.  I apply a layer of eyeshadow primer (NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base) and then set my face by pressing YSL Radiance-Enhancing Pressed Powder all over.  Pressing the powder on versus dusting it on with a brush really amps up the longevity of my makeup and keeps anything I conceal tightly under wraps.
No Makeup / Tinted Moisturizer, Concealer, Powder
Next, I bronze (Too Faced Chocolate Soliel), because a hint of sun is a necessity on my pale winter face.  I then apply a neutral pink cream blush (NARS Penny Lane) with my fingers to the cheekbones and follow it with a dusting of coral powder blush (Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy), focusing the pop of color mostly on the apples of my cheeks.  The cream base gives the powder something to adhere to, and setting a cream blush with a powder keeps it locked and loaded for all day wear.  It's a truly harmonious relationship!  My skin has been dry enough lately that I've been able to rock some highlighters!  For an oily person, this is very exciting!  I've been finishing my face makeup by tapping a bit of cream highlighter (MAC Shell Cream Color Base) onto the tops of my cheekbones and above my brow bone.
For eyes, I sweep a neutral matte cream powder shadow over my lid from lashes to brows to brighten.  I'm using Too Faced Cream Colored Ponies, but this is a shade everyone should have in their collection (LORAC Cream from the PRO Palette, Urban Decay Virgin from the Naked Palette or Venus from Naked Basics, and so on).  I then work a little medium matte brown into the crease (I'm using Too Faced Chocolate Milk, but Urban Decay Buck, Naked, Naked 2, Faint, or LORAC Taupe also work great!) and define my eyes with a shimmery brown eyeliner (Clinique Cream Shaper in Chocolate Lustre).  I curl my lashes and add 2 coats of my current favorite black mascara L'Oreal Lash Out Butterfly in Blackest Black.  I lightly fill in my brows with Maybelline Master Shape by Eye Studio in Soft Brown and use the attached spoolie to comb the product through and soften any harsh lines.
On to the lips!!

A whisper...
For a subtle whisper of coral, I like Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Lover's Coral.  It's a Shine formula, so it's a sheer color with plenty of sheen.  You can layer it on without a mirror so reapplication on the go is a snap!  NARS Sheer Lipstick in Love Devotion is another great sheer juicy orangey coral.

A song...
For a moderate pop of coral, you can't go wrong with Maybelline Color Elixir in Breathtaking Apricot.  It's a super glossy, gel-like (non-sticky) balm/gloss hybrid that can be worn as quietly or boldly as you wish depending on how much you layer on.  I'm wearing 2 coats in the picture above.

A shout!
For a full-on coral pow, let me introduce you to my little friend: Revlon Matte Balm in Unapologetic!  This little crayon packs a punch and the matte formula is very comfortable to wear and VERY long-lasting, around 5 hours including eating and drinking before I touched it up.  It always looks hot pink in photos, but it's more coral pink in person!
To amp it up even more, I applied a layer of Maybelline Breathtaking Apricot Color Elixir over the Revlon Unapologetic Matte Balm.  Pow!

So, how have you been keeping the winter drearies at bay?  What's your favorite coral lipstick or gloss?  

Review Round-Up from this post:
CAUTION: Wearing Revlon Matte Balm in Unapologetic may result
in the refusal to apologize for duck face selfies!  You've been warned.

38 comments :

  1. I love how natural your base makeup looks. So flawless. And between the brown liner and coral lips, your eyes are fiercely green. So gorgeous, girl.

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  2. Oh wow, Unapologetic really IS unapologetic! I was thinking it looks like a hot pink, but with the gloss I can see it's a very pink coral. You look great, Kristen (duck face included)! That chocolate shade looks amazing with your eye color!

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  3. Hahaha that's the best unapologetic ducky face I've ever seen! And the CUTEST too hahaha!
    That last one is WOW!! It's perfect on you girl!!! You look amazing!

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  4. Love the caution! Your so cute! And girl we are jealous of those gorgeous lips u have! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous choices!

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  5. Coral yay! I'm ready for ya spring! You have beautiful skin btw! I've been wearing heavy doses of rose golds and peachy-pinks, coral on my cheeks. Not really does the season change it all that much ;-) xo

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  6. Unapologetic definitely brings out the duck-face in me. LOL. Great post my friend!

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  7. Beautiful look and Unapologetic is an amazing shade :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

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  8. Beeeeeeeeeautiful!!!!

    Ermm... I'm sorry I lost my train of thought, lol. I forgot what I wanted to say haha. But seriously Kristen, you look absolutely beautiful here! The green eye and bright coral lip is a perfect combo for you! And your skin is GLOWING!

    I'm totally jel!!!! :D :D

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  9. Coooooraaaaal! I absolutely adore corals, but I have a feeling I'm not the only one here :-)

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  10. Wow such beautiful products!! Coral is a beautiful color<3

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  11. This is awesome! I love me some corals but distinctly lack that colour in my makeup collection. Been trying to resist those Revlon balm stick thingies but now you've done it. :>

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  12. Ow ow! Unapologetic packs quite the punch! I'm ever so slowly trying to incorporate some color into my looks to distract me from the never ending snow we're getting (9-12 inches today!)

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  13. LOL LOL! Look at you, GORGEOUS!!!! Your skin is flawless, Kristen :-) And that pout is a must! Love the colours featured here. Those Revlon thingies... might have to go check them out.

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  14. WOW, you look amazing!! I think this look for your wedding makeup would be gorgeous with the Breathtaking Apricot on the lips! You must do a duck face selfie in your gown, how fun!!

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  15. love a good duck selfie! Unapologetic looks gorgeous on you!

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  16. Thank you, Gaelle! Ah, I love your name, btw!! Duck face seflies FTW! :*

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  17. Thank you so much, mums!! You are the peachiest plum on the savannah! Breathtaking Apricot would be a great wedding day shade! Hmmm... :)

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  18. Oh wow! Thanks, Lily!! I have been using some Clarins skincare that's really kicking ass! You definitely should check out the Revlon Matte Balms and Lacquer Balms. They are known as "cheap thrills"; bargain price for an awesome product!

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  19. It certainly does! I think the name is perfect. Yes! Colors to combat the winter drearies/lazies!!

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  20. Ha ha! Yes! I've done it! I seriously don't think anyone would dislike them! I mean, they're fun! They're pigmented! They're long-lasting! They're cheap! Weeeeeeee!

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  21. Thank you so much, QT! I love coral! Always puts me in a happy mood!

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  22. Ha ha! You are correct, Johnny! Sorry, 80's TV reference there! I really think these Revlon Matte and Lacquer Balms would be right up your igloo. Bright colors, super comfortable to wear, and they last a long time on the lips!

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  23. Stop being such a super sweetie, Jaa! Just stop! No, seriously, thank you so much! You made my day!!

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  24. Thanks, Charlotte! It really is a POW of color! :)

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  25. Oh I need Instagram proof of this phenomenon! Unapologetic duck face selfies all day! And thank you so much btw! I've never been "snowed in" long enough to do a long fun post like this one! I had to use that Snowpocalypse! ;)

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  26. Thank you so much!!! My skin has been getting treated to some Clarins loves lately and it's really taken to it! And hey - rose golds, peachy pinks, and coral cheeks are timeless! If they look beauts on you, wear them year-round! That Tom Ford polish you picked up? That is such a YOU color! I love it.

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  27. Aw! Thanks, guys! That means a lot! I'm seriously considering buying ever Matte Balm they have at my local CVS. And then going back for the Lacquer Balms!! These are seriously amazing! I want the Lacquer Balm you reviewed!

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  28. Big HUGS!! Thank you so much, T-Bone!! You always make me feel good and I can't tell you how much positivity that brings! So THANKS!! Duck faces forever! ;)

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  29. Right?! Isn't this well-named?! Thank you so much, Sunny! There's another color that's more corally orange in the matte range that I'm grabbing the next time I see it. Coral lovers unite! :)

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  30. Thank you sooo much, Alison! Coming from someone who's skin always looks the perfectly smooth stromboli color I covet, that means a lot! I think I'm going to have a coral moment this year, lol!

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  31. Your skin really glows :) I was JUST talking about how awesome coral is on the lips lol And I love your warning at the end.

    I tagged you for the Girl Power tag! Please check my blog for the questions and let me know if you partake in the fun! :)

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  32. Your skin is amazing!!! I really love corals too, I wear them for all seasons hahaha. Well we only have 1 season here in Singapore - summer all year round.

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  33. I love my Lover's Coral, too! I'm actually eyeing a Maybelline Elixir and Breathtaking Apricot might just be my first shade (you enabler you!) But babe... I gotta say. UNAPOLOGETIC looks like it was made for you!!! EEK. You look stunning!


    PS - hate you and your skin. Gurl, you dont even need foundation. Your bare face is glowing!!! Please share your secrets ;) Pretty please? LOL!

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  34. Yay for being able to wear highlighter :) gotta love the JLo glow haha.
    The Revlon colour matte balm sounds fab, 5 hours strong after eating and drinking!?! I need to get me some of those bad boys!
    Maybe Its Megan Leigh

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  35. Thank you, Galaxia!! I will definitely check out that tag! Super fun! :)

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  36. Oh my, thank you so much, Rachelle! Corals for all seasons is the way to go! :) Summer year round sounds really nice right about now!

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  37. Thank you so much, Shari!! :) It's really fun to wear such a bright, bold shade when I usually stick with neutral pinks! It's like being a rock star for a day!
    LOL - my secret to perceived good skin is a bad camera! Seriously, the pictures above were taken with an iPhone so it didn't pick up any nuances like my regular camera does! I had to use the phone camera b/c my regular camera was out of juice. I've actually been following the routine at Acne.org thanks to a video Wayne Goss posted called "How to get rid of acne in a week". It's WORKING! If you have any problems with acne (mine is constantly braking out on my chin and the sides of my face), the routine they outline is super easy, cheap (everything can be found at drugstores), and is working really, rally well for me! I hope to write a post about the whole experience when I finish!

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  38. Yes, girl - nobody does glow better than J. Lo! What a great signature to have, too - to be known for always having a gorgeous, radiant glow! I was impressed with the matte balm's wear time, too! 5 hours is pretty amazing! I hope you do get some of these bad boys! :)

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