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Juicy Red Lips (Revlon Really Red Lipstick and Lime Crime Candy Apple Gloss)

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Wearing an intense red, glossy lip requires that you layer. You want it to be as intense and opaque as possible, so wearing a gloss alone is nice, but layering it over a deep red lipstick gives you that pleather lips effect which I love.

Having a matte lipstick below also means you don’t need to apply your gloss right to the edges of your lips, so you are much less likely to get bleeding and feathering into lines around your mouth.

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The Rest of the Face:

This almost begs for the rest of the face to remain simple and neutral in contrast.

I’m using POP Beauty’s Eye Trio in No. 3 Park Avenue, and black gel liner for the simple eye.

Step 1: Using a flat angled brush, run matte black shadow along the upper lash line, extending up past the outer corners slightly.

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Step 2: Run bronze brown shadow over the entire lid, layering over the black liner so that you soften the black.

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Step 3: For some contouring, apply a pale ivory-pink highlight shade over the brow bone and also down the center of the lid.

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Step 4: Apply black gel liner over where the black powder liner was earlier. Then finish with a pale matte liner along the waterline and black mascara on the lashes.

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Step 5: Apply a deep red lipstick, do any cleaning-up you need around the edges to get it looking perfect, BEFORE you layer an intense red, sparkly gloss over it. If you don’t like sparkle, look for a creme finish such as MAC Russian Red Lipglass.

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Step 6: On the cheeks, I applied a soft iridescent satin pink shadow as a blush (Bourjois Ombre a Paupieres Eyeshadow #15 is a gorgeous fresh pink.