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SEPHORA’S COLORVISION is about transforming a face, a mood, or even an attitude. They had a vision: “Color sets the tone, ignites the moment, defines a mood as quickly as it transforms a look. Open your eyes to our bold new way to see, feel, learn, wear and love color.” Sephora has taken inspiration from this season’s color stories to create and explore a deeper connection to color. It’s less about a single trend, but rather a state of being. Sephora wants YOU opening your eyes to color, YOU connecting with color, and YOU feeling total color confidence. With their vast expertise, Sephora has created three distinct color visions inspired by the hues and shades of fall. Today’s vision is all about CRIMSON VELVETS.
Don’t be afraid to embrace a crimson lip–you can wear it as sheer or as opaque as you’d like!
If you’re not sure about how intense you want to go, Pro artist, Sara Biria, suggests going for a diffused lip. You can achieve this look by first prepping lips with a good lip balm, which will help with the sheer effect. Next, apply a touch of red lipstick to the center of the lip and blend with the balm. You can keep adding color to build up intensity and blending toward the edges of the lip to create an even color. As a final step to really make your pout standout, dab an illuminating concealer along the edges of your cupid’s bow with your fingertip.
- Sephora Recommends: Sephora Collection Color Lip Last in 19 Pure Red ($12), Tarte Glamazon Lipstick in Wild ($26)
- Finish the Look: Sephora Collection Colorful Duo Eyeshadow in 08 natural brown ($16), Sephora Collection Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in 01 ($12), Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed ($25)
For a more modern, stained effect, look for red that will give an intense, matte finish. Start by prepping lips with a good lip balm, massaging until absorbed, and ensuring to blot away any excess moisture (which can take away from the finish and wear). With a lip liner just slightly darker than your lipstick color, line top and bottom lips. This helps to add dimension and enhance the red. Apply your lower lip with liquid lipstick and then press lips together to transfer color to the upper lip; then shape the cupid’s bow. To make sure the shape is perfect, tilt your head back and keep lips together to check for symmetry. Now, all you need to do is let lips dry for about thirty seconds or so and then pat with translucent powder to prolong wear (and make sure to dust off any excess powder with a brush).
- Sephora Recommends: Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Icon ($28), Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso ($22)
- Finish the Look: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black ($20), Stila Eye Shadow in Kitten ($18), Hourglass Aurora Cheek Stain in Petal ($45)
For dramatic, highly pigmented red lips, opt for a lacquer finish. Start with clean, bare lips and then apply the liquid lipstick by gliding the flat edge of the wand from the center to the outer corners. Press lips together to transfer the color to the upper lip and using enough pressure to ensure the color transfers within lip lines. Next, shape the cupid’s bow by tracing the rounded side of the wand over the curves for an even shape. Once again, tilt your head back and keep lips together to check for evenness in shape. Set your high-impact lip with clear gloss and you’re ready to rock!
- Sephora Recommends: Bite Beauty Honey Lip Lacquer in Aurora ($24), Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge in #9 ($24)
- Finish the Look: Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in 0L ($18), Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Naked ($18), NARS Blush in Douceur ($28)
You can check out full how-tos and breakdowns of the looks from Crimson Velvet here.
SEPHORA’S COLORVISION is about transforming a face, a mood, or even an attitude. They had a vision: “Color sets the tone, ignites the moment, defines a mood as quickly as it transforms a look. Open your eyes to our bold new way to see, feel, learn, wear and love color.” Sephora has taken inspiration from this season’s color stories to create and explore a deeper connection to color. It’s less about a single trend, but rather a state of being. Sephora wants YOU opening your eyes to color, YOU connecting with color, and YOU feeling total color confidence. With their vast expertise, Sephora has created three distinct color visions inspired by the hues and shades of fall. The first vision to experience is NOUVEAU PURPLES.
This fall, experiment with NOUVEAU PURPLES to bring out the eyes and find new ways to enhance your beautiful peepers beyond neutrals.
Combine soft purples with effortless neutrals for a soft eye look that incorporates a dash of purple in the crease. Start by applying a light purple over the lids with small, feathered strokes, and blending just above the natural crease. Take the color and lightly glide it along the lower lash lines for added definition. Next, take a deeper shade of purple and apply it into the crease for a gently defined crease. Give lashes added volume by applying black eyeliner between top lashes and then smudging a dark purple eyeshadow along the upper lash line. As a final step, sweep a bronze shadow along the creases to balance the look and add warmth, and then finish with two coats of mascara.
- Sephora Recommends: Sephora + Pantone Universe Alchemy of Color Eyeshadow Palette ($34)
- Finish the Look: Urban Decay Super-Saturated High Gloss Lip Color in Lovechild ($19), Dior Blush in Strawberry Sorbet 943 ($42)
Fall in love with the gorgeous hues of purple with a wash of iridescent shimmer–and it’s so easy and has just enough drama to make it interesting! Start by applying an iridescent navy shadow along the upper lash line and diffusing the color just beyond the outer corners. Next, blend a glimmering purple shade into the creases using small, feathered strokes and brush color along the lower lash lines. Finish by applying two coats of mascara over top lashes.
- Sephora Recommends: NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Marie-Galante ($34), Kat Von D Shade Shifter in Love Letter ($16)
- Finish the Look: NARS Lipstick in Dolce Vita ($24), NARS Blush in Madly ($28)
For an intensely smoky, smoldering eye, bold purples will take your look to the next level of drama! Begin by sweeping a mushroom shadow over lids, blending from lash lines up toward the creases, and build up the color for richer coverage as desired. Next, layer on a shimmering amethyst shade and work from the outer to the inner corners, then wrap the color along the lower lash lines. To add definition, line top and bottom lids, including the inner rims, with black eyeliner. To avoid harsh lines, blend the pencil and shadow together. You can add warmth as well as dimension by sweeping a matte peach shadow above the creases and bring it along the lower lash lines. Finally, finish the look with two coats of mascara on top and bottom lashes.
- Sephora Recommends: Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette ($49)
- Finish the Look: Kat Von D Painted Love Lipstick in Cathedral ($19), Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Dollface ($25)
You can check out full how-tos and breakdowns of the looks from Nouveau Purple here.
Sephora’s Beauty Studio gives you exclusive, one-on-one access to Sephora’s experts. The talented people in the Beauty Studio offer complimentary, in-store Express Services to help you achieve different looks–from a classic smoky eye to an easy, every day look–in a few minutes. The Express Services are available in-store and are quick and easy to take advantage of–no appointment or minimum purchase required! Each of these walk-in Express Services gives customers a complimentary, step-by-step tutorial led by trained Sephora makeup artists. If you’re not sure how to wear one of the latest trends, you can check out the trend Express Services, which highlight three major trends from the current season. Among the core Express Services, learn how to deal with liquid eyeliner, false eyelashes, concealing, and flawless foundation.
Make an appointment for a 60-minute dedicated makeup session where an expert artist will create a look for you and help you learn how to re-create it (free with minimum purchase of $50) or opt for a 90-minute private session with a Personal Beauty Advisor who will help you refresh your entire beauty routine along with an expert makeup application (free with minimum purchase of $125).
And if you don’t have time to stop by in-person, the Beauty Studio has plenty of how-to videos that you can watch from home! In the above video, Sephora PRO team member Eric Soto demonstrates just how important blush and bronzer can be to enhancing the complexion. One great tip he mentioned is that a subtle highlight above the brow can help give it an instant lift–without the painful surgery! He recommends powder blushes for all skin types, cream blushes for drier skin types, and cheek stains for normal to oily skin types. If you have a cool undertone, Soto suggests using a rose, pink, or berry color. If you have a warm undertone, he recommends using a blush in the peach or apricot family.
Get a COLORVISION Makeover!
Starting now, go to the Sephora Beauty Studio any day of the week for a complimentary lesson in how to wear the season’s hottest colors. Or, during special event weekends, like this upcoming weekend (August 17th through 19th) and next weekend (August 24th through 26th), join makeup artists from your favorite brands, like Givenchy, MAKE UP FOR EVER, Stila, Dior, Givenchy, Hourglass, and Sephora’s makeup artists.
During your complimentary makeover you will learn how to create some of fall’s hottest looks from the brands you love and take away a special gift following your consultation (while supplies last). Take your pick from three different looks, including Crimson Velvets, Blackest Blacks and Nouveau Purples, and let Sephora help you put your best face forward this fall! Find a store holding an event near you!
Not sure which look is for you? Consider perusing our latest high-res galleries featuring Sephora’s COLORVISION!