Monday, August 30th, 2010

Fall Makeup:  Go Red with Neutrals

When it comes to some of the darker shades of fall lip colors, pairing them with a neutral eye is always an easy way to make them work for you without overwhelming your face.   This is the kind of look where I challenge myself:  “How many products that I need to review can I fit on my face for one look?”  It’s the epitome of multi-tasking, right?  Hey, at least it’s not my usual where I have half my face done in certain products… and the other half with something else.

All new products used will be reviewed on the blog – I’ll give you my take at that time :)

You will need the following…

  • Eyes: NARS Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (neutral eyeshadow base), Guerlain Rue des Francs Bourgeois Eyeshadow Palette, Bobbi Brown Chocolate Brown Eyeliner (dark brown), Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara (black)
  • Face: Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation (03), Guerlain Les Voilettes Mineral Powder (03)
  • Cheeks: Rock & Republic Call Me Blush (pinky coral)
  • Lips: Guerlain Gwen Rouge G Lipstick (deep red), Guerlain Violine (462) Kiss Kiss Gloss Serum (burgundy red)
  • Brushes: 249 (flat, firm brush), 239 (fluffy shadow brush), 226 (fluffy crease brush), 219 (pointed crease brush), 116 (dense blush brush)

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply the bottom left shade of the palette on the inner third of the lid and pull upwards along the inner crease. Lightly blend the upper left shade of the palette on the middle of the lid with the 239. Next, apply the bottom middle shade of the palette onto the outer lid with the 239. Define the crease with the upper middle shade of the palette with the 226. Blend the upper left shade of the palette with the crease shade and highlight the brow bone. Bring everything together by applying Chocolate Brown eyeliner on the lower lash line. Finish by sweeping lashes with Inimitable Intense mascara.

For cheeks, apply Call Me blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Gwen lipstick first, and then layer Violine lipgloss for a complementing lip.

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103 thoughts on “Fall Makeup: Go Red with Neutrals

  1. Etaoin

    I love this type of look. When I wear bold lips I usually wear MAC bisque on eyes with a dark brown in the crease or sellout (a champagne colour) from the UD palette with black liquid liner. I got chanel rouge coco in byzantin but I still haven’t worn it yet.

  2. Rach

    I LOVE that lip combo!

  3. Lulee

    finally getting into the R&R stuff from last summer? lol!

  4. kasiaj85

    If I may be honest, you look fabulous in every eye makeup that you invent! However, when it comes to the lips, I actually think that such vivid beautiful reddish/raspberrish colors suit you better than some of those extremely vampy dark, eggplant lipstick from The Sultry Season series. Well, in most of the SS lipstick You look lovely, I’m just speaking about those extreme ones :) don’t feel offended, I don’t mean to be rude or anything, it’s just my personal preference :)
    Your lips + any possible shade of red = super sexy look :)

  5. FlyingBuffalo

    Gorgeous! I love the gloss, can’t wait for a review!

  6. omfg thats the beautifulist (yeah, i make up words lol) look i have seen you do, i love it! simple, pretty, classy! those lips products are going on my wishlist!

  7. Madelynn

    Aren’t you just a stunning lady? :]

  8. evo

    you look gorgous here!!

  9. Anna

    Ahhh! This is so beautiful!

  10. Lily

    I love the red lips with neutral eyes.I really like how your face glows.You look GORGEOUS Christine!!

  11. You look amazing overall! Now I know why you love Guerlain Parure Gold foundation, flawless!

    The blush is amazing too. Can we expect a Rock n’Republic review soon?

  12. Mary

    Wow, this look is great! You look beautiful.

  13. Diana B

    I know I’ve told you this before but you look really nice with a neutral eye and bright lip. It’s my favorite combo on you. I guess it’s cause your lips are amazing.

  14. Mamavalveeta03

    So Pretty! The colors and YOU! Great job, btw.

  15. Kayla


  16. gg

    Christine! You’re stunning!

  17. Lina

    what a beautiful look!

  18. Cathy

    You look gorgeous,Christine…have you ever thought about being a makeup artist?

    • Thanks, Cathy! I do freelance on occasion, but I generally don’t have time for it. I have no passion for make artistry, so it’s not something I would pursue.

  19. Lia

    wow that cheek color looks amazing on you!

  20. Naomi

    This is so beautiful. I am looking forward to the blush review!

  21. Brittany

    This is a very pretty look. You pull of red lips so good

  22. Veronica

    What a gorgeous look…by far one of my favorites you have done! I’ve been on the fence about trying Guerlain products for the past few months and now I definitely want to try Rouge G lipstick and Parure Gold (at the very least!).

  23. Hannah

    ok this is a really stupid question, but usually when i layer gloss over lipstick it kind of wipes off/smears the lipstick so it’s not as even. how do you avoid this? i’d love if in one of your video tutorials you showed how you do your lips in addition to the eyes

  24. Cynthia M.

    nice look! lovin’ the red lips this season :)

  25. Abbie

    Its Gorgeous!

  26. aradhana

    i’m really liking the effect of the brown liner…(and of course parure gold…)
    somehow this look is very different from your previous neutral eyes/ red lip looks…

  27. This is such a pretty lip look! Love it!

  28. LU

    It looks nice. :)
    And your lips look like a juicy cherry, lol.

  29. Andrea

    Love this!! Can`t wait to hear what you think of the Guerlain quad!

  30. Denise

    Love the lipstick.Neutrals make your eyes pop, we have practically the same eye color so I will be trying out this look nice!

  31. Mayra

    love the nude lid!!

  32. traci

    So pretty I love how red lips look on you.

  33. sabrina

    Your teeth are so white aha, I love this look its awesome :)

  34. Bernice

    Lipstick/lipgloss combo is stunning !
    And you just pull it off so so well.
    And you look so happy and cheerful =)

  35. christy

    so i’ve been venturing out into bolder colors with my lips, but i can’t seem to get a good definition. what do you do to get those smooth straight lines when applying on your upper lip?

  36. inaya

    you look gorgeous christine!

  37. Jazmine

    Gorgeous lip! 😀

  38. SiaM

    I do enjoy to see many takes on a classic look, and this one looks flawless! Lips gorgeous as always reminding me that I need to expand my Rouge G collection :)

  39. Love this look on you, Christine.
    You look like a 1950’s filmstar. Classy and sexy !

  40. Luisafer

    Love it!!! the only way I dare to wear red lips ;O)

  41. natalie

    Wow this is beautiful I think I might try it out.

  42. Rebecca

    beautiful make-up!!! :-)))

  43. Natalie

    Whoa what a special treat – You have pulled out all of your HG products! :) All Guerlain stuff! And you look fantastic!
    Is this for a special occasion?

  44. Ashley

    I’m diggin’ this! But I’m thinking that it will be too dark for my complexion, since I’m very fair. This is a GREAT color on you, though.

  45. Shanda

    Wow that color red is gorgeous!

  46. Katie

    This is so gorgeous! Only thing I would do different, is something more neutral on the cheeks.

  47. OMG this red is one of the best on you! GREAT make-up, ready for the Oscars!

  48. Ashley D.

    I’m loving this look and the lips look flawless!

  49. Melanie

    Christine–you do great eye makeup. I love your reviews and how to’s. Keep them coming. Can I request a “how to” on some of the Villains collection, particularly those eye duos from Millificent?

  50. Muna

    I am in looooooove with that color. I am buying it ASAP!!! Your gorgeous too!