Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Make Up For Ever “Lips to Love” Lip Look

Last week, Make Up For Ever reached out to me to participate in their Lips to Love contest, which is all about spotlighting their new lipstick, Rouge Artist Intense (you can see reviews for 13, 20, 21, 37, 43, 44, 49).  I had a few ideas floating around but once I found out that you could only use Rouge Artist Intense Lipsticks (what can I say, I had visions of using Strass and liner and… yeah, which is a good thing, because it would have been way. too. much!), I took inspiration from a lip look I did a few weeks ago.

My Lip Look: I used #21 (shimmering bright red) on the very outer edge of the lips, and I applied it using a lip brush to get a crisp edge.  I then applied #17 (shimmering gold) on the center of the lips.  On a metal palette, I mixed both #21 and #17 together and blended the two shades together by patting on the color with a lip brush.  This gave it that seamless gradient of gold to fiery orange to scarlet I was hoping for.

There are seven lovely ladies who have all created their own lip looks, and you can check all eight of us here The winner gets to giveaway 10 traincases filled with the winner’s favorite Make Up For Ever products to their readers.  So the prize is really going to the readers, which is amazing! :) They are also giving out a lipstick to 10 winners everyday here.

You can check out all of the entries and vote for your favorite HERE!  Today is the LAST day to vote — good luck to everyone!!

See a close-up… and see my first [totally different concept] attempt!

My first idea was to do a violet to fuchsia gradient lip with leopard print.   It was a good idea in theory, and it looked awesome in my head, but I wasn’t feeling how it translated–it was messier and looked more like I had some sort of disease… LOL!  I think a really opaque liquid liner would have worked best for the spots, and I would also using makeup remover for where I wanted the spots, so that they would really pop rather than layering gold over pink.  (I actually used a palette knife to gouge the lipstick and dabbed the color on so it would be pretty thick and a little 3D.)

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285 thoughts on “Make Up For Ever “Lips to Love” Lip Look

  1. Looks amazing Christine, you’re going to win, that look is HOT.

  2. I think both look great personally!

  3. Soo

    I really like your entry! also, minus the leopard printing, the violet/fuchsia gradient looks quite lovely on its own.

  4. Laila

    this is a gorgeous look!

  5. Marie

    I honestly think your lip make-up is the best (even though everyone’s look has its own charm). You successfully made this lip make-up look efortless when it clearly asked for a lot of skills and patience. I voted for you, and I hope you wins. :)

  6. Inky

    I love it – it’s like Kat Von D’s Adora with the gold volume pumped up!! I have been eyeballing that gold #17 to do that with some of my more bland red lippies and it’s nice to see how good it looks!! I voted for ya :)

  7. Roslyn

    I like both of them! Of course the fiery lip looks much more wearable.

  8. Lego

    I’m so glad you went with the orange/red one, it looks diving for the Holiday season. In fact, that whole look is damn gorgeous :O Totally voting ^-^

    • It’s more in line with my initial thought (but I wanted to use gold glitter, a lil’ gloss, and some red jewels), but then I was like, OOH! LEOPARD PRINT LIPS! THAT’S COOL!

      Thank you, Lego!

  9. Valerie Brower

    OMG!! The whole look is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!! I told my husband right now I’m definately gonna wear this look on our next night out :)

  10. Maeve

    You look absolutely gorgeous!!! Wow! Are you wearing falsies?

  11. this look you submitted reminds me SO much of a look worn by Gong Li in the movie Curse of The Golden Flower. AMAZING. always wanted to recreate it and now i know how! thanks! voted 4 you by the way, you’re in the lead!

  12. Ra13bcn

    Oooh!! A precious, simple and impressive effect!! Congratulations!!
    It’s veryyyy nice!! Thank you for the idea!
    And, if it is not great to ask, are your eyelashes of which it marks? It is that I fall in love of since they stay, I am charmed with the effect that they do in your eyes. I love it!!

  13. Arantzazu

    WOW!! Amazing! You look gorgeous, Christine!
    I love both lip looks, but the red one is fantastic!!
    Of course, I’ve just voted for you =)

  14. Agnes

    I adore this red/golden lip look! Incredible!

  15. I voted for you, Christine! I LOVE your look!

  16. monica

    I think they both look amazing!! I am definitely trying the red one for holiday parties!! Thanks for the idea :)

  17. Cameron

    Oh my gosh, I’m a gay man but can appreciate the beauty that I see in front of me. I voted for you most definitely!

  18. Elle

    “it was messier and looked more like I had some sort of disease… LOL”

    Ha! I love the purple gradient but I really love your final look. I hope you (er, we) win!!

  19. Lady Di.

    Love both of them! The leopard one is definitely creative, but the red/gold is really beautiful and everyone can wear that one!Great job and good luck, hope you win!

  20. Violet

    Wow! This is one of my favorite looks on you!

  21. Promise

    Wow, Gorgeous!!

  22. haha i had two things i said right away:

    1) hot photo!
    2) grrl – do you have fake eyelashes on??!!

    you look great!

  23. Crystal

    Love your eyes here! Maybe a tutorial or just let us know what you used!!!!

  24. Michelle

    Not a fan of the spots themselves, but the purple lips themselves are amazing! I think this concept with translate well to a lot of colors!

  25. Mires

    Voted! I love love all your make up in this picture.

  26. Nini

    Oh my…I do a lot (too much in fact) of looks that look great in my head but not in my face…

    Btw I already vote for your lips..just beautiful, Theyre like a sunset lips…I love them.


  27. Beautiful!! It’s like you’re glowing from within!! 😀

  28. LH

    The lips are undeniably gorgeous and very sexy you did a phenomenal job.I plan on recreating that someday :) Voted for you and good luck with the contest.

  29. Daintynymph

    I think it’s funny that someone else did a pink leopard print lip anyway! I could never pull off gold, but on you it looks amazing. I love how your lips just glow!

  30. Cherokee

    Hot, you got my vote.

  31. regina

    I love your entry. It’s classy but out of the ordinary and fun at the same time. Best of luck!

  32. Jena

    W-O-W! Stunning!

  33. Amy

    I adore this!

  34. Dini

    Love the lip very much. Looks magical. Thanks for sharing your contest entry. I added my vote for you!

  35. Elaine

    Oh my GOSH these are AMAZING!!!!!

  36. Wow this is gorgeous! I voted for you =)
    Can you do a look breakdown of this? I would love to see what other products you used. Thanks!

    • I just used black liner, MUFE Gold Aqua Cream on the lower lash line, and Lash Addiction Play Thing false lashes! It was superrr simple in terms of products used other than the lips :)


  37. Pattie

    Temptalia @ 51%!!

  38. lustrebonbon

    yours is awesome, and you are winning!

  39. Steph

    Loooove the firey lips! So sexy. I like the purple ones too, but I’m not feeling the gold with the purple for some reason.

  40. Cathy

    Christine,do you realize you are WAY out in front with 51% of the votes?? Way to go…knew “our girl” would be the best before I even went there!!

  41. Gia

    I voted for you! You were truly the best out the women. I hope you win!

  42. Ula

    Wow, wow, wow! This looks amazing, Christine!!

  43. Hi Christine! Just voted for YOU!! Hands down, your look was the most visually stunning! Loved it so much that I want to try it as well!! Congrats!

  44. SiaM

    kiss <3 love the lips red-orange-gold transition, a beautiful, wearable, well blended version of the Cointreau lips =) The eyes are also gorgeous.

  45. shavonne


  46. Desiree

    They are both awesome! You better watch for Beyonce’s new music video’s cuz I can hella see her “borrowing” these looks, lol! Fierce!

  47. divinem (Melissa)

    You win hands down, Christine! Put those leopard lips back on and head out to the store. I want pictured documentation. LOL!

  48. Marcela

    the look is gorgeous! it also helps that you take great, clear photos. i saw the other entries and most of them had poor-quality photos (and no matter how great something looks in person, if the photo doesn’t speak for it, you won’t get the vote!)…

  49. I looove that orange and red look! Gorgeous! I’d totally go out and buy those shades if I could get the nerve up to wear it out.

  50. Shines

    I love the whole look! The orange/red/gold lips remind me of a sunset. Very pretty!

  51. Ashley D.

    Wow – very creative! I love the effect it gives on your lips.

  52. Hana

    I really love the gold and red. You make this stuff look so easy lol! Maybe I can redo it for Christmas because it looks like a perfect holiday look. You’ve got my vote! :)

  53. Elysia

    you look soooooooooooooo pretty!

  54. Pamela

    You look like you’re going to a holiday party–very pretty, very festive!

  55. Love the look Christine! At first glance I thought it was all one shade, but then the gold highlight pops out. And it has all the impact of a red lip, but in a bit more unexpected shade. Well done!

  56. Yay! I voted and you’re in the lead!! LOVED yours the best for sure anyways. <3

  57. Diana

    What mascara are you wearing? your lashes are to die for!

  58. Ashley

    Hi Christine,
    Fantastic job! I was wondering if you could tell us what products you have on your eyes! I LOVE them. Thanks!

  59. i love it, it’s so pretty! it’s like one big lip flame haha

  60. Marie#2

    Your skin is looking amazing! Any chance of a look breakdown sometime? Or at least what foundation are you wearing?

    And of course, the lip look is great :)

  61. Jess

    i love them!

  62. Sarah A.

    I agree that the leopard didn’t translate all that well into your initial look, but it’s still an awesome idea! And both of your gradients look wonderful, I’m pretty sure if I tried a gradient, it would just look like I hadn’t fully grasped the concept of applying lipstick evenly! Maybe I’ll stick to adding a sparkly gloss to the center bottom lip as a highlighter, and work my way up to this 😉 Good luck in the contest!

    • Yep! I think with a little more patience, another try or two, AND being able to use other products (not just lipsticks), it could work.

      Thanks, Sarah!

  63. Laurz

    I totally see where you were going with look #2 and I ADORE it. I liked the first look too, but where I saw the close up I was floored. I think you are so talented and I hope you win!!

  64. This looks amazing! Will you do a look breakdown showing what other makeup you are wearing?

  65. Silvia

    Girl I love your look … its awesome!! Love the lips !! I hope I can do something similar since I don’t have any Makeup for ever where I live. Any suggestion for the shimmering gold in MAC ??

  66. Emily

    You did an AWESOME job! I love it! I wish they made a single lipstick that could do that!

  67. Nayeli

    I love the red to orange look!!!! I voted for u, good luck!

  68. abby

    wow Christine the orange lip…absolutely amazing!!!!!

  69. Ana

    I love your overall look–hmmm– I may have to steal your entire look and use that as my Holiday Makeup this year. :-)

  70. livnzoe

    you look amaaaazing christine!!!!!

  71. Angeli

    It’s gorgeous Christine! You did an awesome job!! Yay you’re in the lead! I voted for ya!! :)

  72. Amanda Dubs

    I seriously love gold eyeshadow And that gold on your lips is amazing!

  73. Oh wow. Stunning, stunning look!!!!!
    Those eyes!!!
    You obviously have some false lashes on. I never get mine to look that good!

  74. Wow you’ve got skills girl! I want to see some gradient lip tutorials from you on YT. You’ve just inspired me to start “dressing up” my lips a little more.

  75. Sharon M

    I like the first look on you, with your colouring, but have to admit the second is really cool! I’d wear the second, without the leopard spots of course, for a party (maybe add some silver to the middle of the lip for oomph).

  76. Tiffany

    you and pursebuzz had the best entries so I wasn’t surprised to see you two at the top…but gave my vote to you :)

  77. Eleonora

    Oh my, the gold popping out is just gorgeous!

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  79. Alisha in WI

    the first one looks good close up but I can see how far away it can look like a disease! Do you have falsies on?

  80. Malia

    You never cease to amaze me with your talent Christine! Both looks are FAB but you made the right choice! Voting for you…I love it!!

  81. Liliane

    I love your lips, they are so radiant and they suit you amazingly well! Look as a whole is just as gorgeous – you got my vote! Hope you win!!

  82. WOW you are soooo talented! I love them both! Amazing amazing……!

  83. Farida

    I love this. I have to try this. I think you are going to win for sure.

  84. Bunny

    Gorgeous!!! My vote goes to you 😉

  85. That looks is great and very wearable. I actually like the second look as well.

  86. Wow Christine! You look amazing here! I love the fun lipstick! Totally chic and totally gorgeous!!!! Keep up the good work. I love posts like these the best!!!!

  87. Phoebe

    You have the prettiest pout that can be used in a lipstick commercial! I love this look!

  88. Roxanne

    I have to say I like yours best! It’s so Christmassy and sexy and… IT’S SO FLUFFAYY! 😉 But honestly, good job (& all of the others as well!)Are you wearing false lashes btw?

  89. Nancy

    Wow! I thought only I could look on MUFE #21! Just kidding….LOL! You look beautiful and most importantly, sophisticated and elegant! Love this on you!

  90. Love both! Voted for you. :)

  91. Michelle

    I’m going to spend my VIB gift card on #21 and #17!!!! you are so great Christine, since i discovered your blog my makeup “junkiness” is much more organized and accurate lol!

  92. Sarah

    Your lips look like they belong on the pages of a fashion magazine.

  93. Anastasiya

    oh my god I can’t stop staring at this…it looks like there’s a sunset happenin on your lips. All I’m missing is a margarita, but it is Friday….

  94. Andrea

    I just voted for you! I hope you win, you have the best look by far!!

  95. I love those fiery red / orange lips! <3

  96. Eileen

    Just voted for your beautiful Sunset look, Christine …. you have the nicest lipstick AND the nicest lips too!

  97. baby in a corner

    i’d never think of doing a gradient look with lips like this. I think i’ll try the violet and fushia at home actually. Good luck, C!

  98. Abi

    MOST AMAZING RED LIPSTICK COLOR EVER! And your eyelashes look really fierce here Christine. Just gorgeous :)