Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

My Special Occasion Look: Red Lips

I don’t know why, but one of my go-to looks for a special occasion is red lips paired with a gold eyeshadow look. I didn’t have much time, so I only snapped a couple of photos of this look. I’m also still mad that Ore photographs so blah relative to how TA-DA it is in person.  Hope you’re having a beautiful Tuesday!

You will need the following…

For eyes, start by applying Smudgeproof as your eyeshadow base all over the eye area with the 249. Using the 239, apply Ore pure pigment on the entire lower lid to cover.  Then, apply Darkhorse eyeshadow into the crease and blend outwards and on outer third of the lid with the 226.  Diffuse the crease color by applying Virgin eyeshadow above to highlight the brow bone with the 217.  Apply #10L liner on the lower lash line and finish lashes with Inimitable Intense mascara.

For cheeks, apply #15 blush on the apples of the cheeks and sweep upwards towards the temple with the 116.

For lips, apply Dragon Rouge Allure Laque first, and then layer Exces Extrait de Gloss for a complementing lip.

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246 thoughts on “My Special Occasion Look: Red Lips

  1. Heather

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the lips!

  2. deepblue

    Oooohhhh!!!! Amazing! Such a beautiful red!!!

  3. angelica

    stunning! loooove this red on you =)

  4. Gorgeous! Happy birthday!

  5. Jessica

    How do you get that lip line so perfect?! That’s a great color on you, is it the beautiful cool cherry that I’m seeing on my computer screen in real life?

  6. Katie

    Beautiful! Brings out your eyes so much!

  7. Anna

    Gorgeous!! How do you prevent lipstick from moving to your teeth?

    • I stick out my tongue between my lips to catch any lipstick OR you can do the same with your finger and it takes care of any excess that would have gotten on your teeth.

  8. baby in a corner

    lovely! Can’t wait for your review of the new chanel lipgloss, I’m not going to ask when or if so as not to drive you batty! oh and happy birthday! being 24 is too close to 25 for my liking but i hope you’ve a great year!

  9. Rachael

    Very lovely!

  10. Madelynn

    Every time you use your Rouge Allure in Dragon, it makes me want to cry because I can’t afford it. :[ You look stunning in it.
    It’s the most perfect, gorgeous red color for me. Plus it would be amazing to own something Chanel.

    • LOVE LOVE LOVE IT. I had a scare last night, because I couldn’t find it… but it was in my purse (which is odd, since I rarely carry any makeup in my bag), but I was like OMG THANK GOODNESS. I thought we’d have to detour to Nordstrom post-haste.

      Put it on a wish list – maybe for your birthday, graduation gift, etc. :)

  11. Rosamaria

    OMG!! Holy Hotness! Just received Dragon in the mail last week. Can’t wait to use it!

  12. Lile

    Gold eyes and red lips, they’re just beautiful on you. I do have a question about Dragon. I’m a NC 15, and I purchased Dragon. It looks red-purple on me, not the true red as it looks on you. I don’t know what to think about that. Does it make sense to you? Thanks, and Happy Birthday.

    • Purple?!?! What! That is crazy.

      How would you describe your natural lip color? You could try using a neutral-pink or brown lip liner beforehand.

      Thank you!

    • Marta Fernandes

      I’m an NC15 that turns into a NC20 in the summer and on me Dragon doesn’t look true red either. It doesn’t look red-purple as it does on you, it looks more like a bright, dark red (it’s not vampy at all). Of course, since I have very pigmented lips, which are naturally the colour of red wine, it makes sense that Dragon looks darker on my lips than it does on Christina’s. Lipsticks always look darker on my lips than they do on hers.
      Having said that, unless there’s something wrong with your lipstick in particular, then it’s very likely it looks red-purple on you because of your natural lip colour.

  13. Very pretty! So it’s your birthday then? Happy birthday! 😀

  14. Sarah

    Most amazing red lips EVER

  15. Vanessa

    OMG ::In Love!:: That red is absolutely gorgeous!

  16. Arantzazu

    Oh my GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I love that red!!!! I’ve just put it on my wish list!! (I think I saw the review of that Lip Laque and said the same ¬¬)
    Great look on you =)

  17. CeeBee

    Special Occasion? Is it your birthday?

    Have a great one! You look as fabulous as always! Love the layered red lip, so luscious and juicy looking… yum!

  18. Miss Silver

    I absolutely love the eyeshadow that you paired with the red lips! For some reason, I can’t pull off both eyes and lips like this; I look drag. I think it’s my square face. 😛 But you look stunning!

  19. Michelle B.

    Gosh, those lips are STUNNING! So red and smooth, lol!
    Eye makeup is gorgeous too. Love gold and bronze colors on eyes :)

  20. Leenie

    Christine that’s the most perfect red lip seriously you did it so neat.

  21. Esther

    Absolutely loooooooooove this look!!! <3
    Looks elegant! ^^

  22. Esther

    And happy bday!!! <3333
    Lol, tweeted it on twitter today too xDDD

  23. Tam

    It’s a really gorgeous look!

  24. Love it!

    Unfortunately, I tried red lips out and my husband doesn’t like it.
    He says we all look like the Joker, and I tried to show him how gorgeous you look in these photos. He still said the same thing!!!! Nooooo! :'(

  25. Joanna

    You look great, Christine! And happy birthday!

    I especially love your foundation. I have been thinking of trying Parure Gold, based on the good things you say about it.

    Do you know how it compares with the other Guerlain foundations when it comes to coverage and finish?

  26. You look gorgeous! 02 is a much better match for you and your skin is simply radiant. Hope you had fun ^___^

  27. Cristina

    Happy Happy Birthday!! You look amazing, like usual:) Are you liking the Parure Gold in 02 better than 03? I NEED that red lippe. Hope you have a lovely day and best wishes!

  28. Margarita

    You look amazing, Christine! I bet everybody was stunned at how beautiful you are *) Happy Birthday and all the best wishes!
    BTW the lip combo is very lux and elegant,.I think Exces gives Dragon the right amount of “wow”. *) Extremely pretty combo.

  29. Linnea

    The pictures of Ore are looking really really nice.. maybe not AS nice as in real life.. but honestly, the second picture(2nd one of just your eye).. the colour looks sensational. absolutely amazing.

  30. is Dragon still around? I was looking for it online the other day and couldn’t seem to find it. Can anyone get me a link? Friend of mine wants some red lips for her wedding and I think this is perfect for it.

  31. Your lips are stunning! xx Ilja

  32. Michelle A.

    That’s the exact shade of red I’m looking for! I don’t know how you apply it so perfectly.

    Happy Birthday!! Hope it’s a great one :)

  33. erika

    Absolutely Fabulous!
    Enjoy your day, you deserve it!

  34. Sam

    Happy Birthday Christine! I hope you have a wonderful day!

  35. Eileen

    WOW, what an Absolutely Stunning look!!! The most beautiful makeup I’ve seen in a long time. You look gorgeous Madamoiselle and on your birthday too!

  36. Nic

    Beautiful! I finally picked up Dragon recently, and I love it. :)

  37. Maria

    Love thd red lips .. I have to get my hands on that color :) overall a great look

  38. Kristi

    WOW that is gorgeous!!!

  39. Nicole

    I love this look, Christine! Gold eyes and red lips are hot! I don’t know why I have been waiting…I need Dragon in my life ASAP. :p

  40. Samira

    LOOOOOVE all the make-up !

  41. nancy

    Happy bday! The red lips look awesome!

  42. Anya

    Happy Birthday! You look very Snow White, beautiful!

  43. Kat

    WOW-ZA that lip is vibrant!

  44. Laurz

    LOVE it!!! Gold eyes and red lips are my go-to for a formal (especially holiday) look. I want every item that you used. Is there a lot of fall-out with the Ore eyeshadow??

  45. the lips are amazing ! Are you going to review the Exces extrait de gloss ?
    I’d like to see it on lips by its own :)
    But the combo is so amazing, makes me want to purchase both products !

  46. HovercatMittens

    I want that red! I grabbed Heartless because I was convinced it was my perfect vamp red, but this one kicks it’s butt. With steel toes. Ouchy.

  47. Shi

    I think your photos are more likely to get me to spend $32 on a lipstick than Chanel’s actual ads, haha!

  48. girl your lips look like pure sex (and thats a good thing)!!! happy birthday hun 😉

  49. Lydia

    I know Dragon is unique, but do you have any recommendations for a substitute, perhaps for someone with a cooler skintone? I’m wearing a bright red party dress to an even in a couple of weeks, and I’m on the hunt for my own “special occasion” red lip look!

  50. Katie

    Other than blues, I love it when you wear gold e/s, especially with equally stunning red lips. I guess it might be because we have similar hair & skin coloring, but warm bronze/gold + red is my absolute favorite “special occasion” look, too. You look like Snow White’s brassier, sexier cousin!

  51. Svetlana

    WOW just WOW !! you look stunning !! I got Chanel Exces Extrait de Gloss last week from my mum but now I want Dragon too !! 😉


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  53. Evelyn

    you look phenomenal!!! Happy birthday, Christine!

  54. Cam

    Wow! Look at those eyes (and of course the red lips)! Stunning. Happy birthday!

  55. Via

    Wow.. I’m taken aback by how beautiful this look is for you!!

    This is the most excited I’ve been that we’re similar in coloration. I’m going to try this tonight!

  56. Marta Fernandes

    Wow! Red gloss on top of Dragon! You’re seriously hardcore.

  57. Kiwi.Cozy

    Suuupper pretty! :)

  58. aradhana

    happy birthday! hope you have a great celebration!

    ore must really be something irl, because it looks very pretty in these *blah* shots 😉
    you look beautiful!

  59. Marta Fernandes

    Oh and, Happy Birthday!!!! :)

  60. margo

    wow wow…probably the most stunning makeup combo on you with your coloring and dark hair.

  61. Ashley D.

    Everything weaves in nicely! Also you pull off the red lips very well!

  62. Fiona

    WOW!!!! That is BEAUTIFUL!! I know you hear this a lot, but you have the most GORGEOUS lips ever, and you are blessed with a skin tone that looks good with reds!! I thought Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque is limited edition, with a collection that came out last year, but they still have it on the website chanel.com (along with all the other colors it came out with)do you know why? Did they make all the shades permanent? (There are 8 in all, I think you reviewed each and every one of them)

  63. Victoria

    Ohmygoodness that is THE most perfect red lip I have ever seen. period. and it’s not even photoshopped! (I hope)

  64. danielle :)

    wow really pretty! i’ve always wanted to try red lips but never have. just ordered wicked ways from VV though so that might be a subtle way to try out red lips! :)

  65. Love Peace and Mac

    Happy birthday, you looked great

  66. Janet

    GORGEOUS!!!! <3

  67. Love this look -especially the lips! You make me think of Christmas, Santa, and hot chocolate. =P

  68. Amy

    Those lips are TO DIE FOR. oh ma gad, You make me spend wayy to much money!! I love it though.

  69. Is this a blue based read? I’m looking for red for my mom, but she’s hates blue based reds. She thinks they don’t look flattering to her.

  70. Sharon M

    Happy birthday, Christine! May the year ahead bring you lots of joy and other good things!

  71. Gorgeous! Everything looks fabulous on you :)

  72. cat

    wow so pretty! you should make it an every occasion!

  73. Hilana

    Filmstar look. Very sexy and very beautiful. LOVE it! :)

  74. ooh i LOVE the red lips! would you say Chanel Dragon Rouge Allure Laque is more of a blue-based red? I’m tan and have warm undertones, so would that color work on me?

  75. inaya

    happy birthday!

  76. Cindy

    Wow, your lips look great, what a stunning red color !

  77. Cindy

    OMG, just read that it was your birthday: congratulations !!!!

  78. Amanda

    This is absolutely stunning. That lip color is IN-CRED-IBLE! Your eyes really shine with these colors on them. :) Definitely an inspriration for a special occassion.

  79. Suzanne

    Gorgeous red! Love that colour on you. But it’s confirmed what I’d already suspected, bright reds made faces look ever-so-slightly pale/ashy. Are you using a lighter powder or foundation for this pic? I’m NC 40 and bright red lips make me look like my compact is a shade too light for me. Optical illusion?

  80. I love this look and I love chanel dragon!!!

  81. Urska

    Sooooo beautiful makeup! Love the lips =)

  82. Federica

    The color of the lips is gorgeous !!! =) but also the eyes are very very nice!! bravissima!!!

  83. ak

    That’s a perfect bright red for you Christine because it’s not pink based or blue based, it’s more of an orange based or brown based red.

  84. ak

    As Christine’s pictures show, smokey brown/bronze-y eyes can go very well with red lips for the people who want to wear a strong eye makeup with strong lips. They did this kind of makeup on the catwalk last year and the year before that.

    I you want to wear bright red lips, at least for evenings, without having to forgo eye makeup then brown/bronze/gold colors are the way to go.

  85. Charlotte

    Your lips look so smooth and flawless! I’m never sure what colour blush to pair with red lips but I think Korres Natural works well. Did you have a special occasion to go that you did this look for?

  86. Tina

    You look gorgeous Christine. Very sophisticated and apt for your birthday celebration. Happy Birthday!

    P/s: Does the Dragon laque smudge when you eat/drink?

  87. I think I’ve been reading too much of Temptalia.

    When I saw “Special Occasion,” I skipped your list of products and immediately clicked on the photos. I guessed your lipstick, foundation and mascara right without looking at your list!

    Happy birthday! Keep on blogging!

  88. Terra

    Absolutely beautiful.

  89. Preeti

    Happy Birthday Christine. You look lovely.

  90. This is SO gorgeous!!!

  91. Julia

    This is my FAVE look. Can’t go wrong with coppery, smokey eyes and red lips!

  92. Whoa! That is drop-dead gorgeous. I am in love with the eye and lip combination. It’s stunning, Christine. 😀

  93. marcela macias

    love love love the lips, and the eye shadow is good, but i think the foundation is a little bit clair for you, i have seen you with better ones

  94. Nessa

    i love the lipstick..it suits you! very pretty!
    i would try this one day when i get more comfortable with reds..

  95. Lyn

    the lip color is absolutely stunning! I have to try this combo!!

  96. Fiona

    Could you do a review on the Chanel Exces Extrait de Gloss? Thanks!

  97. Marta Fonseca

    WAW!!!! Just… AMAZING!

  98. This is gorgeous. I love the lips in particular.

  99. I really love to sport this red color, somehow i bought red color lipsticks from Maybeline and Yves Saint Laurent but none seemed like the one in the above picture. Do you know any special brand/model which has matte look but same red color?