Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Pucker Up: Warmed-Up Fall Lips

One of my favorite things to do, beauty-wise, is to create lip combinations. I love playing with lip colors, and I love mixing and matching to find different ways to achieve traditional shades, but also discovering fun shades I haven’t tried before! You’d be amazed at just how much you can create with only a few products. You really don’t need a lip army arsenal a la Temptalia! But since I am a fervent lip product fanatic, every Tuesday, I’m going to show you different ways of layering and mixing lip products to create custom shades for every occasion.

Today, I wanted to do a twist on the dark, vampy lip that we’re seeing pop up for the fall and winter seasons. I, myself, don’t always feel comfortable in something as dark as the more traditional vampy lip (often very deep burgundy/wine). I’ve often found vampy lips to run a bit cool, which complicates things for me as a warm-toned gal. I also wanted to play with MAC Reflects Glitter to show how to incorporate it into a lip look as well.

Products Used


First, apply Benefit No Competition Lipstick with a flat lip brush to create a defined pout. Whenever I use darker lipsticks, I use a lip brush (and sometimes a lip liner — definitely use one if lip products bleed on you!) to make sure I stay “inside the lines.” Brush on Givenchy Velvet Plum Gloss Interdit over the lipstick layer. With your finger (best method, to be honest!), dab on MAC Reflects Bronze Glitter onto the center of the top and bottom lips. Use your lip brush to blend the glitter into your lip color. Voila!

Change It Up

You can see how much each product can really change up the look, yeah? Using a dark, plummy gloss intensified our lipstick base color and made it much in-your-face. The addition of the Reflects Bronze Glitter added a lot of warmth and made it more of a reddish-toned color. You can always stop at just a gloss (which turned out to be a very gorgeous color–no Reflects needed!), or you could use a different shade of glitter, which would still give you the shimmering-water effect with a different tone/shade.

Oh, and p.s.? It only takes a few minutes from start to finish–really! :)

See the progression

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70 thoughts on “Pucker Up: Warmed-Up Fall Lips

  1. Roxanne

    Oh my god, that’s just gorgeous! Really well-defined too. Perfect pout.

  2. ThunderBird

    That is an amazing idea!! It would be really nice to know which combinations have you discovered. 😉
    Thanks for sharing your ideas. 😉

  3. It’s gorgeous indeed. I would have stopped and he second picture:)

  4. that is just gorgeous!

  5. Alexis

    wow that is really pretty – i wished that benefit/mac lippies didn’t make my lips freak out! =(

  6. Diabla

    No one can go wrong with red and gold. It looks cool. I love the lipstick color on the first pic more than the result by the way! It’s very pretty.

    It’s an area of creativity and fun but layering lip products is something I never do. Not because I have no idea or don’t like it but because if I was making such an elaborated lip make up, it would be ruined in less than one hour. I can’t keep my lips static and be careful. Maintenance would be too high for me!

  7. Kaylabella

    absolutely gorgeous!

  8. yolanda

    I just love the look! if I can’t get Benefit no competition, what would be a good substitute?

  9. shontay

    Stunning, stunning, stunning looks. My pockets are crying right now, but I think I need to put some of these products on my wish list. I love warm lips.

  10. Andrea

    love the lips, & awesome post! I’m gonna look forward to seeing these every week! I love lip combos as well :)

  11. lisa

    Love this combo u need to do more of them please!

  12. Nicole15

    Great lip combo – i do a dupeable version of this lip using Espresso lip liner from Ulta, Sci-Fidelity from MAC Neo Sci Fi collection & Pink Grapefruit lipglass also from MAC Neo Sci-Fi Collection. There is just something about a brick red lip w/ bronze that i love. I def. look forward to this Tuesday series :) Thx!!

  13. Dee

    Love this idea!! I’m looking forward to more Pucker Up Tuesdays :-)

  14. Gorgeous!
    I did a similar version of this lip with Avon’s Golden Wine lipstick and Revlon’s Spice it Up gloss patted on with my finger.

  15. Fashionista911

    Pout perfection!

  16. Tami

    That is totally hawt! Can’t wait til next Tuesday:-D

  17. Wow that is just GORGEOUS! Very good job Temptalia haha. I might have to go grab that lipstick, it’s very pretty.

  18. Janet

    What a fun idea this is! I love how much each layer transforms the color and the final product is truly amazing. Thanks so much for doing this!

  19. Prime Beauty

    Really beautiful combination and I like the Benefit by it’s self too!

  20. Leslieal

    Now THIS is how you do a bold lippie. Awesome job, girl.

    PS: ICAM about a lip brush when you use dark colors. It’s a must.

  21. Jennifer

    On the Givenchy is it the “Velvet Purple” color? Cause I don’t see “Velvet Plum” there?

  22. Caroline

    That’s such a pretty lip design! I don’ think it would work on me though :(

  23. That is SO pretty. I might have to copy you. :)

  24. What awesome looks! Totally must try :)

  25. pia

    wow! totally gorgeous! must have those products!

  26. Saira

    This is gorgeous! I have Reflects Bronze glitter, so looking forward to trying it out with lipstick! I’ve always heard that the glitters can be used for lip looks but I haven’t tried it before, so great to see how it can be used.

  27. Patty

    Loooove this! I like wearing red lipstick with Rose pigment in the center, it looks kind of like this. :)

  28. Nora

    I absolutely adore this look! Way to go!

  29. Sass


    Christine, what is a MAC dupe for Benefit Competition Lipstick? I really like that color.

  30. Redhead (hi)

    That is SO the lip equivalent of Benefit I Cannes and I Will shadow. Pretty!

  31. Bridgette

    This is beautiful!

  32. Helena

    The end result is SO much more gorgeous 😀

  33. Lena

    This is the prettiest lip color that I have ever seen on you. You should create more looks like this. It’s just absolutely beautiful.

  34. Hipona

    Beautiful! Thanks!