Fall Makeup: Go Red with Neutrals

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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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.

Whoa!!!
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 🙂

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.

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.

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!).

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

Hmm, I have never really had that problem… I have no idea how to combat it – other than maybe smooshing your lips together?

beautiful!
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…

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?

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 🙂

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?

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.

this IS a great red on you… would this be considered a blue-red? Can pale cool gals pull Gwen off as easily as someone with your coloring? Dying to jump on the red bandwagon! 🙂

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?

1. Did you do a Maleficent?? If so how did I miss that..she’s like my fav villian.

2. I love the red lips and you know how to pull off the vampy lip color as well. I have never seen a post on here about a look you’ve done that I’ve ever hated. 😉

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