My Special Occasion Look: Red Lips

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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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?

The applicator for the Rouge Allure Laques is really cool – it’s curved in a way that makes application easy! It’s a very lush red, yes!

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.

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!

LOL! Soon! It took me awhile to get around to cropping the photos, but it will be soon! 🙂

Thank you! When I was younger, 24 was my “perfect age.” We’ll see about that!

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. 🙂

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!

I know! I don’t get it. It’s more like magenta than red. I don’t think my natural lip color as too pigmented, but I’ll try your suggestions, thank you.

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.

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 =)

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!

Yep, today is my birthday! We went out to dinner last night to celebrate, since I have class until evening tonight. I didn’t like the idea of rushing home, rushing to get ready, and rushing to a restaurant, so I figured to do it a day early.

Thank you! 🙂

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!

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?

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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??

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 !

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.

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!

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!

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


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!

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!

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 (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)

Thanks so much, Fiona! They are permanent and have always been 🙂 Stunt is the only one that is limited edition (which just came out).

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! 🙂

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.

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?

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.

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?

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?

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!

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

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?

I love the lips! I have 2 questions!

1) Where can you get the Chanel lip products? Nordstroms doesn’t carry them online anymore!

2) How do you keep your red lips from bleeding. I have bleed issues everytime I wear red, but not with other colors!

I still see them on Nordstrom?! I don’t have issues with red lips bleeding usually, but you could use a red lip liner or clear lip liner 🙂

See? Brown/bronzey smoky eyes can ALWAYS go with strong red lips. Look at Siouxsie Sioux, she’s been working the strong eye/strong (red) lip combo for most of her life.

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