If you follow my blog, you know I inherited Mme Mère’s love of lipstick, particularly red lipstick.
It makes me feel powerful and in charge. Mme Mère believed that life does not trifle with a woman wearing red lipstick, and I believe she was right, so…..I’m not taking any chances.
However, there’s yet another reason to love red lipstick that has NOTHING to do with lips and EVERYTHING to do with eyes. Professional makeup artists have been using red lipstick under the eyes for years to correct dark circles and discoloration. Sound crazy? Not at all.
|FYI: P (primary color); S (secondary color); T (tertiary color)|
Take a look at this color wheel. No self-respecting Image or Color Consultant would be without one. The colors green and red are directly opposite each other, making them complementary. When you put green over red or the reverse, they neutralize each other.
The skin under your eyes is thin and delicate and becomes more so with age. Most discoloration in that area tends to be blue-green, the color of your veins. Directly opposite blue-green on the wheel is red-orange, which means that the best color to neutralize blue-green is red-orange. So, you want to choose a red lipstick with orange in it, rather than violet. Make sense now?
Well, here’s a great tutorial from beauty expert Deepica Mutyala to show you exactly how it’s done, after which I’ll give you some helpful hints.
Helpful Hint #1:
For those of you with medium to fair skin, you should look for a shade of lipstick in the peach family. You will find that the color that works best will depend on the intensity of the shade (pale to bright). Paula Dorf cosmetics used to make a wonderful peach-colored, under-eye concealer that worked like a charm. Unfortunately, as is so often the case with favorite products, they discontinued it.
Helpful Hint #2:
Here’s a trick I learned from a retired model friend of mine, who has all sorts of makeup tricks up her sleeve for women our age.
A sweep of a slightly yellow shadow, such as Laura Mercier’s Buttercream, under the entire eye area looks more natural and flattering than the too-light concealer that often results in a whitish ring under the eyes. Give it a try and see if you don’t love the effect.
Laura Mercier’s Star Fruit in a lustrous, pale yellow-gold is my favorite way to highlight my eyes for evening.
First, I sweep it under the arch of my brow to the end of my brow to highlight the whole eye.
Then, I add a vertical smudge from lash line to crease right in the center of my eyelid to highlight the gold rim around my green eyes.
Finally, I dab it in the inner corner of my eyelid and just a touch under the outer corner to reflect light onto my eyes. It's all very subtle and very effective.
Helpful Hint #3
Over time, your favorite red lipstick becomes flattened and loses its shape making it difficult to create that perfect Cupid’s bow, unless you use a lipstick brush, which I highly recommend but realize that a busy woman does not have time to reapply her lipstick with a brush every time she needs a touch up. So, here’s an old trick that I learned from Mme Mère to restore lipstick to its original, pristine shape.
Soften your lipstick by holding it over (not too near) an open flame.
Once soft, reshape with a spoon and allow to harden. Voilà!!! Suddenly, your lipstick and your lips have a new lease on life.