Bold nude: my must-have lip color for fall

A killer lip color is a must-have for fall. Over the years I’ve loved such a huge variety of shades during this time of the year: everything from MAC Cyber (a vampy purple) to Ruby Woo (a festive red) to Velvet Teddy (a feminine deep beige).

This year I am loving something entirely different.

My lipstick of choice is MAC’s Persistence, a peachy cinnamon shade. It’s a fresh, bold take on a classic nude lip that tends to wash me out.

I love, love, loooove how Persistence warms up the face in one or two easy swipes for an effortless blotted look. It’s sultry, but not in a way that is overly femme, or overbearing at all.

Lately I have been pairing Persistence with a lightly defined eye and coral-hued blush for an inviting autumn daytime look. Fall is the perfect time to experiment with your appearance–both in therms of beauty and fashion–and Persistence definitely does a good job of serving fall vibes I crave without looking too basic, too mainstream or like I tried too hard.

Products I used:

(My review on both of the Milk Makeup products coming soon to Haute Mess!)

Step 1: Prep the skin by applying Mattifying Gel Moisturizer evenly to the t-zone, working towards the outer perimeter of the face. Apply Balm Dotcom to the lips.

Step 2: Using the same technique used to apply Mattifying Gel Moisturizer, apply a light layer of BB Cream. If necessary, apply an additional layer where more coverage is needed.

Step 3: Conceal the under eyes, blemishes and redness with Stretch. Blend with the fingers.

Step 4: With the coordinating brush, add Wowder to the under-eye area to set the concealer, as well as the T-zone.

Step 5: “Melt” makeup into the skin with a generous amount of Boscia’s setting spray. Allow it to dry.

Step 6: Carve out the cheekbones by using the fingers to apply a small amount of Cloud Paint. Begin application from the upper corner of the ear, working downwards diagonally. Tap with the fingers to blend.

Step 7:  To intensify the contour, apply NARS’ Laguna bronzing powder with a contour brush. Then, apply a small amount of Laguna to the temples and along the hairline with the contour brush.

Step 8: Using the contour brush in a circular, buffing motion, blend any harsh lines left on the cheeks from the bronzing powder.

Step 9: With the product that is left on the brush from contouring the cheeks, apply some bronzing powder under the center of the lip for a subtle plumping effect.

Step 10: Apply GALifornia (with the included brush) to the apples of the cheeks to brighten up the look.

Step 11: In a “C” shape along the orbital eye bone to the cheekbone, apply Holographic Highlighting Powder with a setting brush. Tap along the edges with the fingers to blend. Add a little Holographic Highlighting Powder to the cupid’s bow.

Step 12: Add more setting spray to the newly highlighted areas and allow to dry.

Step 13: Beginning in the center of each brow and working towards the inner and outer corners, apply Boy Brow in an upward motion. Add a second coat if needed.

Step 14: Apply Eye Vinyl to each eyelid using the fingers *instead* of applying it directly from the dispenser to the eyelids. This allows for a dewy daytime look as opposed to a harsh editorial-style look.

Step 15: With the setting brush apply Holographic Highlighting Powder to the brow bone as well as the inner corner of the eye.

Step 16: After combing and curling the eyelashes apply two coats of mascara to both the upper and lower lashes.

Step 17: Apply two layers of Persistence to the lips.


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