Red lipstick becomes each and every woman, no matter if you are blond, red-head or brunette, young and fresh or gained solid experience along with few dozen of wrinkles

Catherine Deneuve,

Susan Sarandon and Isabelle Huppert,

and Elizabeth Taylor prove it very well.

All you need is to find your perfect shade, texture. And don’t forget about most important thing – self-confidence.
But be aware that red colour looks well only on impeccably smooth lips. So before you start to paint your pout give it a proper treatment.


Polish it with Fresh‘s Sugar Lip Polish or with soft toothbrush once or twice a week and apply moisturizer on daily basis. Choose what is best for you – budget products like Vaseline‘s Lip Therapy Original or trendy expensive stuff – price doesn’t matter but your comfort is.

Red (and other vivid shades as well) needs a perfect frame. So don’t skip contouring.


Classic Maybeline‘s Color Sensational Lip Liner (shade Red) or Elizabeth Arden‘s Plump Up Lip Liner (shade Fire Red 09) will help you to do the job.

Invest in a good lip brush: precise application = sophicticated look.


Real Techniques offers Retractable Lip with synthetic bristles and Chikuhodo – T-10 with Weasels hair (we all remember that Japanese brushes are the best of the best thanks to refined makeup traditions of Noh and Kabuki theatres, right?).


If you prefer to wear classic lipstick, check Illamasqua‘s matte shade ManeaterBesame‘s vintage inspired 1931 – Carmine Lipstick or Jane‘s creamy My Pout Lipstick – Jet Setter.

Pencil-like products are worth to try too.


NYX‘s Simply Red Lip Cream (Russian Roulette shade), Bobbi Brown‘s Art Stick Liquid Lip (Cherry) or Lipstick Queen‘s Cupid’s Bow (Ovid) look very attractive.

Want to outshine each and everyone?


So BH Cosmetics Nude Rose Lip Gloss – AlexaFace Atelier‘s Lip Glaze (Kona shade) and Australis Luxe Lip Pigmented Lip Gloss (Good-times-square) can turn into your new best friends.

Here is a bright lipstick on small lips

Guilietta Masina’s makeup from Federico Fellini’s Giulietta degli spiriti is a good inspiration for girls with small lips who afraid of bright lipstick.

Because of the lightening Guilietta Masina’s lips look even brighter, but they don’t look vulgar, funny or ugly, that’s for sure.

I think Mother Nature created miss Masina perfectly: big lips would destract our attention from here soulful beautiful eyes. Guilietta Masina always inspires me to appreciate my own features and take most of them, to be yourself not somebody else. By the way I can’t imagine this ingenious Italian actress going to a beauty clinic and asking to enchance her pout, though I have nothing against fillers, botox and plastic surgery. It’s a big challenge to make people love you for who you really are but at the end it’s the best gift you can make for yourself.
If you prefer more natural makeup look another shot from Giulietta degli spiriti

Pale pink lipstick is smudged thoroughly on Guilietta’s lips.

Makeup created by talented Otello Fava for Giulietta degli spiriti is trully wonderful: it perfectly reflects the characters of each heroine of this film.
Look at Suzy (played by curvaceous Sandra Milo) – Guilietta’s alter-ego, who embodies all qualities and desires, which Guilietta hides deep inside.

And yes, thin eyeliner can look even more dramatic than thick.

Ideas for Halloween makeup or from Russia with horror

Halloween is on the way, so It’ll be a lot sculls and bones around but I believe that quite simple makeup with right accessories can make your appearence more striking and even scary than all that anatomical theatre’s stuff.
And here is the proof – the shot from mystique, mesmerizing and very stylish Russian movie Gospodin oformitel (I would translate the title as The Decorator).

This film tells about talented artist who created waxen dummy-girl and how later on his creature managed to enchant people around her and made them believe she’s a real human being. The story happens in Saint-Petersburg at the beginning of the XX century, few years before Revolution of 1917, the time when Russian Decadence art blossomed.
This makeup doesn’t require a lot of makeup stuff – just black eyeshadows and eyeliner, red lipstick and face powder. It’s all about harsh contrasts: black eyes, very pale skin and bloody red lips.

Black scarf and hat will add a lot of drama to your look.

Effect of melted vax looks great for Halloween party but to recreate it you need a help of professional makeup artist. You can try to do it yourself using few layers of peel-off mask (like Cucumber Peel-Off Mask by Freeman or any others of this kind) but there is no garantee that result will worth all your efforts.

Doll’s face with blood streaks looks pretty scary too (dolls and dummies often look scary, don’t they). You can try to recreate this look using theatrical makeup (you can check and buy it here and there) or you can paint those streaks using waterproof red lipstick, red lip liner and different makeup brushes. By the way applying fantasy makeup you learn a lot about your face structure and at the end of the day you will see how your daily makeup routine benefits of this knowledge and experience.

Still consider your heavy eyelids a problem?

Here is another inspiration for you: French belle Anouk Aimee in The Appointmet movie. Of course, comparing to Charlotte Rampling Anouk Aimee’s eyes are not hooded at all, but outer corners of her upper eyelids are quite heavy, so makeup artists lifted them using contouring technique.

It will be easy to recreate Anouk Aimee’s makeup with Limited Edition Greige Eye Palette by Bobbi Brown. And 275 Medium Angled Shading Brush by M.A.C or budget version Studio Angled Contour Brush от e.l.f will help you to contour your eyelids and blend eyeshadows properly.


Few words about hooded eyes

Brilliant makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin wrote in his Face Forward book: “If you read or hear the words “never” or “always” in a makeup book or at cosmetic counter, run in opposite direction. Makeup should be fun, not fascist”. Unfortunately not all of his colleagues share his point of view. For example, some of makeup artists advise girls with hooded eyes to forget about eyeliners, dark eyeshadows, use pale eyeshadows and mascara only and concentrate on their lips (girls with hooded eyes and small lips should vanish, I suppose).

What can I say about this?

Just look at Charlotte Rampling’s portrait made for NARS Audacious Lipstick compain and forget all that jazz.

Charlotte has very hooded eyes indeed. You can see it clearly at the shot from Luchino Visconti’s movie La caduta degli dei / The Damned.

Another Charlotte’s shot from  La caduta degli day / The Damned shows you how to contour heavy eyelids.

Austrian beauty Romi Schneider had heavy eyelids too, but, as you can see at these shots from Max et les ferrailleurs, they don’t hide eyeliner and eyeshadows completely.

Of course, Romi Schneider’s makeup from Max et les ferrailleurs is not a good example to follow (Romi played a prostitute in this movie), but you can adjust it applying eyeshadows not till eyebrows but till the eye crease.

Many Asian girl have hooded eyelids but see how elegant eyeliner looks on Maggie Cheung’s eyes in Kar Wai Wong’s In the Mood for Love movie.