It’s no doubt that one of the strongest makeup trends of this season were the statement lips in all shades of reds, bordeaux and we even saw violet lips. Violet it’s a special color that you can like or not (I like it a lot 🙂 ) and when worn as a make-up detail, it can be very bold and extravagant. It was seen on runway for spring 2013 at Haider Ackermann(left picture) and Bottega Veneta (right picture) as well. I will describe you how to recreate the look from Bottega Veneta, because it’s more wearable for most women. This look seems very classic and elegant at the same time. It also unite 2 trends for this winter: grey and violet!
How to achieve the violet lips makeup look
1.step – Foundation + concealer + powder
Depending on your skin type choose a foundation that will work best for your skin. Learn more about how to choose your foundation here. After having done a flawless canvas, use a concealer to cover any imperfections. Set the make-up with a powder where needed. Don’t use to much powder; it will make you look too old with a cakey finish.
2.step – Contouring
With a contour brush and a powder/compact foundation define your cheekbones. Put the brush underneath your cheek bone and blend well towards the ear to make a sculpted effect. Use a matte shade of powder that is one shade darker than your skin tone. Blend well.
3.step – Eyes
First apply a neutral light matte eyeshadow in a champagne shade on the entire lid to make an even base. Use a large fluffy eyeshadow brush and blend well. Then apply a shimmery metallic grey in the crease of the eyes and blend well, too. The best is to use a blending brush with a tapered end. Curl well the eyelashes and apply a few coats of black mascara.
4.step – Lips
Line your lips with a lip pencil and fill them with it as well. This way you will make a good base for your lipstick that will last longer. Then use a lip brush and apply the violet lipstick on top. Blot with a paper tissue and repeat with applying another layer of lipstick. Set the lips with a touch of translucent powder.
Green makeup tip Below are my suggestions for choosing the lipstick. For the violet color I have chosen Lavera lipstick n.3 in Berry violet – a rich plum shade that will look great on brunettes with brown eyes and yellow undertones. For those who don’t feel brave enough to choose a violet lipstick you can wear a true red. If you mix a true red with violet you will get a bordeaux shade that is very trendy as well. Read more about statement lips here.
5.step – Eyebrows
On the Bottega Veneta’s look the brows are bleached, which I don’t recommend to do on your own. Bleached brows are also an editorial look and so I advise you to shape your brows as naturally as possible and fill them slightly with a brow pencil in the shade of your hair.
This look will look great especially if you will wear black: an elegant evening dress or a masculine inspired pantsuit.