Katie is a friend that I seriously admire. She works with my husband as a high school ministry director, and I have to say that if there’s one word to describe her it’s energy. Katie’s got an unparelled talent for being able to speak in public on a moment’s notice, get a crowd going under any circumstances, and put a positive spin on nearly anything. Katie is a classic extrovert, and she’s the first to organize game nights, community dinners, New Year’s Eve champagne parties, and she’s always the first one to raise a glass for a toast. She loves to have a good time.
So when Katie let me know that she’d be going to a fancy Christmas soiree (that may or may not have been hosted by a vocal trainer on a certain little show called Glee), and that she wanted me to do her makeup for said soiree, I admittedly got a bit nervous. I mean, what kind of makeup do you go with to reflect such a great personality? And seeings that it was a pretty swank party Katie was headed to, how do I take things up a notch without going overboard? And on top of that, Katie sticks to a consistent routine of bronzer and mascara (and she doesn’t need more, anyhow). What’s a little more without being a bit too much?
Let me tell you this: If you have good teeth (which Katie has in spades), and if you’re not typically seen with bright makeup on, the absolute easiest and most high-impact answer to the above questions is a red lip. Or pink or orange or plum, quite honestly. A statement lip– we’ll just call it that. Katie was a tad worried about going with this at first because her teeth and lips are such stand-out features of hers; she didn’t want to feel like she was all lip! The best solution for this is not found in adding heavy eyeshadow or eyeliner (which can look overdone on top of a bright lip), but rather by adding some great false eyelashes. Don’t overspend on these; Ardell’s from the drugstore are amazing! I used the Glamour Demi Wispies in Black on Katie, as this is my go-to pair for myself and for brides. I dusted a champagne shadow on Katie’s lids (I believe I used Dior’s 5-Couleurs palette in Earth Reflection, or it could’ve been MAC’s eyeshadow in All That Glitters) and then lined just the outer corners of her eyes in deep brown shade for extra definition. Lining the lids in powder shadow helps soften any harsh false lash lines, too. I used the shimmery ivory shade in my Dior palette to highlight the inner corners of Katie’s eyes as a tribute to Blake Lively (whom I think Katie looks like!). I dotted the same shadow on a blush brush and tapped a bit onto Katie’s cheeks, and used her MAC bronzer for some light contouring. With a red lip, I don’t typically add blush because it competes too much with the lipcolor, so we left it at just highlighting and contouring.
I had Katie moisturize her lips while I worked on her face and eyes. A good way to prep your lips for lipstick is by exfoliating them is gently with a toothbrush, but we skipped that and just had her saturate them in balm. I used MakeUpForEver’s lipliner in Red 8C, and filled in her lips first with MAC’s Russian Red by using a lip brush (from SkinMarket … DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THAT PLACE?!). I then had Katie blot, and filled her lips in again by using NARS’ Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl (a real fire engine red). I then placed just a touch of Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer on the cupid’s bow and on the inner corners of the lips. Creating the perfectly-shaped statement lip is still something I’m working on; it’s harder for me than the most complicated eyeshadow. Many professional makeup artists like to use a primer under lipstick (yes, an eyeshadow primer) and additionally like to dust translucent powder on top for extra staying powder. However, in Katie’s case, I didn’t want things to get unbearably dry. It was her first time doing a red lip, and matte lipstick can feel like cement if you aren’t used to it. I’ll save the primer and powder for when I do Lupita Nyong’O’s makeup for the Academy Awards. Right.
So, the final product: How amazeballs does Katie look?! I was so, so pleased with the whole package. With just a few curls in her hair (at her own hand), Katie was pure holiday magic. I know I’ve been slow to crank out a post yet this year, but I sort of like that this first post of 2014 is a throwback to party season. Everyone likes a fresh start with a new year, but at the same time I’m convinced that we still wish party season could continue well past January (minus the party planning). And, I mean, party season sort of does continue past January with AWAAAAAAAAAAAAARDS SEASON. Consider this makeup I’ve done for Katie my own teeny tiny contribution to the 2014 Awards Season, and just a little something to hold you over while I work on my Golden Globes post! Thanks, Katie! You look phenomenal! xo, MR