"You're gonna have to face it, you're addicted to love"
Ever since I first saw it as a child, I've been fascinated by the iconic music video for Robert Palmer's Addicted to Love. I don't think I saw his other videos like Simply Irresistible until I was a lot older. I always thought the women in the videos were so cool and glamorous . It could very well be where my obsession with red lips originated. I first tried this makeup look for a Halloween party almost 12 years ago and I've wanted to recreate it for my blog for a long time. I finally got around to it yesterday. I was having a bad week and I wanted to wear some makeup that made me feel powerful. That's what red lipstick does for me. The combination of the sculpting blush, strong brows, smoky winged out eyes and glossy red lips made me feel incredible. I highly recommend trying it if you're not feeling great, as ridiculous as it may sound, it made a huge difference to my mood.
I examined the two videos and the makeup is very slightly different on each of the models. I wasn't trying to exactly recreate the makeup but more adapting it in a more modern way to suit me.
It's clearly not an inclusive music video by any means as all of the women have fair skin. The makeup is quite full on which I love but if you know me, you know I'm not a fan of heavy coverage but I wanted to stay true to the makeup in the video so I mixed two of the high coverage foundations in my collection. The bareMinerals BAREPRO is probably one of the lightest fair foundations that I own and it's probably better suited to oily skin types so I mixed it with the Estée Lauder Futurist as it's a slightly darker shade and more hydrating formula.
I sculpted my face using the Fenty Match Stix in Amber to contour and then the Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer in Baked almost as a sculpting blush just under my cheekbones. I then applied Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk to further sculpt the sides of my face and I left my cheeks bare. I applied some on my temples too in the space between the tail of my eyebrow and the arch. It's a typically seventies and eighties way to apply blush and I tried to tone it down a bit but it doesn't look as strong in the photos as it did in person but that's probably a good thing if you were looking to make this look more "wearable". Although I really do love the strong contouring blush look.
I made my brows quite strong and actually used three products to do so. I firstly filled them in with a thin crayon, the Urban Decay Brow Beater and intensified the darkness with the Inked Brow gel and finally brushed them into place and added some volume with Glossier Boy Brow. Looking at the photos after I can see a slight gap that I should have filled under the arch on one of my brows but that's ok, my makeup is never perfect.
It's hard to tell from the stills of the video what eyeshadow shades were used so I decided to go with a mixture of different shades of brown and then some black to intensify the outer corner. You could also have used blacks and greys but I thought the browns suited me better. I started with a pale shade all over my eyelids and then a medium toned brown in my crease and winged it out. Then I used the Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion on my outer corner both on my lower and upper lash line and blended it out into a wing. I then used the matte black eyeshadow over that winged out shape and gradually built it up until I was happy with the intensity of colour and the shape. I used two different browns to blend out the black and soften it.
I haven't done my eyes like this in such a long time, I was actually nervous thinking I'd mess it up but I absolutely love how it turned out. I think this smoky winged out eye would be so flattering for so many people. Using brown along with the black just made everything much softer and more flattering. I applied lots of the Le Volume de Chanel mascara is it's the most volumising mascara I currently have in my collection. I cleaned up under my eyes and made them as bright as possible by using both the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye which has amazing pigment to cover dark circles and then the bareMinerals bareSkin Concealer on top of that.
Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
*bareMinerals BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation (Fair 01)
Estée Lauder Futurist Hydra Rescue Moisturizing Makeup (1N0 Porcelain)
Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick (Amber)
Milk Makeup Matte Bronzer (Baked)
Glossier Cloud Paint Cream Blush (Dusk)
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter (1 Fair)
Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler
*Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
*Urban Decay Brow Beater (Dark Drapes)
*Urban Decay Inked Brow (Dark Drapes)
Glossier Boy Brow Grooming Pomade (Brown)
*Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Palette (Slow, Nudie, Faith, Lookout and Blackjack) Currently out of stock but the Born to Run palette has very similar shades
*Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Perversion)
Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Mascara
*IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer (Light/ Ultra Fair)
*bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Fair)
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder (1 Fair)
Pixi Glow Mist
No7 Precision Lips Pencil (Red)
Lisa Eldridge True Velvet Lipstick Colour (Velvet Morning)
Glossier Lip Gloss (Clear)
To finish the look I applied a small amount of Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter on my cheekbones, bridge of my nose and cupids bow and then powdered the centre of my face with the Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder. I tried this powder for the first time this week after my friend Andreea sent it to me because it was too light on her. So many people I know have raved about it to me over the past few years and I can finally see what all the fuss was about, it really is a gorgeous powder.
I had a few options for my lips but in the end I decided on a matte lipstick with a clear gloss on top. In the video, the women are wearing quite a bright, almost orange red, so I used Lisa Eldridge Velvet Morning and topped it with the clear lip gloss from Glossier for a vinyl lipstick look. I lined the edges of my lips with a slightly darker more classic red liner.
I'm so happy with how it turned out, like I said for some reason I was nervous to try this, mostly because I hadn't worn a smoky eye in a long time I was convinced I would mess it up, but I took my time with the blending and I loved how it looked. This eye look would be great with a more neutral lipstick or gloss too but I just adore how empowering it is to wear glossy red lips with strong eye makeup.
What do you think of this look? Would you wear it all together or is there one element you prefer?
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