A matte pink lip for summer? Yes, please!


Golly gosh. Isn’t this a perfectly sweet look? The smudged, sexily-defined eyes, the messy-but-still-bold brows and the pop of watermelon pink on the lips – it’s a tonne of pretty all wrapped up into one package, and possibly one of the best spring/summer looks to come off the New York Fashion Week runway.

Want to know more about this winning eye and lip combo? Dying to find out the exact colours used to create that divine matte pink lip? We have the answers…

THE KAREN WALKER S/S 2013 LOOK: classic beauty mixed with a little futuristic flair; feminine yet modern at the same time. The complexion is smooth with porcelain skin, eyes are effortlessly defined and the lips are given a matte, pastel pink finish.

THE CREATOR: Jenna Menard, Clinique’s global colour artist.

On the face… “The skin should be flawless, matte and smooth,” says Jenna. “To achieve a porcelain finish, use a foundation shade one shade lighter than the natural skin tone. Dab and blend the foundation with a brush, and top with powder in a slightly lighter shade for a matte finish. For subtle contour and definition, apply a matte bronzer just below the cheekbone.”
Try:Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15, Clinique Stay Matte Sheer Pressed Powder and Clinique Superbalanced Powder Bronzer.

On the eyes… “Using a black eye liner, apply a very fine line along the bottom lash line, corner to corner. Smudge the outer corner only with a clean shadow brush, leaving the inner corner thin and more precise,” says Jenna. “Layered on top of the liner, dust the dark eye shadow to help create an effortless but polished smudged look.  Apply one coat of waterproof mascara on top lashes and use the Bottom Lash Mascara micro mini brush to define lower lashes.”
Try:Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense in Intense Ebony, Clinique Color Surge Eye Shadow Stay Matte in Midnight, Clinique High Impact Extreme Waterproof in Black and Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara in Black.

On the lips… “This intense pastel pink colour applied with precise edges adds a feminine touch,” says Jenna. “To add dimension and create a matte finish, lightly dust a mixture of light pink and lavender eye shadow on top of the intense lip colour.”
Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Watermelon and Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow in Lucky Penny.

Do you think this NYFW runway look is the perfect make-up for summer? Would you recreate this Karen Walker S/S ’13 look on yourself? Are you a fan of bold lips?

PS. Check out another winning New York Fashion Week look: J Mendel’s girlish, fresh smoky eye.

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