Makeup Tips & Tricks

Summer Red Lip

I’m a firm believer in dressing up for every occasion possible.
Fourth of July is no exception.
I did this look on Lacy the other day and fell in love with it. Today, I was gonna post about all about her extensions but I realized I better show you this first so you’ll have time to prep to be this sexy while you celebrate America. To all of my non-American readers, you’re still gonna look amazing and you can always celebrate “Red Lipstick Day” on July 4th instead.

Perfect summer red.
Tickled Blush | Wispies Lashes | Perversion Liner | Showstopper Lipstick | Clip-Ins

This look was so simple! First I HAC-ed (shocking, I know) using the tickled for her blush, next I lined her eyes (just in the inner rims) with black liner.
I added lashes that really made her eyes pop without having to use more shadow (cause I didn’t want it to fight with the lips). Next I lined her pout with this, (but any dark red liner will do) and topped them off with Showstopper. Then spray (my fav setting spray) to set it. If you’re like me and your teeth slightly jut out of your mouth you’ll probably want to check your smile a few times to make sure your teeth aren’t hogging all the lipstick. It really kills the drama:)

I’m flying to New York on Monday for my Allure photo shoot and I CANNOT WAIT! I’ll try to smuggle my camera into the backstage and get some inside info for you all. Vegas is supposed to be something like 11500000000 degrees this weekend so I’ll probably be hanging out by the sprinklers until my flight.
Happy Friday!


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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    June 28, 2013 at 4:25 am

    Hope you have fun next week! What color was that Mac lip liner in?

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      June 28, 2013 at 5:50 am

      I was wondering too. Is it Redd? Thanks and have fun!

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        June 28, 2013 at 6:07 am

        It’s MAC Brick!

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    June 28, 2013 at 4:38 am

    You know i love me a great red lip! lol You did a wonderful job on this makeover! How exciting, have fun in NYC next week! Can’t wait to read all about it! xoxo Carla K

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    June 28, 2013 at 5:12 am

    sexyyyyy!!! <3

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    June 28, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Gorg. As usual! Can you please recommend a red lipstick for WOC?

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    Emily (@SassyinSequins)
    June 28, 2013 at 5:18 am

    I love red lips and they’re perfect for the 4th! I have a great red, white and blue outfit planned!

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    June 28, 2013 at 5:25 am

    so pretty! i love it

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    June 28, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Really pretty! And hope you have a safe and super, fun trip next week!

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    June 28, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Beautiful!! What color and type of Laced extensions is Lacy wearing? I want to order some, and my hair is the same color as hers. Have fun Monday!!!

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      June 28, 2013 at 6:50 am

      Thanks Shannon! I’m wearing he ombré 8/613 color!! I just toned them to match my exact color!

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        June 28, 2013 at 8:45 am

        Well darn – I was afraid you’d say that – I’m not sure my stylist is capable of doing that. Guess I need to get my butt to Vegas!

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          June 28, 2013 at 11:05 am

          Shannon, I would totally tone them for you, it’s so easy! And I can use what I used on my ends!! Email me [email protected]

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    June 28, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Cara. You’re dreamy. Come do my makeup everyday.. Excited to see the rest of these pics.. xoxo

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      June 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Where can we find out more about the extensions? The website doesn’t seem to say a whole lot and I’m really interested!

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    June 28, 2013 at 7:17 am

    So pretty! She looks like Christina Applegate!

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    June 28, 2013 at 8:10 am

    I’m excited for your photo shoot! BTW the hair looks awesome. I love it!

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    June 28, 2013 at 8:12 am

    That Lacy is one gorgeous girl.

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    June 28, 2013 at 9:03 am

    You have such great timing! I’m going to a 4th of July party tomorrow. I love the eyelashes. It really compliments the drama of the lips without distracting from them.

    I’m so jealous of the extensions! I hate my hair cut and I’m going to lose a lot of length fixing it but thick red hair isn’t really compatible with the color matching and added volume from extensions.

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      June 28, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Oh and have a FANTASTIC time in New York. Have you been there before? I can’t wait to hear about what you get to do. Enjoy it, you earned it.

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    June 28, 2013 at 9:33 am

    Get that natural sun glow going this weekend for your photo shoot! Enjoy your trip, Cara! 😉

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    June 28, 2013 at 10:49 am

    This is a lovely look! Can’t wait to try it!

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    Erin Barrow
    June 28, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Excited for you – you were honestly my top vote every week!! i enjoy your before and afters, would LOVE to see some people of color receive the benefits of your Fab makeovers! I <3 NY, know you will too!

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    Cindy Ames
    June 28, 2013 at 11:25 am

    I’m in NYC for my grand baby’s blessing. It’s hot and muggy, so bring lightweight clothes. Have a fantastic time and fun at the photo shoot.

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    June 28, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Love it! I always find red lips so hard with my fair, freckled, ginger tendencies. I can’t ever seem to find the right shade. Someday, in the land of the awesome, I will come to Las Vegas and you will show me how to achieve all those fabulous looks I can’t ever seem to do.

    Also – which setting spray do you prefer? The NYX Dewy or the Urban Decay All-Nighter??? I have the NYX and I really like it, but still have some issues with my nose getting slippery-looking. I wonder if the Urban Decay spray would perform any better, but I’m afraid to buy it until I’m out of the NYX.

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      June 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      You might try a “not quite red” red. Which shade would work depends on your undertones but I’m a fair redhead and I’ve found that a really pinky red (almost half way between hot pink and red) works best on me. They look hot pink in the tube and then read as red on my face. I assume that would work with super saturated corals as well.

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    June 28, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    Gorgeous look!

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    Maddy Cane
    June 28, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    So beautiful, the whole look is gorgeous! xxx
    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD 

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    June 28, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Love the look! Have fun in NYC!

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    June 28, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Love the entire look… I always fear red lips because of my skin tone. I need to experiment more! Enjoy your trip!

    XO RTC

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    June 28, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Oooh I’m going to do this for Canada Day this weekend! Thanks!

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    June 28, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    OMG! Red lips are my favorite! I agree one needs to stay alert for lipstick teeth. Hope you have a safe and enjoyable trip.

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    June 28, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    do you live in Vegas or just visiting?? either way, I need your help!! I live in Vegas on Nellis AFB and would love makeup help!!

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      June 29, 2013 at 7:01 am

      She’s based in Las Vegas. If you click the pink “MAKE ME OVER” button in the right hand margin you can see the details.

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    June 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    I think since the weather has been ridiculously hot, we need a tutorial on hot weather makeup and hair! My face and hair get so greasy within hours.. It doesn’t make getting ready worth it when it’s this hot. Haha

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    June 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Hahaha “…it really hogs the drama” so funny

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    June 29, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Your friend looks so gorgeous especially with the right makeup and item. You are really a good makeup artist. It is so nice that her eye makeup did not overshadow her lips and overall makeup looks good as they complement each other. Showstopper is really good lipstick and MAC brick is totally cool to use.

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    June 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Cara, I love your blog and follow your advice religiously. You are a genius! I’m 31 and have never worn lip color, usually just a gloss. But now, I think I need a bit of color but every time I buy one, I hate it- just feels so unnatural. How do you suggest choosing the right lip color? Thanks in advance!

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      whiter lighter
      September 13, 2016 at 10:52 am

      i love those eyelashes, her look is so soft but captivating

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    June 30, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Hi there! I was wondering if you could talk a bit about SHAPES of eyebrows to try for different faces and TECHNIQUES for using pencils, etc. I have been changing my eyebrow routine up because of your awesome blog. But in the morning, I’m not quite sure about these two things.

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