Classic Red Lip Makeup Tutorial with Esther of The Sisters Florist

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 We’re back with the next installment in our red lip makeup series and the lovely Esther of The Sisters At Engadine Florist.

Today, the  look is all about classic makeup with a classic red lip- beautiful, elegant and versatile to almost every style of wedding. This look is simply stunning and a classic red lipstick style, is always beautiful at a traditional style wedding or just for the bride that has more of a classic, clean style but still wants the vibrant touch of glamour that a red lip can give.

The dream team is back again – Photographs by Amy Nelson Blain, makeup artist Megan Vaughan of Makeup By Megan, hair stylist Melissa Cauchi of Melissa Cauchi Hairdressing with jewels from Samantha Wills.

Now it’s over to Megan for her tips on how to get this look for yourself.


Begin with a clean, fresh canvas. I cleanse all my clients skin with Bioderma Crealine on a cotton pad. Make sure that all makeup is removed from the face including any mascara and eyeliner caught in the lash line.


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This is where most girls reach for their eye creams and moisturisers. Too much product sitting on the skin under the makeup decreases the longevity and increases the chance of shine and creasing later on. Unless my client has extremely dry skin I will never moisturise AND prime. If this is a concern, purchase a primer with moisturising properties. My favourite is Make Up Store Skin Serum. It is enriched with ginko, bilboa and rosemary to give you an even and silky base.


Beauty Blender, M.A.C  130 Brush, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, M.A.C Moisturecover Concealer, M.A.C Blotting Powder, Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Linen, Urban Decay Matte Eyeshadows in Cobra, Secret Service, Blackout + Buck, M.A.C Fluidline in Blacktrack, Dior DiorShow Waterproof Mascara in  Black, Eylure Naturalites False Lashes: Evening Wear , Laura Mercier Brow Definer: Soft,  Harlotte Blush in Frisky Pink, Benefit Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Highlighter, Benefit Bronzer in Hoola, Make Up For Ever Waterproof Lip Liner Pencil: 9C, Model Co Party Proof Lipstick in After Hours, Model Co Beauty Fix Airbrush Face


Using a Beauty Blender , sponge a light coat of foundation on to the face starting from the nose and blending outwards across the cheeks and onto the ear lobes, down over the lips, under the chin, and onto the beginning of the neck, and then up over the eyebrows and forehead into the hairline. The general rule when applying foundation is to begin where you need the most product (which is the middle of the face) and blend outwards so the coverage becomes sheerer and blends into nothing when it reaches the outer parameter of your face. This will ensure you don’t get those attractive foundation lines around the ears, jaw and neck, and that cakey makeup look in your hair line. Once this is done, load your foundation brush (my favourite is MAC 130 ) with the same foundation and go back over any areas that require a little more coverage.


Using your concealer brush (or fingers if that is your preference) lightly dab foundation on the dark areas on and around your eyes, in the creases of your nose around the nostrils, and on any impurities/discolourations including blemishes, veins, pigmentation, rosacea etc. Remember less is more. Slowly build your coverage until you reach the desired level and blend the edges to ensure you can’t distinguish where you have concealed.

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The secret to eye makeup longevity is to stop the natural oil secretion on your eyelids from breaking down and moving the makeup. The best way to achieve this is by applying an eye base or primer. My favourite is Laura Mercier Eye Basics. Pat this onto the lid before applying your eye shadow and eyeliner and your eye makeup will not move.

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Apply your preferred foundation and conceal.

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Base the eye and lightly dust the lid with blotting powder to ease blending. Apply a dark chocolate brown shadow to the lid.

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Blend a black shadow into the lower outer corner.

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Blend a soft brown shadow into the crease.

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Blend the same soft brown shadow into the lower lash line.

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Draw a black liquid line from the inner corner of the lid to the outer, ensuring the line is as thin as possible from the inner corner to the middle of the lid, then gradually reaches your desired maximum thickness at the outer corner.

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If you are using a pen, hold it an angle, pointing downward and use a light hand as pressing gives an overly thick line. If you are using a brush, choose one that is fine and dense, rest your elbow on the table to steady your hand, and hold your eyelid taunt to eliminate creases. If you have deep-set eyes or heavy lids you will need to keep your eyes closed until the liner dries to avoid it smudging.


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Curl the top lashes and apply a coat of waterproof mascara top and bottom.

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Measure your strip lashes against the width of your lash line and trim accordingly. The correct size should start where your lashes naturally begin at the inner corner of your eye, and stop just a few millimetres short of where your natural lashes finish at the outer corner. Having the lashes extend too far into and/or past the outer corner of your natural lash line will drag your eyes down instead of lifting them up.

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Apply a drop of lash glue onto the back of your hand and gently run the rim of the strip lash through it, paying special attention to the beginning and end.

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Wait for the glue to become tacky when touched, then gently position the lashes a couple of millimetres down from the lash roots, inner corner to outer corner.

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Once the lashes are positioned correctly, slide them up and into place at the lash root, in the natural gap between your lash line and eyelid.


Applying strip lashes takes practice! Allow enough time to ensure you are not stressed and running late as you attempt to apply them, and do not be discouraged if it takes a few attempts to get it right. I recommend buying a few practise pairs to play with in the lead-up to your special event. Like everything in life, practice makes perfect!


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Apply a second coat of waterproof mascara pressing the faux lashes into your natural lashes.

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Brush brows upward and emphasize the shape using a brow pencil, gel, powder, or an eye shadow as close to your natural colour as possible. Elongate them slightly towards the outer corner.

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For a bronzed look, lightly sweep blotting powder along your cheekbones, temple, onto your forehead, down your jaw line, chin and the tip of your nose. Now just like the shape of a 3 sweep your bronzer from the temple, around the eye socket, and onto the cheekbone, back up the cheekbone, and down the jaw line. Then lightly sweep across the chin, tip of the nose and forehead.


ALWAYS apply a LIGHT dusting of blotting paper where you intend to place powder products to create a smooth blending surface and prevent the colour from grabbing onto the foundation. Choose a bronzer no more than two to three shades darker than your natural skin tone and blend thoroughly. Try to find a matte bronzer for a more natural and less obvious appearance. The key to bronzing accurately is to apply the product where the sun hits the face naturally.


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Apply a barely there soft pink powder blush to the apples of your cheeks.

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Lightly dab a cream or liquid highlighter along the top of the cheek bones, onto your tear ducts and cupids bow.

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Take your time drawing a perfect symmetrical lip line with a sharp red lip pencil. Apply a single coat of red lip tint inside the pencil line, and colour over it with the pencil. Use the side of a firm bristled lip brush to apply your favourite red lipstick (I love a bright orange red for this look). Begin by tracing the lip liner outline at the cupids bow. Then, while smiling to elongate the lips and create firm lines, start on the inside of the mouth at the outer corners and trace the lip liner until you meet it. Do the same to the bottom lip and fill them in. Gently blot your lips on a tissue and re-apply.


Place your lip liner in the freezer to firm it up before sharpening it. Experiment with different shades of red lipstick on the tip of your finger to find one that suits your colouring.


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Spray a fixing agent onto the face to keep the look in place.



Parlux 3200 Ionic Hairdryer (available at Ry Online) , Joico Joiwhip Firm Hold Mousse, Joico Protect + Shine Serum, Scunci Bobby Pins, Joico Powerspray Finishing Spray,  Joico KPAK Restorative Styling Oil, Scunci Hair band, Babybliss Ceramic Hot Rollers (available at Ry Online),

You can’t beat this classic updo. Achievable on all hair types. Even if your hair only just makes it into a ponytail! This look is best created on day old or two day old hair.

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Apply a small ball of mousse to the hair and blowdry completely dry. Set a part in the hair.

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Set hair in hot rollers (or tong) away from the parting.

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Allow to cool completely and run your fingers through to separate and smooth with some styling serum for shine.

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Divide the hair into two sections from ear to ear and create a ponytail with the back section. Clip the front part out of the way so you can work neatly.

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Ponytail should be on opposite side to part or straight back.

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Separate sections of ponytail with some styling serum and secure each piece with bobby pins.

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Smooth front sections with you fingers and gently brush them in to place, with all the hair going towards the elastic band. Secure with booby pins and set with hairspray.

For a quick achievable variation on this style for everyday, again you can skip the setting stage, have fun experimenting with different partings, adding accessories.
For a bohemian look, braid the front section (the messier the better).

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A big thank you to our team of Esther of The Sisters At Engadine Florist, Amy Nelson Blain, Megan Vaughan of Makeup By Megan, Melissa Cauchi of Melissa Cauchi Hairdressing and Samantha Wills for pulling together look #2! Stay tuned, we have our final look (and my favourite on Esther!) next week!

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