"Oh-oh here she comes, she's a Maneater!" Or at least that's how I feel when I wear this lipstick! It's no secret that I'm a sucker for a red lip, and Illamasqua Matte Lipstick in Maneater is one heck of a beaut. If you haven't heard the disappointing news, Illamasqua is totally leaving the Canadian market over the coming months. A huge shame, as I've always been an enthusiastic supporter of the brand. The only happy vestige from this change is that all Illamasqua products have been 25% off at The Bay since August, which means the entire range can be snagged for a steal. While most shades are sold out by now (at least at the Queen Street location here in Toronto), I was lucky enough to snag Maneater, which is a gorgeous matte, slightly warm cherry red. It truly makes me feel like a femme fatale!
To complement the bold, matte lip, I opted for dewy, luminous skin and softly smokey eyes. For the eyes, I turned to a couple of new Colour Crush Eye Shadows from The Body Shop, which offer amazing pigmentation and adorable shade names to match! I applied Brownie and Clyde (a cool, shimmery deep brown) along both upper and lower lash lines, smudging and smoking things out just a touch. To keep it a simple smokey look, I finished off with touches of Colour Crush Eye Shadow in Oh, Honey as a highlight, and two coats of an amazing volumizing mascara, Clinique High Impact in Black.
For the skin, I also gravitated towards a new Body Shop find. I applied a generous layer of the Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream in Light, which gives the most beautiful glowy, but not at all greasy, coverage to the skin. I topped it with Inglot Illuminizing Pressed Powder #402 all over the face for an extra luminous finish. I contoured 'dem cheekbones with the eternally impressive Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium and dusted the apples of my cheeks with (I'll say it again) my all-time favourite blush, NARS Deep Throat.
Foundation: The Body Shop Tea Tree Flawless BB Cream in Light
Concealer: BeneFit Fake-Up in Light (under eyes) and MAC Select Cover-Up NC20 (on blemishes and redness)
Powder: Inglot Illuminizing Pressed Powder #402 (all over)
Contour: Kevin Aucoin the Sculpting Powder in Medium
Blush: NARS Deep Throat
Brows: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Taupe and Tinted Brow Gel in Caramel
Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion Original Formula
Eye Shadows: The Body Shop Colour Crush Eye Shadows in Brownie and Clyde (applied to lashline and blended upward and smudged along lower lash line) and Oh, Honey (as a highlight on brow bone and inner corners)
Mascara: Clinique High Impact in Black
Lips: Illamasqua Matte Lipstick in Maneater
And a few more shots of the look:
Overall, I was super duper happy with this look. I found that the dewy skin and softly smokey eyes complemented the strong, matte lip quite nicely, which made this a rather wearable sort of glam. While I know not all of you would sport this to the grocery store, as I did (was a real exciting day, folks!), hopefully it might be something you would consider trying for a special occasion when you want to pump up the drama without having to fuss with dark black shadow or winged liner. It's not every day that I walk down the street with a feeling of extra va-va-voom, but this look really did it for me. Thanks to Maneater, I really felt like one glamorous gal!
Is this a look that you would wear? What are your favourite red lipsticks? What makeup products put an extra bounce in your step?
Thanks for stopping by! xo