starring julia banas

bare skin bold lips


By Beauty Editor Christine Cherbonnier  

Bare Skin Bold lips is such an easy look to recreate at home, one of the more wearable looks from our Veiled Red story starring Julia Banas. Julia’s vibrant red hair was our inspiration, so for this look I went with a striking two-toned red lip and my signature glowing natural skin. I love this look because the key to getting that red lip to pop is flawless skin, it’s all in the skin prep and skin care. Prepping the skin for any kind of coverage is a must, be it foundation or spot concealing, you should always take a minute to perfect your canvas before makeup application.


These days I'm a minimalist when it comes to my own skin care routine, for my combination sensitive skin less is more and I try to always stay hydrated. After many years of working in the beauty industry and trying almost every potion on the market, I’ve found that simple active ingredients work best for me. In addition to topical skin treatments, I’m also into cellular turnover; removing the outer layer of dead skin cells that trap sebum and toxins underneath, causing dull congested skin. I’m also a believer that sweating and facial massage is the key to eternal youth! Sweating or steaming eliminates unwanted toxins from the body and face while facial massage, especially lymphatic drainage massage, stimulates blood flow to the skin to look more plump and youthful.  


Julia has amazing skin naturally, so I skipped the facial masks and under eye remedies. I began by cleansing with a non-abrasive textured cotton pad to lightly exfoliate her skin and remove any dirt or makeup. I used Bioderma Sensibio H20, I can’t live without this product, It's the only thing that removes my makeup and leaves my sensitive skin feeling cleansed while not irritating or stinging my eyes. After cleansing I applied Message Organics Elixir Première while massaging the face to stimulate blood flow and awaken the facial muscles. After skin is cleansed and hydrated I prepped the lips with Lucas Paw Paw Ointment. To finish skin prep I always curl the lashes before doing foundation, so not to mess up any makeup application under the eyes and on the cheeks.


I wanted Julia's skin to look natural yet flawless so I used just a little foundation and highlight. I started with Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation. I love the KGD color range for lighter skin tones specifically. A lot of brands have mostly pink and beige based color options for lighter skin and KGD has a great variety of neutral and cool tones. This formula is super creamy and easy to apply, (I use my fingers at home) it gives a blendable medium coverage and looks totally natural.


Julia has a beautiful natural color under the eyes, I love a little darker skin color below the lower lashes, it's like natural eyeshadow! I brightened Julia’s under eyes with YSL Touche Eclát in 3.5. To contour the skin I used the Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Palette with the Becca Shimmering Skin perfector as a highlight. I placed the highlight on top of the cheek bones, across the top of the nose, the cupids bow, chin, and a little down the sides of the neck.


Next a bold lip, perfect with a minimal eye and glowing skin. Back in the day I learned a lot about makeup application using MAC cosmetics. Now I use pretty much every brand, depending on my needs, but I still haven’t been able to switch from a MAC lip pencil. I love the texture and pigment, they glide on without feeling too waxy and running into the lines around the lip. For this makeup design I used MAC pencil in Red. I lined the lip starting from the outside in, drawing inward to the the top of cupid’s bow, then focusing the color on the outer corners of the lips. Next I applied MAC lipstick in Ruby Woo. If you haven't tried Ruby Woo lipstick do yourself a favor and grab a tube! The texture is super matte, so it's not going anywhere and it doesn’t feel creepy like some long wear lipsticks. It also doesn’t dry out the lips and can be reapplied without getting textured and skippy.


For the grand finale I used Lady Danger lipstick by MAC, one of the brightest lipsticks out there. This was my go to for years, it's bright and creamy and not as Matte as Ruby Woo so you can layer it on top of other reds to give the lip more dimension and pop! The moral of this story is don’t feel like you have to do a full face to pull off a bright lip. if there isn't time for an eye all you need is a beautiful groomed brow, glowing natural skin, and a pop of color. Just pop on that Lady Danger and voila!



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