Beauty: Current Favourite Lip Products

Larkspur Vintage | Current Favourite Lip ProductsGIVIN’ YOU LIP

This summer I’ve been steering away from bright red lips and have since replaced them with light pinks, nudes and softer reds. I still love bright classic reds and and my all time fav, orangey reds, but this summer’s makeup has been about a fresh, natural face and with that, softer lips. I thought I’d share my favourite lip colours at the moment, one of which I have already spoken about here, but still love as much as the day I got it, so it’s worth mentioning in this roundup.

Larkspur Vintage | Current Favourite Lip ProductsNYX butter gloss: Peaches & Cream
I’ve pretty much avoided glosses since, well, always. The ones I had used just made my lips sticky and didn’t have much pigment to them. I started to feel like, what the eff is the point of glosses? To make my hair stick to my lips. Ya no thnx. But once I tried NYX’s butter glosses (I have a couple other shades, but this is by far my fav), I was a convert. I love this gloss – it isn’t overly sticky and has an excellent coral pink pigment. I haven’t ventured much into the gloss department, so I’m sure there are tons of similar products out there with great pigment and little stickyness. You should tell me about them, maybe.Larkspur Vintage | Current Favourite Lip ProductsTeeez Cosmetics Sealed with a Kiss Lipduo: Dash of Plum
I was introduced to this cosmetic brand when they reached out to have me try a few of their products, and with such adorable packaging (and who doesnt like getting free makeup?) I thought why the heck not?! Indeed a true plum shade, which is more suited to the colder seasons, but what I have been doing is dabbing a slight bit onto my lips and then rubbing it in with my finger to give a more natural, however, much more alive look to my lips. I will say this liplacquer is quite drying, so I have been applying it with a lip balm to offset the drying effect it seems to have.Larkspur Vintage | Current Favourite Lip ProductsMaybelline Vivid Matte Liquid: Nude Flush
This is the bb I have talked about before, but it has remained a fav all this time, so why not mention her again? It’s a perfect nude shade that is incredibly wearable, so for those who don’t like anything too eye-catching, it’s probably the perfect shade for you. It is slightly drying, but I think it’s hard to avoid and something I have come to expect from a matte, so I forgive her.

*some or all of these products were sent to me as a gift from the brand, but me choosing to talk about them is because I actually like them

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Beauty: 1940s Lip Tutorial

Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1940s Lip TutorialFull Out with feeling

I think every time I try a new lipstick style for this series I’m going to end up saying “okay, I think I like this one most.”, because that’s what came to mind with this style, and I realized I said that about the 1930s lip last week. I guess I’m kind of a fickle pickle, but this style feels a bit more bold (and I like bold) with it’s overdrawn, full shape and punchy red colour…more fun and less reserved, in my opinion.

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1940s lips were all about reds, “all the reds”, as us Internet-y 90s Millennial babies would say. The shade of red was up to the gal, but the one thing all 40s lips had in common was they were loud and luscious. If your lips fell a little short in the plump department (hi me), you just had to draw a bit outside your natural lip line and in no time you were joining the ranks of Angelina Jolie lips everywhere (she wasn’t alive yet, but you get it.)

-WHAT I USED-
Lip pencil: Ruby Woo by MAC | Lipstick: So Chaud by MAC

Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1940s Lip Tutorial1. I’ve said this for every one now, but, get a lip pencil. It will help immensely because we are drawing outside our natural lip line…unless of course you already have full lips. But even still, pencils just make everything more clean. The lip is horizontally elongated and we focus less on the “heart shape” lip look.
-drawing outside your natural lip line, start at your cupid’s bow and create a very slight indent between the two peaks
-bring your lines out to meet your lower lip, maintaining a rounded shape all the way down. It should look a bit like a crescent, more similar to the shape you’d see on a lower lip.
Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1940s Lip Tutorial2. Elongated and round is the look of the lower lip. Should be real easy to achieve
-drawing outside your natural lip line, start at the centre of your lip, creating an elongated U shape that meets your upper line.Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1940s Lip Tutorial3. Grab your lipstick and clean it all up. Hide that lip liner and get those lips looking as punchy and plump as you’d like.Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1940s Lip TutorialLarkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1940s Lip TutorialAnd that’s it! Big, beautiful, in your face lips!

What do you guys think? A preferred lip shape yet? 20s, 30s or 40s?

Shirt: thrifted vintage | Bracelet c/o The Shine Project

Beauty: 1930s Lip Tutorial

Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1930s Lip Tutorialand the world goes round

Continuing on with our lipstick styles from decades past, lets say hello to the 1930s lip. Not a far cry from the  I previously shared, but definitely a few nuances to note. I think I prefer this style to the 1920s, however, I don’t love overdrawing my lips, which this style definitely does. However, it makes for a shape I didn’t even know my lips could achieve, so that’s neat and worth trying out just to see how it changes up your look.

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The art of women’s makeup took off in the 30s and started to feel like a statement; makeup was how women embraced their femininity. The style was much more refined and influenced by Hollywood, as some stars became household names and magazines were inspiring women with their colour and flare. Lips during this time were full, elongated and overdrawn.

-WHAT I USED-

Lip pencil: Follow Your Heart by MAC | Lipstick: Dubonnet by MAC | Lip gloss: Bert’s Bees (sorry, can’t remember the shade)


Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1930s Lip Tutorial1. A lip pencil is key for me when putting on a red lip, and to achieve this particular look I think it’s pretty essential. We’ll need to overdraw the upper lip, so having something with more precision will help you (unless you are magical, in which case, teach me!). Note that the upper lip is horizontally elongated, while still being shapely.
-starting at the cupid’s bow, draw to rounded peaks that begin to stretch outward, like an elongated heart shape
-bring your outline toward the corners of your mouth, while maintaining a slight curve that cascades down.
I like to think of this shape as a crescent, only it comes into a peak at the centre.
Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1930s Lip Tutorial2. The bottom lip is round, but like the top lip, elongated. This lower lip should be super easy to draw.
-starting at the centre of the lip, draw a shallow crescent outline reaching both corners and meeting your upper lip line; you could almost get the exact shape you want by pressing your upper lip down onto your lower lip and creating an imprint.
your lips should look like they have been stretched out, but not cartoonishly so.
Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1930s Lip Tutorial3. The fun part, fillin’ em in! For this one I also used Dubonnet by MAC since berry shades were popular at this time (although in the later 30s, orange shades became a thing, much to my delight). Be sure to start covering your outline and cleaning up any shaky bits with your lipstick.Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1930s Lip Tutorial4. When learning about this lip style, I noted many images of women with a bit of gloss on their lower lip, right in the centre. I liked the idea of recreating that look, so I used my Bert’s Bees red gloss that has a bit shimmer and applied it right to the centre of my lower lip. This is not a necessary step, but I personally like it.Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1930s Lip TutorialLarkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1930s Lip TutorialAnd voila, you are looking 1930s glamorous in almost no time at all!

So, do you think you’ll give it a go? Which style is your favourite so far? 20s or 30s?

Beauty: My Favourite Products For Lids, Liner and Lashes

Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: My Favourite Products for Lids, Liner, Lashesfor the eyeballs (but not in the eyeballs)

It’s  been awhile since I showed you the makeup products I’ve been using of late, so ta da, a blog post dedicated to my favourite eye makeup products. One of them will already be familiar to you (if you’ve been here with me for awhile) since it’s been my go-to for ages now, but the others are ones I have not yet talked about. So let’s get to it, shall we.


Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: My Favourite Products for Lids, Liner, Lasheslashes

I talked about Roller Lash awhile back, but it’s still my go to mascara. There is no sense in rapping on about it again since I have a lengthy post here that you can read, but I didn’t want to leave her out since I haven’t found a mascara I like nearly as much as her since the day we became acquainted .

 

 

 

 

 


Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: My Favourite Products for Lids, Liner, Lasheslids

I’ve been using this UD smoky palette pretty much everyday since I received it as a Christmas gift. It’s a great palette for everyday wear, with a mixture of matte and shimmer shades, you need little else to take you from day to night. My fav shades are, combust (there is nearly nothing left), whiskey, high, dirtysweet, radar and thirteen. I usually mix those shades up, creating a really natural look. I prefer my shadows to be sort of neutral and not over the top, so this palette is perfect for that, but also works wonders for an intense smoky eye.

 

 

 


Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: My Favourite Products for Lids, Liner, Lashesliner

I have been using Revlon Colourstay liquid liner since I don’t even know when (actually. it’s been years). I think it was my mother that originally introduced me (and by introduced I mean, I went into her makeup drawer and used it). I will absolutely use no other liquid liner now. It’s a bit different in that it’s like a quill and ink pot rather than your regular pen design, but I find the design is what makes it the best. It gives for excellent precision and control, and you can create both a very thin or thick line, no problem. And like it purports, you rarely need to reapply once it’s on.

 

 

Have you used any of these? Tell me about your favourite eye makeup products in the comments below.

Beauty: 1920s Lip Tutorial

Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1920s Lip Tutorialembracing LITTLE LIPS

Lately I’ve been investigating (ie., reading up on) different lipstick styles from decades past and thought it might be fun to share a few tutorials with you. First up is the 1920s lip, one near and dear to my heart, being a little lipped lady myself.

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After the war – and to help recover from the horrors of it – many women began to assert their feminine power through makeup. There was this feminine ideal of being young and beautiful (sound familiar? A problematic ideal women of today are constantly fighting against, but it is a good example of how far back our obsession with youth and beauty is rooted) and that very much showed up in the style of makeup. I’m not going to breakdown the entire makeup look of this era however (although maybe at some point), just lippy lips for today. It’s actually quite easy to achieve, just a few key pointers before we start – bolder lipped ladies may need to downplay their lips and the ladies like me with tiny shapeless upper lips…well you might actually have to overdraw your cupid’s bow. Here we go, cuties!

– WHAT I USED –

Lip pencil: Follow Your Heart by MAC | Lipstick: Dubonnet by MAC and 01 by Kate Moss

Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1920s Lip Tutorial1. I pretty well always use a lip pencil to outline my lips before lipstick (a v much like precision), but regardless of my habits, I really believe a lip pencil is helpful in achieving this look, at least at first. 1920s lips are all about the cupid’s bow shape and not everyone has such a defined lip shape, so a pencil is v helpful in creating this look.
– using your lip pencil, starting where your peaks meet, outline your lips creating two rounded peaks
– cascade the liner down and under-draw where your natural lip begins to flare out.
– flare the liner out in the corners of your mouth ever so slightly.
I like to think of the squiggle emoji or a cartoon cowboy hat (ya, I don’t know) when doing this. Or if we are separating the lip hemispheres, like a slide.
Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1920s Lip Tutorial2. The bottom lip has a very rounded shape, like a wide U and like the upper lip, needs to be under-drawn at the sides. The upper and lower lip should match up, so keep that in mind when under-drawing.
– starting from the corners of the mouth, outline the lower lip beginning with a slight flare similar to the upper and bring it down, beginning to round
– bring the two sides to meet, creating a rounded u-shape, and the peak of your lower lip should descend ever so slightly, creating that doll-like pout
I like to think of a 2D smile (or stick man smile) shape when drawing this outline.
Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1920s Lip Tutorial3. Now the easy part! Filling in those lips. I used Dubbonet by MAC first, which is a creamy deep berry shade and fairly glossy (perfect for this era) and on top of that, very lightly brushing 01 by Kate Moss – which is a traditional matte red – over the base, which creates nice depth to the lips.
This is when you can clean things up, hide that outline and allow the lipstick to create a more rounded shape at each peak.Larkspur Vintage | Beauty: 1920s Lip TutorialEt voila! Not too hard, right? I think this lip style is not too over the top (like it’s counter-part, 1930s lip can often be), and could be worn any time.

So what do you guys think? Will you give it a go?

Skirt & Blouse: vintage