Friday, 12 June 2015

Liptastic Summer

Wedding and prom season is in full mode, and boy does prom get even bigger and better each year! I never had a prom at 16, the best thing we had to look forward to was Leaver's Day. With all the excitement buzzing around, the year 11's started writing on each others' shirts a day too early, resulting in our Leaver's Day being cancelled. Sad times for a 16 year old. I digress...

Prom make-up's get more glam each year, 5 years ago it was subtle, dewy and fresh skin. 2015 is all about the smokey eyes and lashes. My advice to any girls going to their prom is don't do red lips!! As much as red lips is classic and sets a bold statement, opting for corals and peaches will allow you to play up the eyes more. Even a lot of my brides (Asian and non-Asian) are swapping bright bold colours for more subtle lips. If you're struggling to find a few colours for this summer here's a few I've come across recently that I love.

One of my favourite corals are Max Factor's Pink Brandy lipstick (£7.99 from Superdrug) it is lush! It's my ultimate spring/summer colour, and a plus point is that it's super moisturising. It looks amazing even without any lip liner, I'm usually wearing it in most of my Instagram posts! (@GangaMakeup #GangaMakeup)

Max Factor's Pink Brandy lipstick used by itself (I have layered the colour on)

Alternatively for a more longer lasting colour try out a lip stain such as Benefit's Cha Cha Tint or Posie Tint (£24.50 from It is a bit steep to buy just as a lip stain but it can be used on the cheeks for a natural flush of colour that will not wear off even if you're dancing away. So a 2-in-1 product that lasts quite a while, worth the investment. I'm totally obsessed with Benefit at the moment. My sister bought me the Candy-Coated Countdown advent calendar at Christmas and it opened my eyes to the amazingness of Benefit products.

I used Benefit's Cha Cha Tint on the cheeks and a hint of it on the lips on my model when shooting for my campaign with Maya Magazine.

NYX Cosmetics have a beautiful range called the Soft Matte Lip Creams (£7.00 from A matte lipgloss that feels like velvet on your lips. It sounds as sexual as it feels. My personal favourite from the range is Stockholm, which is a gorgeous nude, ideal for Asians who are of a mid-tone complexion. Alternatively the colour Buenos Aires is more coral and suitable for most complexions.

Illamasqua's Naked lipstick (£19.50 from Illamasqua) is one of my favourite nude colours of all time, ok granted it's not peach or coral, however line your lips with MAC's Soar lip liner or MAC's Lasting Sensation lip liner (MAC Cosmetics lipliners £12.50) and voila, a beautiful neutral peach /coral.
Coloured my lips in with Soar liner and then applied Illamasqua's Naked Lipstick on top.

If you're not a big make-up wearer and don't want to invest too much into a product you may not use much I'd highly recommend Sleek lip colours. Sleek's range is more reasonably priced that the products I've mentioned above but is still highly pigmented and offer wide range of colours.

Happy lip hunting!!
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