Although I’ve called this a summer look, it doesn’t need to be summer for you to wear it, but it does look great on tanned, olive and dark skintones. It’s a very simple look as it can almost all be achieved with just one lipstick. As you can see the lips are slightly different in each picture, one is softer and the other is bolder/brighter. You can adjust the intensity depending on how bold you’re feeling/whether you’re going from day to night – it’s up to you!
Normally, if you’re anything like me, the last thing you want to do is put on any make-up in the scorching heat. However, this look is so quick and easy, that you won’t miss any valuable eating/tanning time on your break (you can see where my priorities lie) and is minimal so you won’t look feel you’re caked in make-up.
Before meeting with the lovely Rebekah at Sisley, I’d never really had any contact with Sisley products. All I knew of them was that they were a high-end, luxury cosmetics brand who use natural plant extracts in their beauty products. Upon viewing the entire range I discovered that they have an amazing skin care range (another day, another post) and a great range of high quality make-up products.
The product which really jumped out at me was their Hydrating Long Lasting Lipstick in shade L30 (£29.50) – it’s a great bright orange colour as you can see above (it’s also called Mandarin, but is listed only as L30 on the Sisley website (www.sisley-cosmetics.com) – I’ve been trying so hard to remember how I heard it was called Mandarin, but old age has clearly caught up with me). Not only is the lipstick a great colour, the packaging is also gorgeous and it comes in it’s own little velvet cover, so no more scratching pretty packaging when you throw your lipstick into your handbag.
Now for the all important details!
SKIN – To prep the skin and give it a nice, natural glow I used Sisley Express Flower Gel (£72.50) and Sisley Botanical Moisturizer with Cucumber (£75). If you’ve got dull, tired and dehydrated skin the Express Flower Gel is a great 3 minute pick-me-up mask and no need to rinse off! All you do is apply it evenly to your skin, leave for three minutes and then tissue off the excess. This allows the active ingredients iris, lilly, rose and sesame to work longer. Follow the mask with the Cucumber Moisturizer to leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated.
In the heat our skin tends to sweat and feel greasy so a good tip is to use a lightweight, oil free foundation to counteract this and also to only use it where you need it, as I did above. For this look I used Sisley Phyto-Teint Eclat (£65), which gives a smooth, luminous finish with a slight powdery feel. The natural extracts of Gardenia, Linden Blossom and Mallow will keep the skin soft and moisturised so you won’t have that dry/cakey feeling.
EYES – For the eyes, all I did was smudge a little of the lipstick onto the eyelids with my fingers and blend it in, but remembering not to go any higher than the socket line if you’re going for a natural look. Then I applied a couple of coats of Sisley Phyto-Mascara Ultra-Stretch in Deep Black (£37) to open up the eyes and give them some definition. The good thing about this mascara is that it really coats the lashes and almost grips them as you pull the brush through and you definitely get your length and curl.
CHEEKS – I used the lipstick as a blusher too, a great tip I introduced in my previous post. Instead of using it on the apples of the cheeks, I smudged the lipstick almost to the side of cheeks and up and out towards the ears and then blending slightly over the apples. This gives structure to the face, as you can see above and highlights your cheekbones.
LIPS – The all important lips! To prep them I used my new favourite lip balm Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm (£39.50) which is a true emergency treatment for cracked, dry and chapped lips. This is thanks to the combination of oils (hazelnut, plum kernel, sunflower), shea butter and kokum butter. Now for the colour. If you want a subtle hint of colour like in the first image then the best way to do that is to take some lipstick on your fingers and smudge it onto your lips. If you’re after a bolder shot of colour then apply the colour straight from the lipstick, this will give you the intensity and brightness.
And that’s how you create a sizzling summer make-up look with Sisley cosmetics!
Image credits: Photographer – Hollie Carlin, Hair & Make-up – Salina Thind, Model – Sharan