I find it hard to believe that I’m wearing super bold and daring lip colors. You see, my twin sister and I are the last of 10 children [it’s a soccer team!]. I still remember the fuss my elder sister made when she saw us wear foundation lol.
She went on and on about how we were too young to wear makeup. She literally put a stop to it! If you grew up in a Nigerian (or African) family, you know how much respect older siblings get.
As soon as Odeon and I started college, one of the first things we did after getting books and study materials invested in a plethora of Mary Kay products. Yeah, Mary Kay! At the time, Mary Kay and M.A.C were two of the popular brands in Nigeria.
It did not help that one of our Calculus coursemates was a distributor for Mary Kay. She would have a ton of money now if she invested what we paid her. But I digress!
Then I got into pharmacy school and figured makeup time (~1 hour) could be better used as study time. This happened after I got a wakeup call from flunking my first Pharmaceutical Calculations exam.
Then I started this blog in my third year of pharmacy school and rediscovered my love for all things fashion and beauty. I’m by no means a beauty guru or makeup expert (I did not go cosmetology school).
I received inquiries on how I created this effortless bold lips makeup so I decided to share it on here. This look was an Instagram collaboration with Neutrogena so you’ll notice that a lot of the products I used were also from Neutrogena. However, this post is not sponsored by Neutrogena.
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STEP 1: MOISTURIZE & PRIME
I always moisturize my face whether or not I have makeup on. You can use your everyday facial moisturizer. My current favorite is the Olay Regenerist (you can read my full review in this post).
Next, I primed my face with the Neutrogena shine control primer to keep my oily face at bay. This particular primer left a little bit of a white residue which disappeared after applying foundation.
The problem area is my t-zone. So most times I only prime that area to give me that even matte appearance similar to the rest of my face. For this effortless bold lip makeup, I primed my entire face.
- Neutrogena shine control primer
- Neutrogena Hydro Boost hydrating lip treatment
- Olay Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer
STEP 2: APPLY FOUNDATION
If you guessed that applying my foundation was the next step, you nailed it. Here, I used a combination of the Neutrogena SkinClearing oil-free makeup foundation for my entire face (as pictured).
Next, I used the Neutrogena healthy skin liquid makeup in shade 135 to contour which I combined with Black Opal True Color cream stick foundation in shade suede mocha for a deeper definition.
- Neutrogena SkinClearing oil-free makeup foundation (shade 115)
- Neutrogena healthy skin liquid makeup (shade 135)
- Black Opal True Color cream stick foundation (shade suede mocha KK4)
- Amazon Kabuki Makeup Brush Set
STEP 3: APPLY EYE PRODUCTS
I kept my eyes simple since I wanted the focus to be on my bold lips rather than on bold brows, voluminous lashes, and statement eyeshadow. Moisturizing and priming took about 1-2 minutes, foundation and contour took roughly 3-5 minutes.
I used a skin tone color eyeshadow. For this bold lips look, it’s best to keep the focus on the lips. Applying dramatic lashes, intense highlights or eyeshadow could draw attention from your lips. The eyeliner, shadow, mascara, and brow application took about 2-3 minutes.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow pomade
- Neutrogena nourishing eyeliner
- Neutrogena healthy lengths mascara (black)
Also note that my brows were already filled in before this shot. I tend to do my brows first so I can cover up any mistakes I made with my foundation.
STEP 4: GET THOSE CHEEKS POPPING
This step is totally optional but applying a little bit of blush brings some color back to your face. A little dab on both sides literally takes about 10 seconds and makes a lot of difference.
- Neutrogena healthy skin blush
STEP 5: MAKE A BOLD LIPS STATEMENT
This effortless bold lips look would be incomplete without a bold lip color. I found this intensely saturated bold blue lip color at Ulta. I also bought the matching lip liner to go with it.
First, I lined my lips with the matte lip liner. This defines the edges of the lips, brings out the saturated color of the lip stain and acts as a barrier preventing the lip stain from spilling over.
Then I applied two layers of the NYX liquid suede cream lipstick. Followed by one more application of the lip liner to the edges of my lips. This process took 2 minutes, tops!
- NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick (shade Jet-Set LSCL17)
- NYX Suede matte lip liner (shade Jet-Set SMLL17)
I usually finish off with a setting spray to lock the makeup in. And that’s it! A quick and effortless way to recreate this bold lip makeup in 15 minutes. As always, thank you so much for reading. Have a fantastic weekend!
In summary, here’s how to achieve this darling bold lips makeup effortlessly in 5 easy steps done in under 15 minutes!
- Moisturize and prime your face (1-2 minutes)
- Apply foundation, contour and setting powder (3-5 minutes)
- Apply eye liner, mascara and brow pomade (2-3 minutes)
- Get those cheeks popping with a subtle blush (1 minute)
- Achieve bold lips with a saturated lip liner and creamy lipstick (3-4 minutes)
Neutrogena shine control primer
Neutrogena Hydro Boost hydrating lip treatment
Olay Regenerist Whip Face Moisturizer
Neutrogena SkinClearing oil-free makeup foundation (shade 115)
Neutrogena healthy skin liquid makeup (shade135)
Black Opal True Color cream stick foundation (shade suede mocha KK4)
Amazon kabuki makeup brush set
Anastasia Beverly Hills eyebrow pomade
Neutrogena nourishing eyeliner
Neutrogena healthy lengths mascara (black)
Neutrogena healthy skin blush
NYX Liquid Suede cream lipstick (shade Jet-Set LSCL17)
NYX Suede matte lip liner (shade Jet-Set SMLL17)
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