How to achieve the perfect stained lip look with Shiseido

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Stained Lips – Step By Step

We explored the best Spring make-up trends with model and activist Charli Howard in our first ever Virtual Beauty Shoot. Here we reveal how to recreate her stained lip look, pairing a bold pop of colour with clean skin and glossy cheekbones…

Step 1. Keep Base Clean

To create a clean canvas, press a toner like the Shiseido Revitalising Treatment Softener onto freshly-washed skin. Follow up with a hydrating moisturiser (we love the Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Day Cream) and apply this from the centre of your face outwards to encourage skin to stay tight and lifted. Finish with the Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream. Hannah Martin who directed the make-up for this shoot says, ‘this is an important step not to skip. Use your ring finger to blend the eye cream right around the orbital bone, even under the brow bone.' This helps to smooth fine lines and make your eyes appear as awake as your skin.

Step 2. Spot Conceal Your Complexion

With skin fully prepped, swipe on the Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Concealer. Charli patted shade 103 Fair over any small spots or patches of pigmentation to even out her skin tone. The concealer uses Shiseido’s ‘ActiveForceTM’ technology, which absorbs oil, diffuses light and resists humidity and creasing from facial movement. So you don’t have to worry about your base drying out or flaking off after a few hours wear.

Step 3. Create a stained lip effect

Now for the main event: stained lips. First sweep Shiseido Protective Lip Conditioner over your lips for a smooth base and to lock in the colour. Charli used the Moden Matte Powder Lipstick in 528 Torch Song for a pigmented pop of bright orange. ‘For maximum effect, apply the colour straight from the bullet into the centre of the lips. Then use your finger to dab and spread the colour around the lips for a more causal, lived in stain’, says Martin. The colour is matte so won’t budge throughout the day and you can even blend the remains onto the apples of your cheeks for a matching flush.

Step 4. Highlight as a finishing touch

Bare may be beautiful but you can still add sheen to the high points of your face. This is especially true at this time of year, when highlighter reflects sunlight for a healthy glow. Charli played with the Shiseido Synchro Skin Illuminator in 01 Pure Gold, lightly tapping this cream highlighter across her cheekbones. Keep eyes mascara free as lips are the main feature here. To finish, smudge a little Shiseido Aura Dew in 03 Cosmic onto the eyelids to accentuate the overall glossiness of the skin.

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Sarah Barnes

Sarah Barnes is Junior Beauty Writer and Production Assistant at Marie Claire UK.

After attending a military school growing up (we are talking camo print, crawling through the mud) Sarah craved a creative outlook with fashion and beauty always being a huge draw. With a degree in Fashion Journalism from The University For The Creative Arts, Sarah was introduced into the world of beauty, health and print after publishing her own university magazine, which was an investigative project into the world of Paleo and Primal Wellbeing. Her love for production came after moving to Vancouver Canada, working on the sets for Toyota commercials as a production assistant.

Four years later, she is now Marie Claire UK’s Junior Beauty Writer and Production Assistant. Combining both her love for writing and production, having worked her way up from intern. With each day being different Sarah can be found writing beauty features, reporting backstage at Fashion Week on the latest beauty trends and working on Marie Claire’s various beauty awards and video content. Always on her face beauty wise; Urban Decays 24/7 Eyeliner in Roach, Elemis Daily Defence Shield SPF 30 and Estee Lauders Radiant Double Wear Concealer.

Sarah’s job also allows her to travel the world for Marie Claire’s beauty shoots, working on the shoot production and assisting with booking the best models and photographers. Highlights include shooting at sunset in the Lanzarote desert, from a speedboat in Mauritius and along the wild beaches of Sri Lanka- maybe that army training was useful after all?