Holiday Makeup Hacks: Red Lips

A red lip is to the holiday season as presents are to Christmas morning– it’s not really necessary to enjoy the day, but it sure as hell helps.

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While a red lip is a classic this time of the year, that’s the very reason why it can sometimes be difficult to wear– when everyone is familiar with the look you’re going for, it’s hard to pull it off in a way that’s entirely your own. Here’s are a few of my red lip hacks to help make pulling off a scarlet pout easy as hell!

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In case you guys forgot that I’m hot and therefore know what I’m talking about.

Exfoliate Your Lips

A bold lip is a double edged sword in that it looks great… But it also highlights everything about your lips you don’t like. Namely, if they’re dry.

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Ft. my ex-boyfriend’s toothbrush (don’t ask) and my favorite lip balm by Tokyo Milk.

My number one tip is to make sure you are starting with exfoliated, moisturized lips– which are surprisingly easy to achieve. While brushing your teeth, simply swipe your toothbrush gently over your lips a few times, removing any dead skin and promoting circulation. Finish with a single layer of chapstick.


Mute the Rest of Your Face

While this is a tried and true tip, I stand by it– if you want the attention on your lips, you have the keep the rest of the face soft to truly make an impact.

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*side eye*

I’ll limit myself to neutral colored eyeshadows (usually cream and soft browns to still create depth) and unless I’m going out I skip the liquid eyeliner– with a red lip it’s much more flattering to use a soft kohl liner that’s been smudged out.


BUT– Play Up Your Brows

A red lip does require some support from the rest of your face to keep it from looking clownish– and the best way to do that is to play up your bone structure by emphasizing your brows.

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This look is incredibly subtle but without it there would be almost no dimension to my face. This picture also reinforces my belief that without makeup I look like I’ve been hit and flattened by a truck.

Spend some extra time filling in sparse areas and really focusing on creating full brows– although be sure to still create something that looks natural on your face. If you’re still feeling as if the red lip is wearing you, add a small amount of highlight under the brow, on the inner corner of the eye, and along the tops of your cheek bones to create more structure.


Line Your Lips

Straight up: the biggest mistake you can make is attempting to free ball your lips with a dark lipstick– in my experience there is no quicker way to potentially ruin your entire face.

When going for a bold lip, always take the time to line your lips and fill them in with a nude lip pencil. Not only does this allow you to establish where you’re going to put pigment, evens out any flaws in your lips– a bold lip is going to highlight anything unsymmetrical, so this is your chance to create the lips you always wanted.

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My lips fully lined.

But a word to the wise: Don’t go overboard. This is not the time to create those Kylie Jenner lips you’ve been lusting after. Stick as close to your natural lip line as you can.


Keep it in Place!

After spending years being notorious for leaving a smudge of lipstick wherever I go, 2017 was finally the year I set about keeping my lip colour in place.

After filling in my lips with a nude pencil, I carefully apply my first layer of lipstick, taking the time to really carve out my cupid’s bow and make sure there aren’t any flaws in my lip shape. Then, after giving it a minute or two to set, I lightly dust finishing powder over my lips.

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My Arsenal.

Next, I reapply lipstick in a light layer, making sure my pigment is even. Finally, I’ll finish with a light layer of setting spray.

Another good trick is the use of lip stains. I am a huge believer in their staying power, and if you happen to have one in a similar shade to the lipstick you’re wearing they can be great for keeping everything in place.


The Finger Trick

There’s no kind of anxiety like Oh-God-Do-I-Have-Lipstick-On-My-Teeth anxiety, and once you wear a bold lip you live in constant fear. Are people looking at your mouth because of the lip color? Or is it because you have a big glob of red on your teeth???

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Although there really isn’t a way to completely eliminate the threat, one thing that does help me is The Finger Trick. After applying and setting your lips, put your index finger in your mouth, pucker your lips around it, and pull it out. Any lipstick that was slightly too far on the inside of your lips should come off on your finger.


The Tissue Trick

There is a trick in reapplying lipstick that has been passed down woman to woman for generations: The Tissue Trick.

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If you haven’t heard of this, I’ll tell you right now it’s genius– and the sole reason my lipstick stayed in place on my graduation day. If you’re out in public and have to reapply, start by swiping on a new layer of lipstick. Then, take a tissue, fold it in half, and press your lips down on either side of the edge (basically you are biting a kleenex with your lips.) Then, reapply lipstick again.

I have no idea why this helps lock in colour. Actually, I have no idea why this even helps. But it does. And my mother taught it to me, and I trust her.

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I know you’re reading this Denise! Thank you for the tip! I love you!

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Thinking of rocking a red lip this season?

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Consignment & Thrift Finds: Autumn 2017

In case you couldn’t tell by my blog name: I’m a huge fan of saving a quick dollar. Unfortunately, I’m also a huge fan of shopping.

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I’ve been into second hand thrifting for a while now, but let’s face it– as much as I like wading through piles of discards to find a real treasure it can get a little tiresome.

Enter: the utopia that is the Consignment Store.

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The beauty of the Consignment Store is that someone has already done the digging for you– meaning that your pieces are still second-hand, but they’re in good enough condition that they can be resold. In other words– you’re getting a high quality, low price second hand item.

Because inventory turn-over can be pretty quick in the second hand business, I try to hit up my local Thrift, Resale, and Consignment Stores about twice a month. Here are my best finds for September!


Betsy Johnson Bag:

  • Retails for: $128
  • Purchased for: $45

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Perhaps one of my favourite finds to date is this Betsy Johnson bag. I pretty much fell in love with Betsy’s signature heart stitching and bow detailing. It was originally priced at $55 dollars, but I managed to talk the sales girl into giving me an additional 10 bucks off due to a missing shoulder strap. Found at: Red Pony Consignment in Edmonton.


Michael Kors Rosegold Watch

  • Retails for: $335
  • Purchased for: $90

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I’ve always been a sucker for rosegold on anyone else, and when I saw this watch I literally couldn’t resist. Although the watch has a slightly scratched face and desperately needs a new battery, one quick google told me that it was worth it– no need to haggle with this one. Found at: Peacock Boutique Consignment in Calgary.


Random Stallion Sweater

  • Retails for: ???
  • Purchased for: $8.99

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This purchase is 100% random and probably the riskiest on this list, but let me explain– I’ve always loved a thick, woollen sweater with animal detailing for autumn, and a piece like this would be perfect for into the holidays. Although this sweater has no labelling (which leads me to suspect it was made by someone’s very talented grandmother or was stolen from a sweatshop) I’ve decided it’s worth its weight in sentimental gold. Found at: Value Village off Whyte in Edmonton.


Forever 21 Necklace

  • Retails for: $11.99
  • Purchased for: $2.99

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Although this is another VV find, this one is a lot less sketchy. This piece is actually an exact dupe of a necklace I loved but accidentally gave away inside the pocket of an old Matt and Nat bag during an unfortunate donation incident some 3 years ago. Hell, for all I know it’s the exact same necklace. Found at: Value Village off Whyte in Edmonton.


Aritzia Plaid Blouse

  • Retails for: $65
  • Purchased for: $12.99

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In case you couldn’t tell by this post, I’m obsessed with this plaid blouse. It’s pretty much the perfect go-to piece for any fall outfit, and since acquiring it it’s pretty much haunted my instagram posts and snapchat stories. And with over $40 dollars off the original price– can I get a hell yes? Found at: Velour Clothing Exchange in Calgary.

What do you think, Broke Babes? Love it? Hate it? Want to share your own fab finds?

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