Monday, December 20, 2010

Taylor Swift Inspired Holiday Pinup Tutorial

Probably one of the most requested looks that I've gotten in the last couple of months is to do a pinup-style red lipped look, particularly the one that I have as my youtube profile image here. What better time than the holidays to do this type of tutorial? :)

I'm not one who usually wears really bright lipstick on a daily basis but hubby's company holiday party gave me a good excuse to don this really classic makeup look. For this iteration, I pulled inspiration from the always effervescent Taylor Swift. She has done this type of look a few times on the red carpet, including fairly recently at the Academy Country of Music Awards, and seems to really embrace it! I love a good excuse to get all dressed up, so here is my take!



Products mentioned:

Skin79 Super + Hot Pink bb cream
Lioele Help Me Dark Circle Concealer
MAC Blot Powder in Medium Dark
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Urban Decay Naked Palette (Sin for lid, Buck for crease, Gunmetal for lower lash line)
Lioele Real Stick Eyeshadow in White
MAC Shroom eyeshadow
MAC Blacktrack Fluidline
Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame Plus Mascara
Model 21 lashes in #21
Revlon Matte Luxurious Color Pencil in white
NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil
Rock & Republic blush in Bedroom
NYX lip pencil in Plush Red
NYX Round Lipstick in Eros

Here are some of the images that I used for reference. I really love Taylor's natural cat-eye shape! I think she wears bold makeup so easily and her face can handle a lot of makeup without looking over-the-top.



And here is my finished look. :) The red lips look so orange here but it's the indoor lighting making everything yellow. It's a very bright, true red in real life.


Looking down so you can see the contouring on the eyeshadow.


My best attempt at a Taylor-esque smoldering gaze. LOL.


And some festive holiday silliness. :D I love this cute reindeer ornament! 
He wants to kiss me. :3


This Santa hat is from Victoria's Secret. I bought it last year on super duper sale off-season. I'm sure hubby thought I was ridiculous at the time but come on. I am so justified now! LOL.


Look who's there!


Here are some of my favorite ornaments on our tree this year. Squirrel! =^.^= He also has matching hedgehog and mouse friends.


This is one of hubby's. He really loved legos as a kid (*cough* as a big kid now too) so I thought this one was so sweet.


Cute glittery snowman. Our tree has mostly silver, gold, and blue ornaments on it. :)



And here are a couple just to show a bit more of my outfit at the party. LOVE this dress! It's what you'd call "duochrome" in the makeup or nail polish world, but in fabric. Burgundy undertone that reflects silver which is so much cooler in real life! Not to mention, the size 1 from Asos fits me perfectly. ^_^ The black lace cardigan also fits really, really slim in the arms.


Asos Petite Twisted Velvet Dress size 1 (red here similar here and pretty 3/4 sleeve here)
Lace Cardigan from Target in XS (similar here and love the taupe here)
Chanel purse (similar MJ here and Hello Kitty version here)
Sterling Open Heart Floating Necklace (simlar here and woah gorgeous here)

You can't tell in the pic but I also wore these House of Holland suspender tights underneath. Loooooves! One of my new favorite acquirements. I can't wait to wear them with shorts when the weather isn't so frigid. (And no worries, they looked mostly like regular black tights with this dress. ;)



Whew! That was one heck of a blog entry. I hope this helps out for anyone who still has holiday parties to go to this year! I'm a huge sucker for the glitz and glam, and every girl deserves to have at least 1 red lipstick she feels like a million bucks in. ^_~

Maybe that should be a blog post for another day? Finding the perfect red lipstick? Let me know what you think in the comments!

xoxo




51 comments:

  1. You look Fab Jen! As always :) Love the lip color and the oufit is real cute! I need to get that lipstick!

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  2. Your ornament picture is too cute! I love you creative Jen <3 Happy Holidays!

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  3. so gorgeous! i love the ornaments :)
    merry christmas & happy new year to you and your hubby! hope you have a great holiday season, jen!

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  4. Omigosh this is such a nice tutorial! You make the red lipstick seem so easy to pull off!

    I found this image of Ga-In:

    http://static.allkpop.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/20101220_gain3.jpg

    Doesn't it look just like your BoA tutorial?

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  5. Stunning as usual ^.^

    I love all the photos but this is my favorite!

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_kRtu3QFUkWc/TQ9mRj_vHDI/AAAAAAAAEXs/TRTL7uXRn0g/s1600/tswift6.jpg

    So cute!

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  6. Jen! Looking super glam and gorgeous! <3 Merry Christmas! I love that VS Santa hat! I wish they had them now. ;)

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  7. Amazing transformation, Jen. You look so beautiful with red lipstick..I'm jealous. :(

    Also, I need to see a better pic of you with those tights! I think I saw the suspender ones I have back in stock. You should grab them while they're there! I recently purchased the heart suspender tights and I can't wait to wear them :D

    xx The Little Dust Princess

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  8. You look gorgrous Jen! Can't wait to try this look on myself, I probably won't do such a good job tho lol

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  9. You look so pretty in this look! I'm excited to try it

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  10. beautiful look! I love the red lips!

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  11. JENNNN!!! you always look soo amazingly prettyy!! {: Personally, I think you pulled off the look better than Taylor Swift d:

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  12. i love it!! i wish we had Urban Decay in Israel but i think i can use mac's cork as the dark color.
    love your blog

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  13. i allways check on your blog !!
    love you k-pop celeb isnpired looks .....^-^
    i'm totaly into k-pop these days, its all i listen to!

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  14. I can't wait to watch your video when I get home! :) I love Taylor Swift's bold looks... they really suit her. And you are just gorgeous to the tips! I love your tutorials and your vids :D I've learned all about NYX cosmetics from the eyeshadows you acquired! :) Also, your BB cream post was one of the best :)

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  15. Hi Jen..:) I really like your blog,especially the tutorial's part. It's really cool!and I think you prettier than Taylor Swift!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.. Can't wait your next post... O(^-^)o

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  16. Hey Jen I love this tutorial! Would LOVE to learn a trick or two about how to select a good red lipstick. I don't normally wear lipsticks but I'm learning, and it's a bit boring to always go for something that's "my lips but better."

    Early happy holidays!

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  17. Jen, I have a question, do you still wear eyelid tape? I can't see any and was wondering if you are still using them?

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  18. You are way better looking than Taylor Swift, your makeup is awesome!

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  19. Jen, this is a gorgeous look! You nailed it again! and the lipstick color suits you!

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  20. Loved the tutorial! :) happy holidayss~

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  21. loved your tip about getting your lip color to last longer! i usually just put the color on once, blot, then put another layer, but i'm definitely gonna try your method next time!
    not sure if i'm brave enough yet to go for the red lips look (i've tried at home but it always looks so... out there? lol) but if & when i do, i know where to find your tutorial lol

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  22. Just saying, but you rock the look better than Taylor! And I'm a huge Swift fan haha. :) MERRY XMAS JEN! ^___^

    Can I request an SNSD or Kara look someday? Hehe.

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  23. Red lips look fabulous on you! & I'm loving the tights! Merry Christmas to you and your man :]

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  24. Jen, omg!! I love Taylor Swift, but you're looking so much more FAB than her!!! Gorgeousness!

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  25. Great tutorial! It looks great! So pretty, I love it :)

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  26. this is such a nice look! I love the red lips! you've inspired me to do a look of my own :) xoxo

    www.blushmebeauty.blogspot.com

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  27. you look beautiful! i love the makeup and i want to try it out soon.
    Can you do a tutorial on your eyebrows? they're so perfect!
    <3

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  28. you look beautiful! i love the makeup and i want to try it out soon.
    Can you do a tutorial on your eyebrows? they're so perfect!
    <3

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  29. awesome look for the festive season, great tips on how to make lipstick last longer! you can really carry off red lips well =D

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  30. jen, you look really hot and sexy! and the makeup is just as beautiful as ever! that black outfit is super nice on you.

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  31. That is a great look, I would love to try something like this out this New Years Eve.

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  32. awww Jen you're always soo pretty!!! can u do a youtube vid on all your nyx lipsticks? or you only have the 2 reds?

    and you always pull of the inspiration looks so well =)

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  33. Wow pretty, Jen! Happy holidays!

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  34. I can never bring myself to wear bright lipstick but it looks so good on you and you're right, it's perfect for holiday parties!

    xo, alison-elle.com

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  35. your make up tutorial is seriously amazing!! dead on accurate. and i love those nylons. im a new follower :)

    FASHIONMADEMEFUNKY
    www.fashionmademefunky.blogspot.com

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  36. this is a great look for the holidays! thanks so much for the tutorial!! And I love your outfit as well:)

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  37. Love this look!! Absolutely X'mas-y

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  38. You look better than Taylor haha! I love the highlighting under above the cheeks trick!

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  39. you look so pretty with red lipstick... that's something I cannot pull off! hehe

    Merry Xmas!

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  40. happy holidays jen! where did you get those lovely drop diamond earrings? they look beautiful!

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  41. For my school's winter dance (it's like Women Pay All) I found a black dress and I wanted to make my lips pop with a bright red lipstick. Would you recommend NYX the most? I need it to last through pictures, dinner, and hopefully the actual dance. haha I haven't tried anything yet (don't normally wear lipstick) but would you recommend more pricey brands or drugstore brands? Absolutely loved the tutorial and the final look too. Thanks so much!

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  42. Hi, this looks great! I love Taylor Swift's make up. Could you do some other Taylor Swift inspired looks, like her make up from the "Teardrops on my Guitar" video and "Our Song" video?? :)

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  43. i freakinggg adore that dress on u!

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  44. Your outfit and make up is flawless! I love Henry Holland suspender tights too! Great blog!

    diaryofashortgirl.blogspot.com

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  45. makeup looks great!

    http://makeitfierce.blogspot.com/

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  46. Hi, I was just wondering what camera you're using for the close-up pictures in this Taylor Swift post! THe pictures are great. Thanks!

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  47. hi Jen! realise this is suupppper late but i've got a black-tie event coming up and was thinking of doing this red lips, pin-up look...wondering what would be a good hairstyle to go with it.

    im asian, have medium length, black layered hair with a full front fringe.

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  48. Hi Jen! Love this look!
    I'm asian too. Do you think I can use it for my Xmas wedding this year with hair updo? Do you think I should tone down the lips color a little for wedding?

    Thank you!

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    1. I think if you love the bold lip then red lips can definitely work for a Christmas wedding! Just make sure you get a long-wear lipstick or gloss since red lipstick tends to rub onto husbands. ;)

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