How to do a bold lip

3rd December, 2014


When I do a bold lip I really pare it back and just make it about really good skin and minimal eye makeup with a great lip colour that pops. Here’s how I achieve the look at home:

  1. Prep the skin by firstly moisturising then using a primer (I use a Napoleon primer), then applying foundation (l use Armani Luminous Silk Foundation mixed with Mac Strobe cream luminiser to give my skin a dewy finish).
  2. Give eyes some slight definition by applying some eyeshadow in the crease.
  3. Add some bronzer to highlight cheekbones and contour.
  4. Apply luminiser on cheekbones, browbone and the cupid’s bow at the top of the lip to make lips look fuller.
  5. Apply some lip balm (I use a paw paw ointment) to moisturise the lips before applying lipstick (at the moment my go-to lipstick is Chanel Rouge Allure – Velvet 307 L’Impatiente). If you prefer more shine add lip gloss or paw paw ointment on top.


My top lip tips:

  • For a great bold lip you need to have lips that are quite plump and hydrated. I naturally have quite dry lips so I try to drink lots of water water.
  • To get rid of dead skin, exfoliate lips by rubbing a dry toothbrush over your lips.
  • I always try to keep the original shape of my lipstick bullet as I find it’s easier to outline my lips.


Here are some other bold colours I am loving this season:


CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm 03

Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick Plum Jam 

Laura Geller Color Impact Long Wear Matte Lipstick Trio

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Rouge 11 Dark Raspberry

Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color Raisin Berry

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  • Reply Jasmine Boadi 4th December, 2014 at 6:15 am

    I love this! As an avid watcher of Fashion Bloggers from the UK, I’ve observed and admired your classic, chic style. This bold lip is a fabulous alternative to your signature clean make-up – pleeease rock this more often – ?

    Jasmine xx

  • Reply Sam Furfari 4th December, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Hi Kate,
    I love your blog and I love these makeup posts!

  • Reply Jenny Langmaid 9th December, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Hi Kate…Love your part of the Fashion Bloggers Reality TV hit….I thought I saw you talk about your make-up brushes when you did the red lip piece and was wondering which brushes you use recommend? Also Im tired of my blonde locks and want to go a warm highlighted brown…what colour is your hair or who does it? Thanks in advance Jenny- metallicMum

    • Reply Kate Waterhouse 18th December, 2014 at 9:28 am

      Thanks Jenny! Will definitely do a a brushes post for you in the New Year so stay tuned! :)
      Re hair I see Amber at Valonz in Paddington. She is great! xx

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