Power of Three: Sultry and Sweet

With all respect to vampy lipstick, we think there’s nothing sexier than an unfussy stained pout and come-hither eyes. Not only is this look easy to pull off, but it’s also the perfect way to transition between seasons. The actual makeup on your face is minimal (all you need is a great foundation), so it works well in the hotter months; as it gets cooler, the dramatic liner and crimson lip color become even more season appropriate.

Step 1: smashbox cosmetics Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation SPF 10

While the other products are more noticeable, foundation is the most critical step to getting this look right. Both the eyeliner and the lipstick project so well because they are a bold contrast to flawless, even skin. Create the perfect canvas for your color products with a full-coverage liquid foundation like smashbox cosmetics’ Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear formula, which blends in seamlessly without looking makeup-y.

Step 2: Lipstick Queen Medieval Tinted Lipstick Treatment

Natural looking yet supremely sexy, the just-bitten lip stain look is one of our year-round favorites. To get this ruddy pout, we use Lipstick Queen’s Medieval Tinted Lipstick Treatment, which dolls out just the right amount of sheer red color with a single swipe. Major bonus: the formula is super-hydrating (truth be told, it feels like a tinted lip balm) and can be layered for an even richer crimson shade.

Step 3: blinc Eyeliner

Liquid liner is one of our favorite beauty products, and we’re newly smitten by blinc’s innovative formula. Instead of painting on an inky line, this eyeliner creates a thin layer of color that sits atop your skin and peels off with a little hot water and gentle pressure. It’s especially good for creating a bolder line, as shown here, because it allows you to easily build up thickness in a precise and dramatic way.

For more inspiring three-step beauty looks, check out the rest of our Power of Three series.

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