As I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been obsessed with Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989. And as if several of her songs didn’t say enough – “that red lip, classic thing that you like,” “cherry lips, crystal skies,” and “red lips and rosy cheeks – her red lip, winged eyeliner look is iconic. Apparently she even goes jogging wearing eyeliner and red lipstick!
I looked up several red carpet images of Taylor to try to recreate her makeup look, which involves cool-toned shadow with shimmer on the bottom lash line and inner corners, strongly winged eyeliner, and of course, that classic red lip look.
I started with the eyes after applying foundation, concealer, and powder. She always has a flawless, matte face, in order to make her eyes and lips pop. I also filled in my eyebrows with brow powder and set the with eyebrow gel to make them look more natural, as Taylor has very soft, natural looking brows. I used the Stila Eyes are the Window palette for this look, but any similar shades will work.
First, I put a matte taupe shade lightly in the crease as a transition color using a fluffy blending brush. I also used a pencil brush to bring that shade onto the lower lash line, bringing it about halfway.
Next I took a medium silver shimmer and put it on the outer 2/3 of the lid with a shadow brush, and blended that out as well.
For Taylor’s shimmery inner corners I used a light shimmery eyeshadow (Stila’s “Kitten” works perfect for this), concentrating it with small shadow brush in the inner corner and on the inner half of the lower lash line.
To deepen up the look, I mixed a black matte with the same silver shade I used all over the crease, using a pencil brush to define the outer corner and a blending brush to blend it all out.
It wouldn’t be a Taylor Swift look without winged eyeliner! She loves to emphasize her eye shape with eyeliner, as I did here with the L’oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip liquid eyeliner. I usually start by drawing across my lashes first, and then defining the wing. Add mascara to the upper and lower lashes and you’re done!
Another option to this look is to use a pair of half lashes or wispy lashes that are longer towards the outside of the eye, which Taylor is frequently wearing on the red carpet. You an also brighten the eyes with a white or skin-toned eye pencil in the lower water line.
Taylor always looks like Snow White in her complexion. It rarely looks like she wears bronzer and usually just has a very faint flush to her cheeks. I used an extremely light hand and a duo fiber blush brush to sweep a peachy pink shade lightly along the cheekbones for just that hint of color.
Now onto the most important part: the red lips!
Taylor’s cupid bow is always strongly defined, so I began by creating an X with a lip pencil to define that shape. I then traced around my lips an filled them in with the red lip liner to prepare them for lipstick.
Choose your favorite bold red lipstick and fill in your lips! My favorite – and the one I used here – is CoverGirl’s Hot Passion. I then went in with a concealer brush to clean up the edges and give it that effortless, glamorous touch that Taylor always has.
And there you have it! While it’s not an exact recreation or transformation, I personally love the combo of a bold upper lash line with a barely-there lower lash, combined with the classic red lip. It’s not too crazy for every day (hell, if Taylor can wear it, why shouldn’t we?!) and totally cute for a special occasion.
Now if Taylor could write a song about her secret to clear skin…I’d buy that album in a heartbeat!