{Beauty} How-To: Oxblood Lipstick with Kahlia Adams

posted on: November 16, 2012

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I recently sat down with Vancouver Makeup Artist Kahlia Adams to find out how
to wear one of this season's hottest beauty trends: the oxblood lip.


Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil in Cruella $30 at Sephora

NYX Jumbo lip pencil in 709 Deep Red $5.99 at London Drugs
*this is the lip pencil used in the above photos


1.  Make sure to prep your lips by exfoliating before hand.  
You can do this by using a scrub or by gently using a toothbrush.
 2.  To ensure the lip colour stays on a long as possible, apply a primer.
Mac makes one specifically for lips.
 3.  Buff concealer over entire lip to to create a neutral canvas for t
he colour to adhere to.
*Feeling like an expert?  Give your lips more of a "pout" by applying a highlight to the cupids bow.
 4.  If you're confident, skip the lip liner, but if you
need a guideline outline your lips with a burgundy pencil.
5. Start in the centre of the lip and fill lip colour in to the outer corners.
6. To ensure the colour lasts, apply a small amount of invisible powder 
with a flat brush until the lip looks totally matte.  This look is suitable 
for day or night.
7.  For a little evening glam, apply a clear gloss to the middle of the lower lip.

{Tips From the Pro}

Avoid getting lipstick all over your teeth, Miss Geist styles, with this little trick:  
After the lip colour is applied, close your lips around your 
index finger and pull it out.  This will remove any excess lipstick
 and (hopefully) prevent any embarrassing situations.

We suggest keeping the rest of your makeup simple.  Clean skin with a bit 
of bronzer on the cheeks and eyes, winged eyeliner and mascara.

Have any questions or suggestions for future makeup tutorials?
Leave a comment below, or ask Kahlia yourself on Twitter or Facebook!


  1. Beautiful color lipstick. Love this color for fall and winter.

  2. this lipstick looks gorgeous love it !

  3. Great tutorial - I love these tips, and will definitely have to try some of them out! That colour suits you perfectly too :)

    Life etc

  4. Love this tutorial. I some times find the darker lip colours dififcult to get right so will definitely be trying out your tips.

  5. OMG this tutorial is so needed!!!!
    trying it out this weekend :)
    thanks so much!!!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

  6. I think you have the perfect complexion to wear this color - you look amazing in it!

    xo Jennifer


  7. This colour looks great on you, Alicia!

    xo, alison*elle

  8. This looks GORGEOUS! Love this

  9. I'm dropping everything to go buy lipstick. In related news, you're a babe.

  10. Gah that colour looks AMAZING on you! I wish I could pull that off!!!!

  11. I just love a dark red lip!!! I never thought it would be possible to wear this because I'm so fair but it some how works! (I hope...) You look stunning in this color. Would it be weird if I told you that you have great lips? Cause, YA DO!

  12. You'll have to keep this look in your beauty arsenal because the colour looks amazing on you!

  13. LOVE IT! Do you know how to sharpen the nyx lip pencil? I just purchased it.

    1. Sorry for the delayed response! SO glad you bought it, it's such an awesome lip shade. To sharpen it, just use a make-up pencil sharpener that has both a large and small sized pencil option. They can be purchased at any drug store :) Hope that helps!

  14. This colour is amazing on you! I went out and tried the Nars colour the other day and it was more pinky than red so I had the chance to go out to LD today and test out the NYX colour and it was great. Thanks for sharing! I was wondering if you could share some posts/tips on what you would wear with the lipstick? Like clothes/colours/outfits.

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