Her tricks to achieving the perfect look have always been her best-kept secret, but now she’s sharing every step in a new tutorial for Mode.
In the video, a bare-lipped Von Teese explained that she feels uncomfortable leaving her house without bright lipstick. We totally get it! It’s her signature look, but she pressed on so she could give an accurate portrayal of her whole process. She always starts by applying lip liner all over her lip to create a long-wear base, adding that it’s OK to overdraw. Next comes the lipstick; then sometimes she goes back over with the lip liner to fix the edges and create perfection.
In all, Von Teese shows how to apply three different shades: Hot pink (with M.A.C.’s lip pencil in “Cherry” and YSL lipstick in “Fuschia”), cherry red (M.A.C.’s “Von Teese” red lipstick) and a deep ruby red (“Beet” by M.A.C. and Maybelline lipstick in “Red Revival”).
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Her little secret to keeping a steady hand through the whole process? She rests her pinky finger on her chin so it acts like a little stabilizer of sorts.
“It makes me feel confident and projects an image of who I want to be,” she said of her love of lipstick and glam. “I can’t imagine my life without it; it’s the same as waking up and brushing my teeth every morning. When I am stripped of it for whatever reason by photographers who want to change up my look, I feel like I have my confidence taken away from me.”