Ever since she brought out RED and made red lipstick her trademark, I’ve been scrutinising Taylor Swift’s makeup. It’s just always on point. What I love about her is that you can tell she enjoys it, too – even on off-days, you’ll see her rocking a statement lip.
She ramped it up quite a bit recently for the Blank Space music video, but the core principles of Taylor’s signature makeup don’t change a lot – cat eyes and a red lip are almost always present. Somehow, Swift has managed to make a look that has been done so many times before look 100% fresh, new and modern. People are fond of Taylor for many different reasons, but I adore her for making red lipstick cool again (Oh, and flats. Girlfriend knows how to rock a good pair of flats).
Read on for a crash course in Taylor’s makeup…
Taylor’s eyes are always bright and defined. NYX HD Concealer (€7.99) is a good bet for hiding undereye circles and just generally brightening up the area. For a classic cat eye, Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner (€17.50) is foolproof for a clean, sharp flick. To really make the eyes pop, add a flesh-toned pencil like Rimmel Scandaleyes pencil (€4.99) in Nude on the waterline.
We know from this Instagram picture that Taylor is a NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil fan; in an online interview, she confirmed the shade:
“Dragon Girl by NARS. Another good one is Luxembourg by NARS but it’s glossier. I bought it ‘cos I heard on the radio that Hilary Duff uses it. And Hilary Duff is a magical princess.”
I can personally confirm that Dragon Girl is an incredible colour, but if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet liquid lipstick in 02 Frambourjoise (€12.49) is pretty awesome, too.
Taylor appears to have a naturally clear complexion; for events and shoots, I’m willing to bet that she ups the ante with a satin-finish foundation like Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk (€43). It’s expensive, but a cult classic.
Her makeup artist, Lorrie Turk, has also confirmed that she loved to use liquid illuminators to give even more life to Taylor’s complexion – try MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter in Light Boost (€24.50).
She’s also mastered the art of wearing bronzer to look healthy, not tangoed – difficult for a pale person. The Body Shop’s Honey Bronze range of powder bronzers (from €20) has shades to cater to all skintones, and the powder is super-silky and blendable.
Deirdre Foley is a history grad, sceptic, wearer of red lipstick and self-confessed 'beauty maniac'. She is also the co-founder of fabulous Irish beauty blog, Viva Adonis.