My Fall Uniform, Makeup Edition: Cat Eyes and Matte Dark Lips with Hourglass Empress Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick

The crisp autumn air has finally arrived, and this girl couldn’t be more excited. I can wear makeup again. I am not stopping at just brows, lashes, lips anymore; I am going dramatic, baby. My favourite look — my makeup uniform — brings the drama: bold brows, cat eyeliner, contoured cheeks and matte dark lips.

My Fall Uniform, Makeup Edition

Wearing Hourglass Empress Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick

Matte lips are a lot more dramatic than their glossy counterparts. You gotta have the confidence to pull off the look, and the application has to be immaculate. A gloopy, creamy lipstick does not mix well with fall winds.

Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Empress ($33) just arrived at my doorstep last week and I didn’t wait a day to try it on. Empress is a deep berry, described by Hourglass as aubergine. The formula applies as a creamy liquid and dries down quickly to a stain. This is a much thicker stain formula than I’m used to, so I make sure to use a little bit at a time or I risk ending up with thick crumbly lipstick.

Hourglass Empress Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick

Hourglass Empress Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick Swatch

This shade looks darker on me than it does in the tube, and I really like it! The formula promises to stay vibrant for 14 hours, and I think that’s a bit of a long shot. It did last an entire work day on me with very minor fading (you can’t really tell), so that is quite an accomplishment. I do find this lipstick to be a little bit drying though, so if you suffer from dry lips, make sure to prep with lip balm beforehand.

Wearing Hourglass Empress Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick

Wearing Hourglass Empress Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick

With this look, more is really more. 🙂 It’s a bold look, but what good is makeup if you don’t go big every now and then? Do you wear long wearing lipstick? What’s your favourite formula?

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  • I lovvve this look! So glam and elegant. I will have to try this out! Thank you 🙂

    • Thanks Sara, come back and let me know how you did. 🙂

  • Looking gorgeous! This is why I love Fall, the rich colours and the bold make-up, totally a fan! I love the mat lipcolour, and the wing is soooo pretty!

    • Thanks Teri! We sound so alike. 😀

  • Waah this is a gorgeous fall pick that looks fabulous on you! I’m not quite ready yet to let go of spring and summer makeup myself 😡

    • Let it go, Angela. It’ll be easier this way. 😉

  • AHHHH PRETTY! I’m now totally inspired to do something like this for today! I was going to try out Guerlain Gisela Rouge G, so it’s PERFECT inspiration here! Thanks Arianne!

    • You’re welcome Sunny. 🙂

  • I love the way you lined your eyes here Arianne, you’ve got mad skillz girl! It works so perfectly with your eye shape. I haven’t been able to pull off the bottom AND top lash line but I am inspired now to keep trying! And love the lippie shade! 😀

    • BooBooNinja

      Ditto to everything Toya said.

      Arianne, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a lippie look unflattering on you!

  • Pretty pretty pretty, Arianne!

    • Thanks so much Larie. 🙂

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  • Super beautiful!

    • Super thank you, Soha. 😉

  • I really need to practice with my gel liners…I wanna do a cat eye too xD
    great pictures for inspiration~

    • So, have you been practising? 😉 What do you use to line usually? Pencil, liquid?

  • Gorgeous! Love this lip colour.

  • I think you’ve proven that cat liner and plum lips can be such good friends. Would love to try out the hourglass glosses. They sound and look really good.

    • They are excellent and so long wearing, Sue Lin. 🙂 I hope you get to try one.

  • Wow this look is stunning!!! I just received a few of these to play with too so I’m really excited. I’m usually not an opaque lippie kind of girl and I’ve never tried a formula like this, so we’ll see how it goes!

  • Jen W

    Oh my goodness you look amazing! I adore a vampy lip and you’ve done it to perfection

    • Oh stop Jenny! You’re the vampy lip queen. *bows*

  • I want to try Hourglass so bad! Are they available at Sephora?

    • Yes Anna, they’re at Sephora! 🙂

  • Icequeen81

    love the whole make up pretty and simple

  • GORGEOUS! Love this look!! The formula of the lipstick seems amazing.. I love me a matte finish.. Especially with bold colours..

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