I frequently receive emails inquiring about what make-up and skin care I use. It's quite flattering that you would ask, although I don't really understand why…but that's beside the point.
I've delayed in responding because I keep dreaming that I'll write a series of brilliant posts about cosmetics and eloquently list all of my favorite beauty products with pretty pictures. Let's ditch the perfectionism and just dive right in. Plus, with Valentine's day approaching, this seems like a relevant topic.
Today let's talk about lipstick.
THE COLOR SITUATION
Because I have fair skin with a dash of olive, I wrestle with a green undertone in my complexion [would have been nice to have gotten 100% of my dad's olive skin - but my mom is very fair]. So I cannot wear pinks or reds with blue undertones. Nor can I wear a screaming red lipstick, because it overpowers my whole face and I end up looking completely freakish. Believe it or not, I've spent countless hours and years trying to find the right brands and perfect colors. So I hope you can benefit from today's post!
My mainstay lipstick is Lancome because it doesn't make my lips too dry – and their colors always impress. If there's one thing I never can do without in my make-up bag, it's a tube of Lancome.
The colors I'm sharing will work well with just about any skin tone. They're fresh, classic and not too bright.
Let me first share my must-haves for making a beautiful lip
1. Revlon's lipliner in the color Sienna. Pick it up at walmart right here. Not too brown, not too pale, not too scary dark or red. I'll tell you straight up, I cannot live without this product.
2. My two favorite Lancome current lipsticks: first color is Natural Beauty, second is Crème de Marron.
3. Bonnie Bell lipgloss in Cappuccino. Right here. Amazing lip gloss. It's totally cheap and looks great over the Sienna lipliner. It also smells good. MUST READ: I learned about this lip gloss from a friend years ago – she was a broadway singer and actress living in New York.
One night out in the city, my friend went to the ladies room and touched up her lipgloss. In walked Gwyneth Paltrow. Gwyneth asked, "what
lipgloss is that you're putting on, I love it!?" My friend said she
laughed when she told her it was Bonnie Bell – something you can pick
up at Walmart. Can you imagine telling Gwyneth Paltrow that?
THE TRICK TO PRETTY + LASTING COLOR
The secret? Blend. Blend. Blend. Before I apply any lipstick, I lightly apply the Revlon lipliner near the edge of my lip line [notice I did not say the outer edge] and also FILL IN the rest of the lips. Key word: lightly! This is a very tricky thing to do. You could easily walk away looking like Morticia from The Adams Family, a clown, or the main character in a horror movie. Due to this potential disaster, I have found again and again that this particular lipliner and color is amazing. It's the PERFECT foundation for applying any color. If I want my lips to look light and fresh, I put it under my Laura Mercier "Caramel." If I want them to look more colorful or dark, I put it under Lancome's "Crème de Marron."
The important part: since you've applied the Revlon liner under your color, your lipstick has something to kind of "hang on" to. And since you've filled in your lipliner instead of just lining it, you never have that weirdo line once your lipstick rubs off.
MY CURRENT FAVORITE RED
Lancome's Blossom Bouquet. It's different than it appears in this picture. It's not a powerful
red, but applied over the sienna lipliner it becomes a rich red – very striking against fair skin. Would be gorgeous on a blonde! This is the lipcolor I had on in this post someone asked me about. You can buy it at the Lancome counter and I found it online right here.
Hope you liked my dissertation. Holy smokes, did I just talk that long about lipstick? For those of you who made it this far down without falling asleep or leaving, thanks for humoring me! And happy lipstick hunting!
[first photo from here and second from Ericka McConnell]