I’m sure we all have those days when we don’t feel like wearing makeup. For me, that’s actually most days.
I don’t like the feeling of makeup on my skin all day every day, and even eyeliner takes too long in the morning. I love doing a crazy makeup look when I’m going out at night, but for work, I can’t be bothered to do much more than wash my face.
Usually, on days like that, I rely on the massive collection of lipsticks, stains, and tinted balms rolling around on the bottom of my purse. One quick swipe and my lips have a bold pop of color to distract from any zits I was too lazy to cover up. However, sometimes I’m too lazy (or rushed) even for that.
What do you do when you can’t be bothered to wear makeup but you still feel the need to distract from acne scars and dark circles? The solution is very simple: You direct the eyes away from your face by wearing makeup all over your body instead.
Stop smearing lipstick on your chest. I’m talking about beauty-themed clothes and accessories.
For example, my hot pink lips-covered sweater from Forever 21. For almost $30, it cost more than the average tube of lipstick but whatever, it saves me a lot of time in the morning. I don’t need to wear any makeup with this sweater because it would only clash. The hot pink lips all over my torso are more than enough color for me to get away with a neutral face.
In case this idea intrigues any of you (or if you also just really love a fun print), I rounded up a few other beauty-themed clothing and jewelry options below.
I tried to pick something at every price point. Going clockwise from top left: Forever 21 Puckered Lips Tank, $14; Sonia Rykiel Lips Necklace, a whopping $245; Forever 21 Mysterious Eyes Sweater, $27.50; Catbird Eyelash Necklace, on sale for $185; Nasty Gal Helix Dress in Kisses, $72; Betsey Johnson Girly Lip Stud Earrings, $25; Corner Shop Winking Eye Cropped Tee, $24; Eyes Drop Earrings by Jennifer Loiselle on Bottica (comes in three colors AND as lips and nails too), $81; Zara Strass T-shirt, $35; and Tatty Devine Avant Garde Robot Lips Necklace, $45.
Forever 21 and Nasty Gal in particular had a large selection of makeup-themed clothes, with the former being particularly affordable.
For those of you whose budget doesn’t allow for whimsical sweater purchases, I have a final option: the DIY version! There’s two ways you could do this. You could grab some fabric markers and a plain shirt/dress/scarf/whatever and freehand whatever you like.
I did a fully made-up face with cat eyes and a hot pink lip on an old t-shirt.
The other option for those of you who aren’t artistically inclined, or for those who would prefer a print, is to make a stencil and decorate your clothing item that way. Here’s what you’ll need:
● A plain, unembellished shirt (or sweater/dress/scarf)
● Fabric paint in the color(s) you choose and a brush
● Cardboard or some kind of barrier to go inside the shirt to protect the paint from leaking through to the other side
● Thick paper to make the stencil (and scissors, of course)
All you have to do is draw a large set of lips on your paper and cut it into a stencil. Make sure to make the lips large because otherwise you will find it impossible to cut out the shape. I took step-by-step photos of this process below, which might be handy if you have no idea how to draw lips:
I also made a gif if that’s more your speed!
Now place your stencil on your shirt and paint inside the lines.
Of course, the upper and bottom lips will not be connected, so if you prefer them to connect you will have to touch up the corners with a few extra dabs of paint.
Feel free to place your stencil at jaunty angles. You can do the front and the back if you wish.
Just a word of caution: make sure the paint has dried completely before you try moving or wearing the shirt, or else it will smear all over your shirt and you will be very upset.
This is the final result.
I was very happy with it. And yes, I am wearing makeup in these photos; it’s my no-makeup makeup look. In case you’re wondering, these are the products I used for a pretty look that wouldn’t clash with my outfit:
I don’t feel human without curled eyelashes and a swipe of mascara (my favorite is still CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume). I’ve just started using Clinique Redness Solutions Makeup (in Calming Alabaster) to deal with my skin insecurities, and I love it. It’s the first high-end foundation I’ve ever purchased, and so far it’s been worth it. I’m sure I’ll talk about this foundation again another time.
The Clinique Chubby Stick in Curviest Caramel came free with my purchase, which made me pretty excited. It’s the perfect hint of natural color and very moisturizing.
So, what do you think of this way of expressing your love of makeup on days when you don’t want it on your face? Would you do it? If anyone attempts the DIY lips shirt, I want to see a picture!