I have a lot of lip products. A lot. Two and a half of the drawers in my beauty caddy thing-a-majig contain lip colours, along with an acrylic lipstick holder and various makeup bags that overflow with lipsticks, glosses and tinted balms.
Don't get me wrong--I love lipstick. Applying it to your bare face can make you look suddenly "done" and ready to go. The only thing is, I tend to focus more on giving myself glowy skin, perfectly sculpted brows and defined eyes. On a pretty regular basis, my lips end up getting the short end of the stick, a quick application of some chapstick or maybe a gloss that pretty closely resembles my natural lip colour. Boring, dude!
After going through and reorganizing my lip drawers (and tossing a few shades) I was still left with an overwhelming collection begging to be worn. So after some playing around, I've come across three foolproof lip looks that I know I will wear and that will suit whatever mood I'm going after on any given day.
Yes, three is a very modest starting point, but baby steps, OK?
My natural lip colour is pretty nice: a beige-y rose that most "neutral" lipsticks seem to resemble. The only thing is sometimes my mouth can look a bit faded. Sometimes if I take a photo where I'm not wearing any lip colour it barely registers. I don't like that. I also have a pretty uneven lip line on my bottom lip due to a scar with origins unknown.
This means I need a lip colour that I can wear on a day-to-day basis that is "my lips, but better."
To get the look, I start by dabbing a bit of Estée Lauder Pure Color High Intensity Lip Lacquer in Liquid Petal, a pure rosy pink with brown undertones, on the centre of my upper and lower lips. The product is extremely pigmented and thick, so I only use a tiny bit in preparation for the next step.
After that, I take Clinique's Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Curvy Candy, a sheer bubblegum pink, and use it to draw the previous product out all over my lips until the two shades are blended and my lips are totally covered in product. I prefer to do it this way because I want the colour to be subtle but still add a bit of brightness to my face.
I also love that these two products combined keep my lips feeling super-soft and moisturized thanks to the combination of their gloss and balm formulations.
MOODY FALL RED
I'm always a fan of red lipstick, and I don't think you can ever have too many tubes of it. Every one is unique in its own special way!
The one I'm currently all about, though? With an average rating of 5 out of 5 stars on Sephora (whoa dude!), it's Ardency Inn's MODSTER Long Play Supercharged Lip Colour in Lovecat. It's described as a "sexy deep red with teeth-whitening blue undertones." I like the sound of that!
And while I could totally proclaim my love for this lipstick based on its Cure-referencing name alone, the formula truly speaks for itself. It IS long wearing, it is highly pigmented, and it is moisturizing. All the shades in this wonderfully tailored collection are gorgeous with fantastic colour payoff, so I'd recommend picking up a bunch, but if you've got to go for one, spring for Lovecat. Perfect for femme fatale, murderous babe, fall vibes. La-di-da...
"AUTUMN LEAVES" CORAL
It might seem a bit weird to wear a lip shade called "Tropicoral" in the middle of fall, but trust me here. Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick in Tropicoral is the perfect shade for Fall, because it so closely resembles that burnt orange shade of turning fall leaves, but perfectly tailored into something you'd want to wear on your mouth. It's bright and fun without being in your face, and has a slight retro feel to it that goes nicely with mod little collared dresses and textured tights.
I wear it with the magical-paddle lip liner that Marci wrote about, in Natural, for colour that lasts all dang day, even between sipping multiple mugs of hot apple cider (I don't really care about pumpkin spice lattes, guys, sorry).
Are you changing up the lip colours you wear for the fall or do you not care about the rules? Because if you wanna wear bubblegum pink lipstick on November 1st, I will not stop you. You do you, babe.