Long before I was ever expressing myself creatively through writing, I was thoroughly immersed in the world of art. As a little girl, I spent hours painting, drawing, cutting and pasting, and the progression from painting on paper (and sometimes my hands) to my face seemed pretty natural.
I was wearing makeup long before most other kids, but it was never about "prettiness" or looking grown-up; it was simply an extension of that artistic need to create something through whichever medium appealed to me at that moment.
Years later, my desire to paint up my face like it's a canvas still remains the same, and thankfully there are plenty of brands out their that understand this brain-want.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics already has a painterly vibe with their highly pigmented, paint tube-esque Lip Tar and Cosmetic Colour Pencils that look like they belong in my grade-school art class. They've taken it a step further, though, with the release of their Primary Pack, a pared-down selection of mini Lip Tars in Feathered (white), Tarred (black), Rx (true blue), Traffic (yellow) and NSFW (pure red), and a precise lip brush, all for $29.
This kit offers up seemingly endless possibilities for mixing, creation and imagination. Anyone with a basic grasp of colour theory knows that by blending primary colours you create secondary colours (yellow+red=orange, etc.), and that you can adjust the intensity by adding black or white. Pretty easy stuff, and if you want to keep it simple, this kit has you covered.
But maybe you're looking for something a bit more unique--maybe you want to custom blend a shade to your liking. Well, with a little patience and precision, the ideal shade for you can be attained.
I already owned the shades included in OCC's kit, so I decided to concoct a couple colour mixtures for you guys to see the possibilities and to perhaps inspire you.
In addition to the Lip Tars and a lip brush, I enlisted the help of some mixing palettes that came with a Stila Magnificent Metals eyeshadow I got a while ago. You can use a plate or any other clean, flat surface (a margarine container lid, perhaps?) that enables you to blend your heart out.
My first combo was inspired by Pantone's choice for Colour Of The Year, Radiant Orchid. I put very tiny (these things are very pigmented) drops of white, blue and red Lip Tar into the palette and started to blend. I mixed the blue and red first to create my base of purple, using slightly more red than blue. Then I added in the white to soften up the colour and add a hint of pastel.
Once I was satisfied with the mix in my palette, I brushed it on to my lips to see how it looked. I was pretty pleased, even though I'm not the biggest fan of purple. I think it has the right amount of springtime vibrancy with a bit of vampiness to it.
Next up I wanted to create something a little bit closer to what I'd wear on a day-to-day basis. I like retro-feeling peachy shades, so I squeezed out a bit of the red, yellow and white Lip Tars to start.
Using a base of red, I added in a touch of yellow and to create a reddish-orange, and softened it up by adding in white. The resulting shade was the prettiest custom-coral ever, and I'm definitely going to be recreating it many more times in the future.
Now, with such creative freedom things can definitely veer off into weird territory, and there's nothing wrong with that. Weird beauty is good, and that's why I decided to mix up a forest green lip shade.
I wanted my green to be more turquoise than yellow-y, so I used more blue than yellow, and then added in a touch of black to darken it up.
The result was a bit sheer since my tube of black Lip Tar wasn't properly shaken up. Sometimes with Lip Tars, the pigment and base (which is clear) can separate in the tube unless you give them a good shaking. To make sure they're properly blended, I grab them from the wide-end (not the cap) and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. If you want a sheerer, more glossy application, though, then you can leave it unshaken.
Obviously, these are just a mere sliver of the options available with this kit. You can create a blood red by mixing Tarred and NSFW, or a soft sky blue with Feathered and Rx.
I think $29 is a pretty great price to pay for limitless creations, don't you? What dream-shade would you mix up?