Who dared this past summer to open up and let their daredevil free with all the awesome, exuberant, color-popping lipsticks?… I DID!
I was sooo styling my outfits with MAC’s Morange (bright orange), Impassioned (bright pink ) and Ruby Woo (matte red). I have even inspired some of my friends to explore couleurs on their lips (Oh yeaa!).
Whenever I want to rock popping lips I pair it with a light eye and face palette. What do I mean by this? Well, I don’t go heavy on the eyes (i.e. smokey eyes, dark eyeshadows). I apply a neutral base shadow like MAC’s Grain on my entire eyelid + light brown shadow on the eye crease to create depth such as MAC’s Brown Down with a hint of MAC’s Tempting…make sure to blend, blend, blend. Lastly, I use a semi shimmery highlighter on my brow bone like MAC’s All That Glitters which will help to define my eyebrows. I top it off with a winged eyeliner and two coats of Maybelline’s The Turbo Volum’ Express mascara. Voila!
Years ago, during my wonderful college days, I remember repeatedly saying that I will never wear pink lipstick and even worse RED! [Piece of advice, never say never, but I’m pretty sure you’re aware of this by now]. I simply thought that the colors were too bright which left me feeling exposed and placing focus on my big lips. However, it all changed when I tried a pink lipstick that my Mami gave me before leaving to college, were that bad boy sat in my cosmetic bags for yearsss! Anddd <drum rolls, please> I ab-so-lute-ly loved it! I was pairing it with most or all of my black ensemble outfits.
On a side note, I read an interesting article which I unfortunately don’t remember the source. It stated that red lipstick actually gives the illusion of smaller lips. Huh?! That’s correct. Just like we have our little black dress, blazer, or pants to hide unwanted areas to make us look slimmer – Red lipstick does the same for us blessed with big lips.
Well, Makeupnista I leave by daring YOU, the person who’ll never wear color on their lips to go out there and explore and be free! Free to give things a try. Free to express yourself, even if it is through makeup. Free to give yourself a chance. I pinky promise it won’t hurt. If you do, which I know you will get the courage- go right now and take out that new, freshly purchased vibrant color lipstick; and spread it all over your anxious lips. Don’t forget to feel free to share with us here the color you lip-tackled.
Pucker up and lip smack next summer with coLor,
Make-Up 101 Trivia Answer
In the early 1900s, Maybelline was known to specialize in what area?
a) Eyeliner b) Lipstick c) Mascara d) Lip-gloss e) I give up