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November 11, 2012

Lipstick Lineup

Hi friends!
Out with the gloss, in with the stick. Lipstick that is. Lately, I have found myself purchasing lipstick as opposed to lip gloss. I think the older I get, there is something demure about reaching for a tube of lipstick. It makes me think about when I was younger and I used to watch my mother apply her lipstick and how I so desperately wanted to be like her. It makes me think about the old days. Old beauty and old Hollywood. From Cleopatra to actresses of the 40’s, 50’s and even 60’s. They always wore the most beautiful shades of lipstick. It makes me think of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor and unfortunately Marilyn Manson. He ALMOST ruined it. I can’t believe I just grouped him in the same sentence with such iconic women. Moving on. So, after years and years of searching for the perfect shades, here are my favorites. I don’t associate colors with seasons. If I feel like wearing a bright pink in the Fall or Winter, I am going to do it, by golly! My choice depends on my mood kind of like the perfume I choose. It is never the same. Remember, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg for a tube of lipstick. Drugstore brands work just as well. I have a wide range of brands that I love equally as much. So here goes: LEFT TO RIGHT.

1. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry.

By now, you should all be noticing a trend upon actresses and models from the latest fashion week. Wine colored lips were everywhere! If you are going to do a wine lip, DO NOT add a gloss on top. I love the matte look. But if you have dry lips (as most of us do during this time of year) scrub your lips with sugar before you apply. This will not only make your lips incredibly smooth, but it won’t make your lipstick clump and it will stay on longer. Also, go easy on the eye make up when wearing darker lipstick. Skip the blush, too.
2. Nars in Flamenco.
If you are valiant enough to wear red, I commend you. Not everyone is brave enough. But if you are, this color is where it’s at! Scrub your lips with sugar and make sure to line your lips before applying. Also, stick with some simple black eyeliner on the top of your lids with pale eyeshadow. Wear bronzer and skip the blush. If you are going to go bold with the lips, keep the rest of your face pretty simple. Reds look best when wearing clothes that are navy, white, cream or black. Don’t be matchy matchy and wear red clothing and red lips. You will never match the shades exactly and I think that is what makes it look awkward. That’s just my opinion. Moving on…
3. Clinique Different Lipstick in Glazed Berry.
I am not afraid of bright pink. In fact….I love it. This color looks great with tanned skin….but please don’t go to a tanning bed to achieve this. Use a self tanner! Say no to wrinkles. Okay, back to the lipstick. This particular lipstick from Clinique is amazing because it is so full of moisture. Again, when applying darker shades, try to line your lips first and scrub, scrub, scrub with sugar.
4. MAC Satin Lipstick in Snob.

Okay, this is my most recent purchase and probably my favorite. It is going to be my go to color. It is the most perfect baby pink and goes perfectly with a summer bronzed skin or my pale winter skin. It goes with everything. This particular lipstick is more of a dry matte so I like to put on some Chapstick before applying. I would recommend this color for anyone. Blondes, brunettes, red-heads…anyone! It is perfectly delicate.
5. Bobby Brown Creamy Lip Color in Pale Mauve.

This lipstick is amazing. It is for the days when you feel like looking natural and classic. It is the perfect mauve. (It is also what Kate Middleton wore on her wedding day.) Skip the Chapstick or gloss. It has plenty of moisture but because of this, it may not stay on as long as some of the others. But who cares…I will re-apply this until they discontinue this color which I hope they never do. (Please MAC, read this blog…don’t do it!)
6. Stila Lipstick in Louise.
This might as well be dubbed as the “perfect peach”….because it is. It also has a little bit of sparkle in it and what girl doesn’t love sparkle? I have had this color for 2 years now and it has lasted me forever! When wearing peach, stick with white, cream, and pastel colors for your wardrobe.
7. Revlon Colorbust Lipstick in Soft Nude.

I saw this lipstick on Pinterest and the pinner wrote “the perfect nude” so that caught my attention of course. I am the girl that is always looking for the best nude lipstick because I like to wear smoky eyes. I always love the smoky eye look for night time. When I do this, I prefer my lips to not stand out. I want the focus on my eyes. I can finally say, I have found the perfect nude….and it is perfectly priced. =)
I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles.

-Audrey Hepburn

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