Friday, March 26, 2010

Pucker Up Buttercup

I don't know about you, but every time I watch an episode of Mad Men (which is often) I always wonder, Why don't I wear lipstick more often? Is it a generational thing? Is lip gloss a suitable replacement? Will it end up as tooth lacquer?

My very first lipstick was a regrettable rusty-matte color by Revlon called Toast of New York. I opted to debut this shade for my 8th grade class photo. (Paired with thick and pale foundation, I looked anything but toast-worthy. Not a trend I'd care to resuscitate). Often the troubles that seem to accompany lipsticks can seem to outweigh the benefits, but I've found a few brands and colors that you could toss into rotation, after watching Mad Men or otherwise.

Cover Girl Parisian Pink No.545, Revlon Sassy Mauve Creme No. 463, LipFusion Plumping Pencil in Pretty.
Plums: Benefit Silk Lip Pencil in Sangria, Nars Afghan Red (it's very plum)
Reds: Note, these are t-r-i-c-k-y. I have found that layering a few of the aforementioned plum choices with reds create the prettiest and most glamorous lip: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupt in Red Muse, Revlon Love that Red.

Before applying lipstick I sometimes brush my lips gently with a wet toothbrush. Do this quickly as the mere sight of this behavior can lead to embarrassing conversation. Use a small bit of chapstick to prep and bonus points for applying a small dab of foundation to create an even lip canvas. Smooch!


  1. LOL, I know what you mean about the regretable junior high makeup choices ... I think I wore a LOT of dark brown-red lipstick at first and then switched to the super-sparkly glitter eye and lip combos. Eeeeesh ... ;) Thanks for the suggestions!

  2. Thanks for the great ideas! I also like MAC's lipstick in Dubonnet (a bright red color great for blonde hair and fair skin). I used to wear a color from Stila called Kate (a darker brick red - heard it was one of Gwyneth Paltrow's favorites), but of course, as is my luck with cosmetics I love, they discontinued it!