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.


Pinks:
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!


2 comments:

  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!

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  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!

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