If you know me, you knooooow I love to wear red lipstick. I've always loved to wear lipstick. So much so, that when I was in 5th grade I took my mom's red lipstick to school and put some on during lunch time. I was quickly sent to the principle's office for doing so. Crazy! Just for putting on lipstick! Yet now that I'm a parent, if had a daughter who was in fifth grade and wore lipstick to school, the school principle would be the least of her worries.
As hard as it may be to view lipstick as an accessory, it really can be. The right color could add the right statement to any outfit.
Lipstick color, Peony
Lipstick color, Hot Pink
Lipstick color, Red
I know for some lipstick can be pretty bold but once you get use to wearing it, it can be as addicting as buying shoes. Granted not all colors look good with all skin tones, so you might find yourself with some hits and misses. Going to a department store counter is a great way to try lipstick colors against your skin and you don't necessarily have to buy one of those pricey lipsticks either. Don't get me wrong, I will pay $25.00 for my favorite massacre (Diorshow) . I won't use anything else after trying tons of drugstore bands and department store brands but one of my favorite lipsticks IS a drugstore (Target) brand.
Although this lipstick doesn't really stay on 14 hours, it still stays on pretty long and doesn't crack off or make your lips stiff. You may wear a lip liner with it but it's really not need.
Tips - Accessorizing and Wearing Lipsticks
- Start with red. Believe it or not, red goes with most skin tones and most outfits. It's an easy way to add "pop" to any look.
- The best eye make-up for a lipstick newbe is black eyeliner on the top lid with a black or brown eyeshadow under your bottom eye lid, plus mascara.
-If you want a dramatic look, black or grey "cat eyes" look great with most lipstick colors (like look number 1 above)
- When wearing lipstick as an accessory, minimize your other accessories like necklaces, bangles, etc. (like look number 2 above)
- Match your lipstick to your shoes or handbag to play it safe (like look number 3 above).
- Whenever you wearing lots of dark eyeshadow (other then black), try to wear a nude or peony color. Or whenever you wear very minimum eyeshadow, choose a color of lipstick that pops.
- If you have been wearing lipstick, be sure to wear chapstick or some type of conditioning on your lips whenever your not wearing lipstick. It really helps to prevent drying, cracking and wrinkles on your lips.
-Keep your lipstick chiseled for easier application. You can do this at home by getting card stock paper or a clean business card and slowing shaving a flat angle on the top of your lipstick. Be careful. I've knocked off a few lipsticks when I first learned how to do this.
- Never mush your lips together. Put your lipstick on evenly.
- You may blot your lips with a tissue if you'd like a matte look to your lipstick.
-Don't forget to do the finger test. Finger test?!! I'd show you but I wouldn't want people to get the wrong idea (lol). Basically, you stick your CLEAN finger in your mouth (like a lollipop) and pull it back out slowly to remove any enter lipstick that may get on your teeth. I'm sure there are other ways to do this but that's what I do (lol).
You can also check out my fellow blogger Erica (Sweets and Hearts) and her great review on some lipsticks.
I know some of your were waiting for the big "new hair cut" reveal but I honestly haven't had a chance to take a picture. Next post, I promise!