Hello my darlings.
Today is an important day, as it begins my timely, predictable posting on this here weblog. Please be excited. Every Monday the post will be beauty-related and titled “Makeup Monday: Weekly Theme.” You can see a prime and not obvious example of this on this very post.
If you know me, you will know that I have a burning addiction to makeup and all beauty products. I should probably seek counseling, but I just recently vowed to stay away from Sephora. Ergo, Makeup Mondays should be therapeutic for me. Every day I fight with myself and with God about whether or not I should enter the field of Makeup Artistry. I stand at attention with my tapered blending brush cocked and aimed, ready to add the perfect crease color. It’s seductive, the idea of playing and painting for a career. But it is not my greatest talent nor is it for the common good. So I pack away all 5 of my active tubes of mascara and resign myself to having only myself and my ever-appreciated friends as a client base and I think I’m okay with that.
Therefore, every Monday, I shall put on my Makeup Artist cap and shout to the internet of my vast (and arguably useless) knowledge and vaguely biased opinions and from the ashes shall rise Makeup Monday!
This week’s topic? The pink lip. Yet another obvious title reference. Someone, please, stop me.
The beauty of the pink lip is its versatility and its wonderful ability to transition from winter to spring.
1) In these late winter months, a matte or frosted dark pink with burgundy tones is appropriate. Some of my favorites are:
Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in: Coquette 375, Feline 385, and Sweetheart 390
Clinique Different Lipstick in: Rose Aglow, Ice Bloom, and Shy
On particularly drab and dreary end-of winter days, you can pair these with a subtle grey eye on the lid and a dark grey smoky shadow liner (stick to the lashline for a conservative approach, or smoke it out to your dramatic heart’s content.)
For the eyes, some recommendations would be:
Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadow Quads in: Charcoal Smokes 04 and Velvet Crush 20.
MAC Eye Shadow in: Forgery for the lid; Silver Ring or Print for the liner.
When it’s not as cold out or the sun is shining and so are you, stick to a neutral eye with soft, shimmery browns and skin tones.
I think we’re all intelligent enough to not need help picking out a neutral eye shadow, but I can’t resist the urge to recommend the Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection:
2) For Spring, BRIGHT is the word! Bold color is in, and the makeup world is your oyster as far as pigmentation goes.
Want opaque? Revisit our friends at CoverGirl and squeal over Fairytale 405 and Siren 415.
Also opaque and my absolute favorite drugstore lipstick is the Maybelline Color Sensational Lipcolor. For opaque, spring-appropriate brights, try these. I live for the melon-toned Pink Peony 035, Pink Me Up 045, and Pinkalicious 055 and the berry-toned Party Pink 155.
Want a glossy, moderately pigmented lipstick? Try my favorites over at Clinique, the Butter Shine Lipstick in Pink-a-Boo, Pink Goddess, and Fresh Watermelon.
3) In the milk-curdling, hair-frying, dragon-fire heat that is a Texas Summer, you have two options:
Tell summer to suck it and rock a neon like those offered at MAC in Something New, Show Orchid, and the amazing Impassioned (pictured below).
Or you can stick to barely-there shades that won’t show if they melt off your face, such as the Maybelline Color Sensational Pearls Lipcolor in Twinkle 705 or Pearly Pink 720.
Of course you could always go natural and use your sweat as a lipgloss, but that is NOT fabulous. If you do decide to rock a lip product in 100% humidity, make sure you prime and line before you apply your lipstick. As far as completing the look, whatever you can get to stick to your face works. The beauty of a bright lip is that you can get away with a waterproof mascara and a cream highlighter on your browbone and look put together.
4) A more forgiving option for younger or less adventurous trend followers is, of course, a gloss. Pigmentation in glosses these days run the gamut.
At the opaque end, you can rock the OCC Lip Tars in Memento, Divine, Pageant, or Anime (seen below). This product is amazing and a teeny tiny drop of color will paint your lips and will stay put no matter the heat index. They are a lipstick in gloss form, if that makes any sense. (I know it doesn’t, just trust me and buy one.)
For moderate color, a splurge on a MAC Lip Glass or two might be worth it. I’d recommend Nymphette, Pink Poodle, or Lust. And who could forget the Viva Glam Gaga Lip Glass?
And last but not least, for sheer yet build-able gloss (with SPF!!), I adore Clinique Long Last Glosswear, especially in Clearly Pink, Cabana Crush, and Bamboo Pink. I’ve had a tube of Bamboo Pink in my purse since high school (not the same tube…) and I absolutely adore it.
And there you have it, folks! The many, many options for a flirty and playful pink lip. I hope y’all enjoyed this week’s Makeup Monday.
Leave a comment and tell me your favorite pink lip product.