OWN / Favourite lipsticks
L-R: Nars Semi-Matte lipstick in Schiap, MAC Amplified Creme lipstick in Impassioned*, MAC Satin lipstick in MAC Red, Nars Semi-Matte lipstick in Jungle Red, Lancome L’Absolu Nu lipstick in #303 Rose Caresse, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick in #54 Boy
For the longest time, I wouldn’t wear anything but lip balm because I thought colour and/or shine on my
fairly biglush lips dominated my face. Although my lips are quite naturally pigmented, I noticed sometime last year that they tend to be quite washed out in photos. At the same time, I saw more and more girls rocking bright shades of lipstick on the streets and decided to give it a whirl. Paired with lipliner (I use MAC’s lip pencil in Cherry for red shades and Laura Mercier’s in Potpourri for all others) and a matte face, it worked.
Hot pink was the first colour that clicked. I tried a coral that was too orange, then on the advice of a makeup artist in a MAC store I tried a red that made me look like a slightly emo clown - I later realised it was too dark for my face. I was convinced I was just one of those girls who couldn’t wear red lipstick and moved on; I’d been playing with a Dior lip palette my mom got me on a flight and the sheer fuchsia lipstick had been quite flattering, so I decided to try that instead. NARS Schiap was love at first sight. I go bold when I wear Schiap, and though I adore it I wear MAC Impassioned (a brighter, more orange pink than Schiap) as more of a stain.
I decided to try reds again upon receiving a pair of red birthday shoes, and bought MAC Red on the recommendation of a friend. It looked good, but was a touch deep for my skin tone and too much with the slick of black eyeliner I favour. Still, I’d never come that close before and figured that was it. As luck would have it, I had to swing by Liberty to get some tights and a candle and conveniently, not deliberately of course, stopped by the NARS counter. The makeup artist recommended NARS Jungle Red, which she called a true red, and with one swatch on my palm I bought it. It is the most perfect red on me and I will never stray unless I find one that’s a touch less dry… apparently Rouge d’Armani #400 is good. I’ll let you know.
I’d also been looking for a tinted lip conditioner for everyday wear. A lovely salesgirl in Harrods recommended Lancome L’Absolu Nu in #303, which she said provided a sheer wash of neutral colour that was very hydrating. It was a very pretty coral rose, a wee bit too bright but lovely once I’d dabbed the excess off. I left with it. Then Chanel Rouge Coco Shine was released and the blogosphere went crazy, so I had to see if Boy lived up to the hype. It’s almost a perfect match for my natural lip colour, a bit more purple than the Lancome, and more hydrating. I’ve worn it everyday since.
* This is definitely more pink than it appears in the photo. I apologise for the lighting - I shot in daylight but I couldn’t get the white balance right, and had to up the red and blue levels to make most of the other colours look accurate.