I recently walked into Sephora and of course was instantly overwhelmed. I was overwhelmed because I was lucky enough to have a handy gift card in my pocket to assist with my spending habits and I was overwhelmed because, I mean, Sephora is where makeup mavens dream and where I walk zombielike through racks and racks of things I don’t even know how to use. Nonetheless, there is something I know how to use and something I love wrapped in one little package from Sephora, and that is lipstick. All colours, all textures, hand me a stick and I’ve got a smile on for days.
I think lipstick is so individualized and truly makes a look, but because my desire to wear lilac matte is not everyone’s cup-a-tea here are a few options you may want to try (read: run to Sephora and sport pink lips like it’s no ones business).
One thing about Sephora, they have every lipstick for every price. My favourite is NARS Scarlett Empress for the colder months, although you can never put it past me to wear this sultry shade on a summer night. I also lust for NARS Manhunt, because Orange in summer is fabulous and Manhunt is not overwhelmingly peach, but subtle and tame for the farer skinned ladies not ready for radioactive lip colour. Both are priced at $30.00 dollars and may be found in store (Scarlett Empress is always sold out to my dismay, so try ordering it online).
bareMinerals Marvellous Moxie Lipstick in hot pink, rightly named Risk It All, nourishes with vitamins A, C, and E, and coats the lips with an antioxidant defence to enhance their lustre and shine. There’s also Lead the Way, a rich wine colour that looks wonderful on the fair skin and dark haired (which is why I love it!). Try both for $23.00 dollars each. Yes, a bit of a splurge, but if you have delicate skin and still want some colour, bareMinerals is the way to go.
As for lipgloss, I am not much of a fan, per se, but I do understand the desire to be subtle and sexy- a wonderful combination for every woman. I absolutely love, and use, Sephora’s own Sephora Collection Colour Wand For Lips (currently on sale for $7.00 dollars!!). The wand has so many colours to offer and is perfect for a lady on a budget (hello, me!) who wants compact colours for all seasons. Another of my loves is Philosophy’s Pink Frosted Animal Cracker Lip Shine Gloss. When I want my lipstick to be less over the top and more calm, I use this gloss to tame the colour a bit. Likewise, when I’m running errands, this gloss just completes a casual jeans look, which I definitely favour from time to time.
My mother always tells me (yes, I am admitting this) that when I don’t wear lip colour I look naked, not a style I want to portray everyday. So, although there are so many choices for all different seasons I think it is always so wonderful to experiment, albeit while staying within your colour margins.
Bright purple lips only work for me because it’s a bit crazy and so am I.
All the best,