A Little Red Lip

While I absolutely condone the use of red lipstick year round, there is no better time to put on a red pout than during the yuletide.

It’s the ultimate go-to party look. It’s the iconic Christmas look. You can’t go wrong with that bold, beautiful, bright lip colour.

Think Marilyn Monroe. Think Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge. Think Jessica Rabbit, even. Femme fatales everywhere unite.

And you can definitely go simple on every other aspect of your makeup and focus on the lip. Or you can go with a full dramatic eye as well. Screw the rules. Wear your red lipstick however you want to.

Lately, though, my favourite makeup to do on the daily is a basic face with minimal eyeshadow and then that bright lip. It’s quick and festive, so I can get ready for work in minimal time but I can also show up looking like I put in a ton of effort.

The secret with any bold lipstick, of course, is practice to get those precise edges. But let’s be real, I don’t have the skill even with practice, so I rely heavily on lip liner, makeup remover and concealer. In that order. While I said a red lip is quick for me now, it is always a good idea to leave yourself some extra time if you want to get it perfect. Just like with eyeliner, yanno?

Given that I am rocking a red lip rather frequently as of late, I thought I would compile a short list of my favourites at the moment. These are lipsticks that have great colour payoff, are easy enough for me (a non-expert) to apply and have each lasted a 6-hour shift at work.

stila All Day Liquid Lipstick in “Beso”

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As far as liquid lipsticks go, this is a good one. It has a wand application, which is easy enough to deal with, and the colour is ridiculously rich. Keep in mind, once this liquid lipstick is on, it is on. There is no going back unless you want to redo your whole face of makeup.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in “Olivia”

 

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This is the only NARS lipstick I own and I’m really not sure why. Frankly, it’s fabulous. The  formula is rich and moisturizing, and when I reapply throughout the day, the new layer still goes on smoothly, not like other lipsticks where reapplication becomes really cakey and gross. (“cakey” and “gross” being the technical terms)

Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayon in “Rose Hip”

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Bite Beauty is my everything lately. A Canadian, female-run, cruelty-free beauty company with good products? Sign me tf up.

This lip crayon is a bright, pink-based red that goes on so smoothly. It’s similar to a lipliner, so it has decent staying power, but it’s also easy to remove, meaning if it gets really messed up halfway through the day, you can wipe it off and start from scratch. This is the red lip I can get nearly perfect in under five minutes.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in “Mistletoe”

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Did I say I liked Bite Beauty? Because I really do. This lipstick is a Christmas edition, and as soon as I saw it, I went, “Yep. Need that.”

This lipstick is super moisturizing, but I wouldn’t recommend applying it without a liner first. Since I don’t have one that matches perfectly, I’m currently using an old Sephora brand lip liner in a generic red just to get the shape down, and so the lipstick doesn’t bleed out at all. Once that’s done, though, it’s straight to those mysterious, femme fatale vibes. But also festive, of course.

It Glitters

It began last year, my association with autumn and sparkly eye makeup.

I had this gold-y, bronze-y makeup look perfected that was always completed in the same four steps.

Imagine my delight when I got my hands on makeup products that take basically the same look down to one or two steps. Sometimes I like taking time on my makeup, sometimes I really don’t, yanno?

Recently, I wrote a piece for Novella Magazine about fall beauty trends, and something I came across in my research was sparkle. Glittery eyes and metallic lips.

Now that the weather has finally started to cool down, the basic bitch inside me is living and knows there’s no time like the present to test out a fall makeup trend. For me, colder weather is about bringing back the glam. only very few can do glam all year round. I am not one of those few. Summer is about neutrals and ease. Effortless. Autumn is when I’m aiming for something along the lines of, she could steal your heart and maybe your soul, too. Way dramatic.

That being said, these makeup looks I tried out are really not that dramatic. This is an experiment in me taking the trend and applying it in ways I would actually wear out of the house, and have done.

For each look, there’s a corresponding product, so consider this also a review.

Glittery Eyes

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow

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Mooning (L) and Game Face

I love Colour Pop. I loooooooove. I’m not sponsored by them but I damn wish I was. I’m just a big fan, and one of the reasons for that is it’s some pretty good shit for pretty cheap prices. The only downside is living in Canada. For a number of reasons.

I’ve only used their shadows a few times before, so when I saw some metallic shades online, I thought, hell yeah.

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Wearing Game Face alone

I ordered two, in the shades Game Face and Mooning. I’ve worn Game Face quite a few times by now on its own, and it’s an awesome way to get that metallic shimmery eye really quickly. I use my fingers to apply the shadow and usually wear it without any other shadows because it’s glorious and pigmented and all that good stuff.

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Game Face and Mooning

Mooning is darker and sparkle-ier. (I’m making up so many words in this blog post. Who has a journalism degree? What?) I tried applying it with a brush to get a bit on the outside of the eye, but again it works best with the finger. Just dab it. It gets a bit messy but I actually kinda like it that way. It’s like, I didn’t try that hard, but I still look amazing.

Kat Von D Serpentina Eye Shadow Palette

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I was really unsure about this guy when I picked it up at Sephora. Normally, I hear only good reviews for Kat Von D products, but there are a few glitter eye palettes on the market right now, and a lot of them are getting mixed reviews. Chalk it up to different ways people have tried applying the shadows, maybe.

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Just like the Colour Pop, I found I got much less colour payoff with the shadows when I applied them with a brush. For this palette, I’d say either use a wet brush (haven’t tried that, but may work) or just keep it going with the FANGER. I got glitter all over my hands when I was trying these shadows out.

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The shades I used (Hieroglyph and Medusa) were definitely more sparkly than the Colour Pop, but I loved them because of that. These are really similar shades, but the formulas wear very differently. For the bang for your buck, though, maybe go with the Colour Pop. Although, the Serpentina palette has some other shades I’m pretty keen to try out soon.

Metallic Lips

Colour Pop Metallic Liquid Lipstick

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Dear God, what? Metallic lips were something that initially, I was not feeling. I am about that matte lip. You see me with that matte lip. I’m not even crazy about lip glosses.

At the same time, I was curious. What in the heck will these be like. So, I grabbed two shades from Colour Pop. For science.

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Kween, the first shade, is a red with gold glitter. It takes a few layers to get full colour effect, but once you do it’s pretty wicked. I hadn’t even worn this before taking these pictures but I actually really liked it on. There’s something very Christmas-esque to me about.

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Zebra is pure metallic. It’s bronze liquid goodness and holy crap is it pigmented. I actually have worn this lipstick once before on a night out, but it was in August and I got so sweaty my whole face melted off. For the second trial, it was as good as I remembered, but I’m still on the fence about wether the colour is good on me. I like it, but I also think the bronze is kinda unflattering for my skin tone. However, it does fit in perfectly with my current ~earth tones~ aesthetic, so to hell with the rules and maybe I’ll just wear it anyway.

Bright Lipsticks for Summer

I’m a person who generally likes to wear makeup. Not everyday, depending on what I may be doing, but I like do it. I spend arguably too much time watching makeup tutorials online and mooning over Sephora products I definitely do not need. I love makeup, but I don’t always love wearing it in the summer.

I’ve mentioned this in a previous blog post, but I get really hot. I tend to run pretty warm all year round, but in the summer I’m a human furnace walking through a furnace planet. Sweat happens. Makeup doesn’t seem like such good idea when it’s probably just going to melt off of my face.

That being said, there are still those days where I’m feeling a little glam. Those days where I want a little something extra. I’m a big believer in people finding confidence in themselves without makeup, but I’m also a big believer that some days, all you need is a little bright lipstick to take you out of the dumps.

Since it’s summertime, it’s also the perfect time to rock a ridiculously bright lip. Not that you can’t do that all year round, but I personally gravitate towards the dark and moody shades in the colder months, and the summer is all about bight and neon.

Under the cut are some of my favourite bright, bold lipsticks to rock in the summer.

Lipstick 1

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MAC – “Flat Out Fabulous” Retro Matte and “More to Love” Lip Liner

When I first picked this lipstick up at MAC, it was more of a spur-of-the-moment purchase than anything else. This dark pink-ey shade? Really? When am I going to wear this? Turns out the answer to that is all the freakin’ time in the spring and summer. I think this is a super fun shade that is nice for casual daytime activities but still adds that pop of colour, yanno?

Lipstick 2

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MAC – “Heroine” Matte Lipstick

Unlike Flat Out Fabulous, I knew exactly what this lipstick would be for when I bought it. Summertime going-out lipstick, babeh. Oh yeah. And I have worn this out so many times going out with friends on those summer nights. Usually every time I wear it, I get at least one person asking, “Is that Heroine by MAC?”

Lipstick 3

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Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in “Mischevious” 

Budget lipsticks are good lipsticks. I love MAC and Bite Beauty and NARS a whole heck of a lot, but when you’re on a budget there’s just no way to get all high-end all the time. Let’s be real. The Revlon Colorburst lipsticks have been around for ages, and they’re still great. The matte balms aren’t totally matte. They still have a bit of wetness to them, but that means they’re also not completely drying like other mattes can be. I’ve had this coral shade for about three years. And because of that, actually, I’m still using it even though it’s down to the smallest nub. That’s how much I love this lipstick/how lazy I am when it comes to replacing it.

Lipstick 4

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Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in “Persimmon” 

I love me a good red lipstick. I loooooove it. I love. Back when I had my white blonde hair, I was all about it. The contrast mad it such a look I’m telling you. Even now as a brunette, I still gravitate towards dramatic reds. To me there’s just something so classic and striking about a red lip. It takes me from my awkward self to a mysterious, probably dangerous femme fatale. In theory, anyway. In the fall, it’s about those brown-based reds. At Christmas, obviously ya girl is going for a blue-based bright red. In the summer, it’s all about the orange-based red. It works perfectly for the season and gives you those Bond-girl-on-vacation vibes all the time.