While a bright, bold lip will always be in style (and looks SO GOOD on people not named Laura and Jennifer)…we’ve always been pretty loyal to a nude lip. SO, we were psyched to see this look on the fall runways. Here are our picks for the best nude lipsticks, plus a few tips for a flawless application.
Laura’s Favorite // Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Creme (#230) // This super creamy lipstick is infused with shea butter, making it extra moisturizing. It glides on really smooth and while it’s not matte, it’s definitely not super shimmer-y.
Jennifer’s Favorite // Wet N Wild Megalast Lip Color in Bare It All (#902C) // Great color, great price.
Laura’s Second Favorite // Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate in #113 // This is truly matte – a great look if you’re doing a sultry cat-eye and dramatic lashes. The only drawback is that the matte “lasting finish”can be kind of drying.
Christa’s Favorite // LORAC Cream Lipstick in Long Kiss // Our friend and makeup guru Christa recommends this peachy nude. It feels great going on, and provides a hint more color than these others.
Once you’ve picked your shade, try these tips for an application worthy of a make-up pro:
Exfoliate // Use a lip scrub, or improvise with an old toothbrush and vaseline.
Apply Lip Balm // Choose one that’s waxy, not oily or glossy. Easy does it.
Apply Concealer// Pat it on and around your lips with your finger. This neutralizes the natural pink of your lips.
Line Lips // Use a nude liner one shade darker than your skin tone, and then fill in your whole lip with the pencil to create a neutral base.
Apply lipstick //
Apply gloss // Use a clear gloss with no shimmer or sparkle. TA-DA!
In the spirit of the new year, we’ve been trying some new products / upgrading our usual stuff. Here are our five favorite new things. Hope you have a glitterous Friday!
Mrs Meyers Radish Soap – L was first to try this delicious new scent from Mrs. Meyers. Now we’re both obsessed. Has an invigorating, clean scent, which is great when you’re washing dishes and you’re feeling a little (or a lot) tired.
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Show Off Mascara – We make our way through Rimmel products on the reg. We picked up their latest and greatest mascara a few weeks ago. LOVE the thick brush – coats evenly with no clumps.
Gold Foo Dogs – We both guard our homes with Foo Dogs. They’re believed to have powerful protective benefits, PLUS they’re super fun decorative accessories. L’s had her turquoise Foo Dogs for years, and J just scooped this gold pair from One Kings Lane.
Tory Burch Eau De Parfum Spray – New year, new scent. After going through several samples of this, J purchased the bottle. Solid decision. Not too heavy with a classic, clean smell. A++.
In the spirit of spring cleaning, and inspired by this on the Glitter Guide, I decided to clean out my makeup bag this week. Things needed tossing, replacing…and it was a good excuse to do a little shopping.
First, the bag: J gave me this Tory Burch makeup bag five years ago, and I’ve been faithful to it ever since. It’s the perfect size for me, and I love how it stands up on its own.
I’m a creature of habit when it comes to makeup. I wear the exact same products every day – too many choices stress me out! While I do keep a little box in my vanity for “special occasion makeup” (stuff I wear every now and then, like bright lipstick), my makeup bag is reserved for my everyday routine. Here’s what’s inside:
Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in Nude. This formula has SPF and offers a good amount of coverage. Liquid foundation has a shelf life of one year, so I’ll need to replace this soon, even though it’s only half gone. The price is nice, so it’s totally fine.
Gross, Disgusting Foundation Sponge. TOSS (and then REPLACE). I should know better. Makeup sponges should be replaced every month, and (ideally) should be washed every week.
Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Concealer. Er, I don’t even know how old this is. My mom gave it to me a year ago, so it’s definitely past its prime. But the consistency seems fine…do I have to toss it? According to this article, yes. Bummer.
That shade is kind of light for me, anyway. I may replace it with this:
Franche Pressed Powder in Douce. FINALLY! Something I can keep. Pressed powder will last two years (and loose powder will last three). I have a love/hate relationship with pressed powder, so I don’t use a ton. This should be good for another year. I heard a rumor that this line has been discontinued…and my suspicions were confirmed when I tried to find a link to this product. At least I have another year to go!
Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer Pencil in Noir. KEEP. Ironically, the product with the longest shelf life (three years) is the one I go through the quickest! I love love love this eyeline, and it’s good thing it’s cheap because I go through a pencil every six months or so. I keep one in my purse for touch-ups, too.
Diorshow Mascara in Black. KEEP, but not for long. Mascara only lasts three months, so I will have to replace this in a few weeks. My mom gave me this for Christmas (seriously, I wouldn’t have any makeup if it weren’t for her!), and I am in love. The brush is tiny, which took some getting used to…but now that I have the hang of it, my eyelashes seem to have doubled.
Rimmel Eyebrow Pencil in…brown? TOSS. This thing is so old that the words have rubbed off. I kinda think it may be the wrong color for me, anyway…but I do like the little brush on the cap. Handy!
Rimmel GlamEyes Liquid Liner.Okay, this is one Rimmel product I don’t really love. The brush is kinda flimsy, so it’s hard to put on. I couldn’t find any guidelines about how long liquid liner goes, but I’m assuming it’s the same as mascara…so, TOSS. I don’t think I’ll replace though; I’m over the cat-eye thing. Are you?
Sephora Blinged Eyeshadow Palette. This is an indulgence. It takes up a lot of real estate in my bag, but it holds EIGHT shadows and had a huge mirror on the inside. Good news: Eye shadows last for three years, so I can keep it! Thanks, mom.
Dr. Lipp Lip Balm. Lip Balm lasts forever (or until the consistency changes), but this tube has been squeezed to within an inch of its life after only a few months. J and I both use this fantastic, thick balm. I’m going to buy multiple replacements. I also had Fresh Sugar lip balm hiding in my bag – I’m going to keep that somewhere else (my car?), so I don’t have multiple lip balms in my bag.
NYC Cityproof Gloss in Everlasting Blossom. I love this gloss so much that J gave me TWO tubes for Christmas this year. I must dispute NYC’s claim that this an “eight hour” gloss…but I love it anyway. I go through a tube every two months.
Various Makeup Brushes. KEEP, but it’s time to wash them. I use this Sephora spray wash – just mist and wipe! No water necessary.
Whew! Are you going to clean out your makeup bag this spring? Tell us what you’re keeping and what you’re tossing on Twitter @glitter_blog_xo!