What’s your favorite part? Indulge in yourself for a minute and pick just one. It’s okay, there’s no wrong answer. This is a time to disregard how smart and funny, loyal and bad ass you are and revel in that one part that really sets you on fire. That one characteristic that’s definitely you.
For me, it’s my lips.
Here’s what I wear to show them off; from sticky gloss to bold red. Every one of them comes with awesome reviews for all skin tones. What’s interesting is to see how a different lip color changes the entire tone of my face without changing anything else.
The 5-Second Natural: Clinique Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss in Apricot; $15
The no-makeup look with glassy lips makes effort look effortless. I like apricot because it’s close to a subtle peach and that always works no matter your tone.
The Every Woman’s Color: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $15
Don’t be scared by how dark this color looks in the tube, it’s Clinique’s best selling color for a reason: It works for everyone. You can layer for a darker look or one swipe for a bit of shine. Black Honey isn’t a lipstick and it’s not a gloss, it’s light, non-sticky, but gives an oof to a natural look. This is three coats.
The Non-Committal Red: Revlon’s Lip Butter in Red Velvet, $8
Taking a page from Clinique, this hybrid color is not a lipstick or a gloss. It’s thicker than Almost Lipstick, but adds more color and shine with each application. Red Velvet works for everyone because it doesn’t overpower and puts the control in your hands. Do you want a lot of shine and a visible red or do you want a boost? Lip Butter shine wears easily, though.
R-Rated: MAC Ruby Woo with Cherry lipliner; $30 for the pair
Hello, rockstar lips. You demand to be noticed. You can’t miss these babies and that’s the point. Wearing red lips is a lot like putting on a new person. I love it! Here’s MAC’s Ruby Woo over Cherry lipliner. Without the liner, Ruby Woo is far too bright for me. Cherry brings the color down and adds to the length of time I can wear it without re-applying. I line my lips as well as color in a quarter of each lip before applying Ruby Woo.
See how the evolution works: up at the top I’m all G-rated and then by the time we come to the end you need a smoke? Yep, awesome.