Fall Lip Color
Taylor says: I love playing with makeup. So as Jess and I were chatting about fall fashion ideas, I brought up the idea of modeling fall lip colors that will look great on each of you! I knew Jess would be the PERFECT partner for this one and that feeling was solidified when she sent me the collage of lip colors that she liked (see below). I’m OBSESSED with the lip on the left (I’ve had it saved on my phone for a month haha) and I’m going to find the perfect color to match it one of these days!
When I first began playing with lip color, I had no idea where to start. I always thought lipstick was for moms, my great-grandma, and crazy people who wanted purple lips. Then I fell into the “It must be MAC/CK/Urban Decay to be a good lipstick!” line of thought. Um, no. I have plenty of Revlon, Maybelline, and Covergirl lip colors that are perfectly creamy, pigmented, and look great! It’s all about finding the right color for YOU. On that note, I do have a few of the brands listed above that I love. But I’m not a lipstick snob, by any means!
I love both of these colors as they will look great with a variety of skin tones, hair colors, and both wear pretty well (especially if you put a lip liner under them). And yes, they’re both purple-toned, but I love them. I guess I’m one of those crazy people who wants purple lips now! I like to try to keep my eye rather nuetral when I’m wearing a deeper lip-color, unless it’s date night or a fun night out with friends! But as I’m only heading to class today, I wanted a nuetral look that played up my lip color.
My current search is for the perfect wine/deep wine color that will look great with my skintone. Because, let’s be honest, I’m PALE in the winter.
Jessie says: When Taylor first mentioned the idea of styling a fall lip color, I was at somewhat of a loss. Why? When it comes to makeup, I typically go with a fairly natural look, accompanied by a neutral lip. In fact, I am 100 percent positive that a dark lip is something I’ve never even tried before. There’s nothing wrong with a strong lip color, nothing at all — plenty of girls rock it with ease!
So why am I telling you this? Because there’s a chance you’re in the same boat as I. And in that case, we can go through this together.
During my most recent trip to Boise, I made time to hit up the Clinique bar in Macys. Boise also has a MAC, Sephora and Ulta, all of which I frequent, but I had a Clinique giftcard I wanted to get used up before it expired.
First tip…If you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, DON’T be afraid to ask. They are the professionals, and because they help hundreds of people each day, their judgment should be trusted.
Second tip…Have a couple photos of the makeup look you’re trying to achieve. Often times, showing is a lot easier than trying to explain, especially when it’s something you’re not overly familiar with.
Taking my own advice to heart, I had these photos tucked away on my phone, ready to show when needed.
I also mentioned that I wanted to try a few different colors on for size, that way I had a few options to compare. How are you supposed to know which color is “the one” when you’ve only tried one on?
Top Color: This color was definitely the most matte of the three I tried. I liked the hue, but typically like a little more shine. I also thought it made my skin tone look a bit on the pale side, rather than showing off the summer glow I’ve managed to snag.
Middle Color: This color was more of a red/pink tone, rather than the brown/red I tried first. It also had a lot more shine, and felt very light.
Bottom Color: The last color actually ended up being very close to my natural lip color. The color was very rich, and matched my hair color and skin tone really well.
And the winner is… The Middle! At first I thought I would end up choosing the third color, but I knew inside I was playing it way too safe. The middle color, called “Pink Chocolate,” is really versatile, which is another factor I was looking for. I wanted something I would feel comfortable in during the day, and still feel sexy in on a night out.