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My 6 Favorite Lipsticks

I’ve become a pretty big lipstick fan over the years and have amassed quite the collection. I’m constantly trying out new ones, and don’t think I’ve passed by a duty free store in the last five years without picking up a new shade. After quite a bit of trial and error I’ve narrowed down my top 6 absolute favorite colors; the colors that I’ve loved for years and/or wear every single day. Without further ado, my top 6 favorite lip colors, below:

(okay a little bit of further ado – after taking this photo and seeing it up close I realized that it’s not the most gorgeous photo and that you can see lip marks and little nicks and scratches on the tubes, but that just goes to show that I use these a lot and really do love them, right?)  

Chanel Rouge Coco in ‘Gabrielle’ – This to me is the perfect red. It’s not a crazy bright, fire engine red but rather a softer more elegant shade, which is really easy to wear. A makeup artist from Chanel told me that she’s convinced it’s a universal shade that looks good on every single person she’s ever put it on and I’d have to agree.

Bobbi Brown ‘Pink’ – This bright, deep pink has been my go-to for a few years now. I even wore it at my wedding! I like to apply a coat or two of it and then blot it so that it’s a bit more muted. The formula of this lipstick is nice and hydrating but still semi-matte (I don’t like really shiny or sparkly lipsticks and never wear gloss) and stays on for a long time.

Lancome Rouge in Love ‘163M Dans ses Bras’ – Alright unfortunately this shade is bizarrely difficult to find, but if you do then please try it because it’s the prettiest ultra pigmented raspberry color. I like to wear it during the day to feel instantly pulled together.

Charlotte Tilbury ‘Amazing Grace’ – Charlotte describes this color as a ‘vintage tea rose’ and I think that does sum it up pretty perfectly. It’s a really gorgeous dusty rose that goes on super matte and looks very natural – like your own lip color but better. This is a really neat feature where you can see how the lip color looks on various skin tones.

Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Color in ‘Pink Lily’ – This is an ultra pigmented, medium to bright raspberry pink color that’s very pretty for day or night.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in ‘L’Exubérante’ – I fell in love with this color when I saw it at Violet Grey a couple of months ago, but they only had the color as a display piece and didn’t even know what the name of it was. They ended up just giving it to me which was so sweet (I think they maybe didn’t want to make the pregnant lady upset ;)) and I finally tracked down its name.

Is Orange the New Pink..?

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Bobbi Brown / Guerlain / YSL / NARS / NARS / YSL

Orange lips are here to stay, at least for another season or two. I was more than a little skeptical when this trend first emerged, but after seeing how happy the J.Crew catalog models seemed to be with their swipe of orange lipstick – I’m pretty sure we have Jenna Lyons to thank for the whole trend, actually – and seeing it worn in real life, I’m now completely on board.

I’m a little late to the game, I know, but it takes me a while to get used to new beauty ideas; during high school I had the really unfortunate idea that concealer on my lips was a good look, and since then I’ve pretty much stuck with a medium pink (Bobbi Brown’s True Pink) with a brighter red thrown in for good measure. Until now! I’ve found that orange shades are surprisingly easy to pull off and complement virtually every skin tone. The key, like with all vibrant lipstick hues is to tone down the rest of your makeup. The shade I’m most loving is Bobbi Brown’s Sweet Nectar, and I’m drawn to the NARS pencil above though I don’t think I’d be able to pull off such a statement. What are your thoughts on orange lips? Pretty? Repulsive? Discuss!

 

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