The Starting Off Project
Week 9 of the Starting Off Project sees one of my favourite products come into play. Lipstick is something I don't always use, but I have a fair few in my collection and they can really spice up my makeup routine. We can touch on gloss here too, which is more a lipstick finish.
Lipstick is a pigmented cream stick that you apply to your lips that leaves behind a different colour and texture. Applied properly, with lipliner underneath to enhance and prolong, it can be one of the most valuable tools in your makeup arsenal. It can perk up a tired outfit, add depth to a look or even just give you a flush of colour you didn't even realise you needed.
Varying more in finish than formulation, lipstick appeals to everyone. Matte is my favourite finish, but is the most drying of them all, so it's best to really prep your lips with a good lip scrub and some lip balm before hand to give them a fighting chance. You get nice, full coverage with no reflection, just stunning colour pay off that seems to last a bit longer than most others. Cream or satin lipsticks will have a bit of a sheen to them, but in a fairly delicate and unobtrusive way. These kind of lipsticks are fairly common and don't tend to last as long as matte. Then we have the frost finish, something that has a pretty bad rep for being an 80s favourite that never quite made the transition into modern makeup. It comes out with the same colour intensity as a cream or stain, but has an added bit of 'sparkle' to it. It's very hard to make these lipsticks work, so most avoid them unless they can layer them up with a gloss. Speaking of gloss, I know most beauty fanatics will have at least one of these in their collection but can be the bane of your lips if you're not careful. Ultra shiny, very sticky and great for topping off a drying matte lipstick, gloss can really take a makeup look from day to night with minimal effort. Lastly, we have sheer, a lipstick type that adds just a hint of colour. You could say that most sheer lipsticks are more like tinted lip balm, but you can get some beautiful YSL lipsticks that give you a subtle wash of colour that some women much prefer. Sheer is great if you've opted for a dramatic eye and don't feel bold enough to do the same with your lips.
Application is usually a very simple process and involves turning the tube to release the coloured stick and brushing your lips until colour intensity is reached. I know that if I'm going on a night out, I'll use a lipstick brush instead as this seems to make the colour last longer and I get a neater line. Dabbing the brush onto the head of the lipstick, use it to outline the lips, then fill in any areas as you normally would. I then go back over with the brush to make sure it's all set in place. It's good to get into the habit of 'blotting' to make the colour stick. Take some tissue paper and press it between your lips, then go back over them with a little more lipstick. Tip: use lip liner not just to define the edge of your lips, but colour the entire lip in a similar or nude base colour before applying lipstick. Not only will the lipstick last hours longer, but it will be highly pigmented and require fewer re-applications.
When it comes to colour, it's definitely one to experiment with. Unlike most other products, a colour you didn't think was going to work can actually turn your makeup routine on its head. I never thought I could wear bright orange lipstick, as this colour tends to wash me out and leave me looking fairly sallow. A pop of it to my lips though? I look like a different person! My eyes pop, my teeth are offset by the intensity of the colour, making them appear whiter even though they shouldn't, and it's given me confidence to try other colours I wouldn't think would work. Neon pink? Go for it! Deep purple? Give it a go!
Some of my favourites include GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Flirty Orange, which is just that vibrant colour that gives me such a shocking look when I put it on. It's one of the colours I find myself reaching for when I'm having a bland, monochrome outfit day or even just staying in with my slippers on. It's amazing the impact a little colour can have. For a pink that I wear out a lot, it would have to be MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick, it's just such a bright pink it verges on neon and I find myself gravitating toward it to finish off an outfit more often than I can mention. Then, for an every day colour that just works, I'd have to opt for Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude. It's a nude colour that doesn't look plain, it adds a hint of browny pink and is so creamy and soft that I find myself applying it more for the feel than it having worn off. It's a go to that I got for a steal at £1.99 and has made me check out a few more in the range that I will soon be adding to the collection.
What is your favourite lipstick and why?