A STYLIST’S GUIDE TO FABU-LIPS

When it comes to makeup, I’m pretty relaxed.  I don’t like a ton of makeup caked on my face.  For most occasions I’m good with some bb cream, a sweep of bronzer, a dab of luminizer, and mascara for my eyes.  If there’s one feature I do like to play up, it’s my lips…probably because I love color, and there are so many fabulous options available when it comes to lip color.  When I was younger, I preferred glosses, but these days I’m over the sticky, shimmery gloss effect.  I prefer creamy, opaque lipsticks, which appear more sophisticated (not to mention more pigmented).  Today I’m going to walk you through some of my  absolute favorite lip products.

First things first, it’s always good to start off with a solid primer.  Because I suffer from chapped lips in So Cal’s dry climate, I prefer a primer that’s moisturizing.  That way I can lock in color and moisturize my lips in just one step.  (Lipstick can look dry and cakey on chapped lips, not to mention moisture helps plump your lips, so I highly recommend this step.)  For priming I love the 100% natural (food-grade) products from Bite Beauty.  I use their Line & Define Lip Primer, which really is moisturizing as well as priming.  I’m also curious to try their BB For Lips in clear, which I think would make a great daytime primer (with SPF 15).

So I have to say my number one favorite lipstick is Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick.  It’s a liquid lipstick in a tube that goes on ultra creamy with exceptional, pigmented coverage.  The colors are super vivid and the creamy texture actually adds moisture so my lips don’t dry out.  It eventually dries to a smudge proof-finish, though it takes about 15-20 minutes depending on how much you use.  Too Faced just added eight new colors for a total of eighteen, so there are tons of colors to choose from.  The nude is gorgeous because it provides such good coverage for a nude lipstick, but still looks natural.  I wore the ruby color on my wedding day and everyone commented on my lipstick…it’s a very beautiful, true red.  I adore coral and candy for a summery pop of color, but haven’t had an opportunity to try the new shades yet, which I look forward to doing sometime soon.

I’m recently obsessed with Lime Crime, upon discovering their Velvetine Matte Lipstick in the color cashmere.  Cashmere is a beigy grey purply nude, and it’s pillow soft (like velvet, lol).  Check out some of the incredible swatches here, and try to tell me you don’t want this color.  I was also inspired to try their Unicorn Lipstick, and settled on the shade geradium, which is described as an intense coral pink.  I loooove anything in the coral family.  Just ordered this one so it hasn’t actually arrived yet, but I’ll let you know how it goes.  Did I mention that all Lime Crime products are vegan and cruelty free? <333

Now for my favorite drugstore brand…CoverGirl.  Honestly, I love their Lip Perfection Lipstick.  Not quite as creamy as the others mentioned, but definitely not drying and it still provides excellent coverage.  Plus it comes in a vast array of colors, and at $5.99 it’s a steal!  I also dig the CoverGirl Blast Flipsticks.  Two lipsticks in one that you can wear alone or blend as you wish.  These are more creamy and totally blendable…one side is more matte and the other is shimmery.

Finally, onto some products I haven’t tried yet.  Has anyone tried Lipstick Queen lipsticks?  I love their packaging/styling and the colors look and sound cool, but they don’t seem that pigmented so I’ve been hesitant to splurge (since they’re not exactly cheap).  The Hall of Fame set is calling me, but I’d appreciate any reader input first!  Then there is Anastasia’s brand new Liquid Lips.  I love liquid lipsticks that dry matte, and this looks like it has great coverage…there are just too many colors to choose.  Which would you go for?

Until next time darlings,
Xo Luisa

Written by Luisa Lucia