Summer is all about color. As much as I love a fully made up face, a pop of color on the lips can be ultra chic. I have been playing with some fun brands and colors, as usual I am going drugstore, indie and a bit high end to showcase some range and how closely similar they can be. The choice ultimately lies on finish from matte, semi matte, glossy, sheer AND how bold you want to go. On my face, I have CC cream and my brows are filled in, everything else is bare faced (for me anyway).
Tat2U Lip Extreme (Mucho Caliente) – Love the name, love the products and pigment of this indie brand. I featured a lipstick by Tat2U before and this Mucho Caliente gloss did not disappoint. It is creamy so apply with a pointed lip brush to get precise application. If you want color AND gloss, this is it! The Lip Extreme collection offers a nice array of rich colors. Retails $14
L’Oreal Paris LeMatte Color Riche (408, She is so matte) – Application on this is easy, two well-distributed layers and you’ll end up with a rich, semi matte finish. Although this is labeled a matte, my opinion on this L’Oreal LeMatte is that it is more semi matte. There is no sheen at all and as it wears off, a lip stain will be left on the lips. The color is a coral family (see photo). A great drugstore find and easy on the wallet. Retails $14.25 on Amazon
Black Up Paris Rouge matte (34M) – The perfect semi matte. I found this Black Up Paris so rich and bold in color, I didn’t line or add any setting to see the pigment shine on its own. This is a brand that’s consumer but also very makeup artist friendly, offering a 40% discount to working makeup artists and 20% to students. Retails $22
Ardency Inn Modster Kick (a vivid orange with yellow undertones) – Ardency Inn delivers a very rich in pigment and a velvety matte finish lipstick, perfect for summer under minimal makeup. A combination of three waxes (Beeswax, Carnauba, Candellila) makes this a really nice alternative to those who like matte but don’t want the dryness that comes from hours of wearing a dry finish lip product. Retails $25
Pro tip – Use a lip stain to get your pop of color lip statement to last even longer. This is something I do for brides. First, I make sure lips are supple and moist, then blot. Once this step is secured, I line the lips with a lip stain (NYC Smooch Proof 16 h stain is favorite). I try to align the color to the shade, so if I am doing a pink tone, I will use a very close match to my 2nd lip product, this ensures the colors don’t collide and blend into each other.