I was having a discussion with some lovely ladies in Florida recently. All about lips! They seemed surprised that I dared leave the house in a shade of hot pink lipstick that would rival a certain rap star, last name Minaj. For some unknown reason they felt lipstick (especially bright colours) were for performers only or ladies who danced in clubs. No offence taken, if I go to a club, I dance! In any case it got me thinking that I had to right this wrong…and soon!
You see, since Lil’ Mama came out with her ‘Lipgloss’ song (I refuse to say anthem, unless you were 12 at the time) almost everyone seems to be on a gloss tip. In fact from 2000 and beyond everyone seemed obsessed with clear or pale gloss. The real sticky kind that meant you couldn’t wear your hair in your face unless you wanted it to stick to the gloss and give you the mustache you never had.
Me? I went through that phase but I never lost my love for lipstick and colour, switching between gloss, lipstick and sometimes both! My lips are pigmented so to see the true colour of anything I put on my lips, I often have to ‘mute’ them. I do this with foundation or concealer. This can sometimes have a adverse effect and completely change the colour of the product, so be careful. It is often trial and error. I don’t always do this and in the pics below, it is just my lips, vaseline and the products listed.
With a large and ever growing lip product stash, I switch up my look for lips including the products. Below is my NYX lip products haul all the way from Florida. Fear not UK friends, NYX is available in the UK. To access their site and learn more about an affordable and great make-up line, click here. Don’t forget to look out for Beauty Holder, Beauty Tips!
Keeping your lips moisturised is a given. Kiss the back of your hand or a tissue to take off the excess before you apply colour.
This is a pic of my lips with nothing but vaseline! I have shown teeth so you know these are really my lips! I like to think my gap is unique! *covers eyes*
Beauty Holder, Beauty Tip!
Wanna switch up your lip looks and don’t know how? Wear your lip liner as lipstick! Yes! I said it. Don’t just stop at lining the outside of your lips, fill in your lips with the liner and rock that look! You can add a clear gloss/ vaseline if it seems a little dry, if not then just keep as is.
The NYX liners are a little creamy and can be used alone. Also really pigmented against my dark lips. Below are the colours on my lips rather than just swatches on my hand.
NYX Lip Liner 817 HOT RED
NYX Lip Liner 803 BURGUNDY
NYX Lip Liner 816 FUCHSIA
NYX Lip Liner 809 MAHOGANY
NYX Lip Liner 813 PLUSH RED
NYX Lip Liner 801 AUBURN
NYX Lip Liner 836 BLOOM
I also purchased a couple of NYX lipsticks.
503 Medusa/ 513 Electra/ 521 Chloe/ 523 Ulysses/ 526 Hestia/ 531 Syclia
All extremely creamy and full of vibrant colour. They are a selection of nudes, pinks and orange toned reds. Hand swatches of lipsticks and liners below.
Finally, here are some of the lip liners and lipsticks combined…just for fun! 🙂
NYX Bloom lip liner and Chloe lipstick:
NYX Auburn lip liner and Medusa lipstick:
NYX Hot Red lip liner and Electra lipstick:
Apologies that the lighting varies in some of the pics. I am afraid they were taken with my lowly iPhone! No special lighting, filters or editing. Although I am tanned having come back from Florida, some pics look a little too orange?
Hope you enjoyed this post and start daring to wear more colour on your lips. This is especially true for the many beautiful women of colour out there. Embrace your ethnic tones and try colours you wouldn’t normally!
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Besos (with lipstick) TBH! xoxo