Monday, June 27, 2016

Try some new lip colors, like slate blue. You might be surprised

The only proper colors for lips are shades of red and pink, you think? What about purple? Have you noticed how popular purple has become?  I was an early adopter of purple back in 2004 or so (MAC's Up the Amp is one of my all time favorites).
Lots of small, indie cosmetic companies have been making lipstick and glosses in every color that you can imagine for a few years now. I'd look at photos and I was always drawn to the blues. Then I'd remember the few times that I wore blue lipstick back in the 80's. It made my teeth look yellow.
"Not a good look", I'd tell myself, "not practical, either".  When I first saw the lipstick in MAC x Halsey, I was curious about it, but I kept talking myself out of it because it wasn't practical.  Then I read an article in Elle about the new colors becoming popular in lipsticks, and they had a photo of MAC x Halsey.  So I gave in, bought it, and tried it on my lips.  I can definitely wear this. In fact, I can see me wearing it a lot in the fall. Sure, I'll probably get some side-eye looks from others, but I don't care. It's the beginning of my experimental nature finally coming back to me.  I thought that maybe I'd gotten too old for unusual colors in make-up, hair, etc. I changed my mind, though.  If I like the way that I look and it brings me a bit of happiness to experiment, I think it's worth it to be bold.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Why you might want to try a little ombre on your lips

First, if you're not sure what ombre means, it's simply a gradation in color. So one colors fades into another and possible more.  It's used in art, textiles, hair color, nail art and make-up.  Ombre hair color has been popular for the past few years, but ombre lipstick hasn't been quite as popular. The best reason to use ombre on your lips is because it makes them look fuller. Light areas look larger while darker areas appear smaller.  So putting a slightly lighter color in the center of your lips creates dimension that might not be there otherwise. Generally the people who use the technique are make-up artists or very into make-up and pretty good at the technique.  Some of you might like natural looking make-up or just put some on quickly for work, etc. and don't try out trends that often.  But a subtle ombre technique with your lip color doesn't require a half hour of practice and it doesn't have to look obvious.  If you have some lip pencils in a color a few shades darker than a lipstick it's pretty easy. And if you have gloss in the same color family and a little highlighter, even better.

I did the lip below one night just to play around.  I outlined my lips and filled in the outer parts of them with a MAC lip pencil in the color Beet.  Then I filled in the center part of my lips with a MAC liner named Hip n Happy, but any lighter pink lipstick or pencil will work.

Next I put some light purple gloss over the light pink pencil.  This gloss is Narcissus by MAC.

Then I blended the gloss out a little, which is as easy as pressing your lips together.

Last I took a little bit of white highlighting cream (Luna Cream Color by MAC) and pressed it in the bow above my upper lip. I really liked the result, so I think I'll be doing this a little more often.  Give it a try sometime.

Friday, June 3, 2016

MAC X Chris Chang for Poesia collection

This is my favorite MAC collection for a long time, probably since Alluring Aquatics.  The packaging is just stunning. Every item I bought is like a little piece of art.  And most of the colors are actually unique, too.  I'm very surprised that it didn't sell out quickly, but that was good for me and anyone else who hasn't bought it yet.

I'm guessing that a lot of people looked at the swatches on Temptalia and decided the lipsticks were too sheer, especially the yellow and blue. All that meant to me was that I would need to wear a liner under the blue if I wanted more opaque color.  Vermillion Vee and DDDevilish are perfect as they are, as is Plum Princess.  I didn't buy the yellow because I won't wear it as-is and I don't need it to correct the color of other lippies. (I've got other yellows already.)

The lipsticks are all beautiful, but my personal favorite is Plum Princess. It's very unique in my collection, it's a gray-lavender, and just beautiful.  The eyeshadows are all very nice, too.  The orange is a little more coral, but I've got other bright orange shadows so that was okay. The yellow is a nice, bright, opaque yellow, and the blue is a nice opaque robin's egg blue. I skipped the pink because I have so many similar colors already.

Overall I highly recommend this collection if you like special packaging and unique colors. Back in 2008 I got a postcard from MAC about Manish Aurora, and I didn't even go look at that collection.  What a mistake! It had such gorgeous packaging.  I wasn't about to make that mistake again with this one.  Here's some photos of the products and swatches.

DDDevilish,  Cloud Gait, and Plum Princess

Royal Woo, Pale Pipa, Electric Mandarin

Vermillion Vee
Cloud Gait

Cloud Gait, with lip liner on top, without liner on bottom


Plum Princess

Plum Princess, no liner or primer

Vermillion Vee. Yes, even women over 50 can wear these!