My new sunscreen/moisturizer broke me out horribly on the chin, so I figure, why not do a couple of lip swatches today? When I first started wearing lipstick-lipstick (I wore lip glosses and tinted balms throughout college and high school), my go-to was Maybelline Touch of Spice. I wore it to interviews, to my internship, to class, etc… In hindsight, it was too dark on me. Now that I own more lipstick than I can use in a lifetime, I know what colors work for certain occasions.
I’m an accountant, but my office is casual dress. I get away with a lot of questionable makeup and fashion choices that wouldn’t fly in the typical CPA office. However, I am still careful about what I wear to work. That means a lot of neutral and pink lipstick options. And since tax season is here and I have twelve-hour days now, I don’t want think too hard every morning about the makeup I’ll be wearing. I just want to grab a color and go.
So if you’re new to makeup or you’re someone perpetually on the hunt for more neutrals (like me!), here are some affordable and luxury options I’ve been loving this winter.
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Mac Cosmetics Shy Girl ($17 USD)
This is a peachy shade I can slap and go. It’s not very pigmented and a little lighter than my natural lip color. But it gives a nice sheen to the lips, without it being wet-looking. Still appropriate for day wear. I also use this to give some sheen on my more matte lipsticks.
Charlotte Tilbury in Bitch Perfect ($32 USD)
Bitch Perfect might become my HG natural lipstick. The formula just glides onto the lips, and the warm pink color suits the yellow tones in my skin. This pulls very pink on me, but I’ve seen it pull more nude-y on other skin tones. It’s a satin finish.
Colourpop Lippie Stix in Aquarius ($5 USD)
I’m getting into the brown lipstick trend a year too late. This is a light brown nude that’s not too dark on pale skin. Colourpop describes it as a pinky nude, but this shade is not pink on me whatsoever. I wear this when I want to achieve that that edgy, undone look with a little contour and slapdash eyeshadow.
Colourpop Lippie Stix in Button ($5 USD)
This shade might be too neon for some offices, but I get away with it. You can also tone down the color with a light nude. It’s been raining every other week in the Bay, and I just need a bright warm pink to bring some cheer into my life. It’s pretty and girly. Also good for upcoming V-Day.
NYX Butter Lipstick in Root Beer Float ($6 USD)
A darker color on this list. This shade screams fall to me, but it’s so beautiful. It’s one of those cool dark mauves that will suit just about anyone. Unfortunately, the formula, while pigmented, has a lot slip to it, so it doesn’t last long. Wear a liner underneath.
Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in Echo Park ($6 USD)
This shade was my go-to in the fall. In real life, it pulls more pink on me, but still, it’s a beautiful “nude” color. I’ve decided I don’t like the Colourpop Ultra Satin formula much, because I prefer liquid lipstick formulas that dry down. But if you love the USL and you have light warm skin, this is one of the most beautiful shades from the line.
Huda Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Bombshell ($20 USD)
This is essentially a dupe for Echo Park. I would say Bombshell is a little pinker, but they are soooo close. Of course, I prefer the Huda Beauty formula, because it dries down. When I want to look put together and don’t want to fuss much with my lipstick, I go to this product.
All the Shades Together 4ever
(left to right, top to bottom) Mac Shy Girl, Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect, Colourpop Aquarius, Colourpop Button, NYX Root Beer Float, Huda Beauty Bombshell
Extra: Lip Liners
While I love liquid lipsticks, many of the colors I own are dark on me. That’s why I prefer traditional lipstick tubes. To extend their wear, I’ve been reaching for two lip liners from the drugstore, Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Eastend Snob and Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Gel Lip Liner in Bare to Comment.
The Rimmel London Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner in Eastend Snob ($7 USD) is a cool medium pink on me. I’ve heard that it’s a dupe for the cult-favorite Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillowtalk. But from what I’ve seen of swatches online, they seem nothing alike. Pillowtalk is supposed to be a warm nude, but Eastend Snob is definitely cool on me. Oh well, I will continue using since it’s a great creamy formula.
The other liner is more up my alley, and it’s the Wet n Wild Perfect Pout Gel Lip Liner in Bare to Comment ($3 USD). It’s a warm nude color that will pair nicely with most of the lipsticks above. I like the Rimmel formula better, but this Wet n Wild color is so pretty.