lipstick lessons (part two) – my favorite shades

June 19th, 2012

I hope you enjoyed my lipstick tutorial last week – it was so much fun to write! Today I’m sharing my tried-and-true shades, and have enlisted the help of some of my fave bloggers to round out the list.

In that lipstick post I talked about going with a sheer formulation as a way to ease into a bold shade – like a classic red. For me, that means  Angel Red by Clinique –  a true red, but sheer enough so that I don’t feel overdone when I’m wearing it:

clinique different lipstick angel red

photo credit: clinique.com

With lots of yellow in my skin, a berry/brick shade is my go-to color for fall and winter. I love Revlon’s Blackberry. It’s deep and rich and very flattering. And if I want to tone it down I’ll throw on a base of Adore U underneath:

revlon super lustrous creme lipstick blackberry

photo credit: drugstore.com

I always want to go with a brighter, lighter shade for summer, but find that those lovely pale shades invariably make me look tired and washed out. And then Liz of Say Yes to Hoboken posted about orange-red lipsticks. I thought, this will be the perfect summer shade for me, and ran out to try out her selections. They were all gorgeous; however,  none quite right for me.

But I was now on  a mission.

A shout-out on Twitter yielded a response from another favorite blogger –  the ever-stylish Tracy from Tracy’s New York Life. She recommended L’Oreal’s Blazing Lava and it is perfect! The orangey tone brings the red into a more flattering shade for my skintone, and the formulation is long lasting and super comfortable:

l'oreal colour riche blazing lava

photo credit: drugstore.com

Score!

I’d also love to share this link to favorite drugstore lipsticks by Alison of The Alison Show. Do you know this blog? I LOVE it – it’s literally like a party on your computer!

And since I’ve gone on about the virtues of lip liner, here’s a great neutral that goes with everything –  Lipblush, by Clinique:

clinique quickliner lipblush

photo credit: clinique.com

And finally, the ONE lipstick that every woman should own – Black Honey, by Clinique. A sheer reddish-brown, this is one of the most universally flattering colors I’ve ever seen. Clinique has had it in their line forever and I doubt that it will ever be discontinued. Give it a spin next time you’re in the department store.

clinique almost lipstick black honey photo credit: clinique.com

Any favorite shades you’d like to share? Add them here!

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