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lipstick lessons (part two) – my favorite shades

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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


  1. Mary Lauren on June 19, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Fun post! My tried and true shades are Brown by Bobbi Brown, and MAC’s Twig. I’ve been using those two for years and years- I’m such a creature of habit!

    • sherisilver on June 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Love Bobbi Brown! 🙂

  2. Alison on June 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    A party for your computer?!?! BEST COMPLIMENT EVER! I love this post! Thanks for including me. I want to try some of these shades!

    • sherisilver on June 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks so much! Your blog is such a joy! 🙂

  3. Caroline on June 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I LOVED this, Sheri! I struggle with finding the perfect shade of lipstick but I really need it because without it I look dead. Seriously. On a desert island I would choose lipstick over mascara every day of the week. 🙂

    And, I DO know the Allison Show! She is SO much fun!

    • sherisilver on June 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      SO glad you liked this! Maybe one of these shades will be “that one”! 🙂

  4. Kathy Radigan on June 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    What fun! I loved part 1 and was not dispointed with part 2! I have been between two shades, a Lnacome and a Bobbi Brown. I have to say, lipstick is really an obession with me! Thanks, and thanks for introducing me to some really new fun sites!!

    • sherisilver on June 19, 2012 at 9:35 pm

      Thanks Kathy!

  5. Hotly Spiced on June 20, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I buy Clinique and Revlon too. Love the way they glide on and don’t contain too much perfume! xx

    • sherisilver on June 20, 2012 at 6:31 am

      Agreed – I tried a new one recently and it was full of fragrance – not good.

  6. Lisa on November 29, 2012 at 8:59 am

    I’m dying to find great lip colors that work for my red hair, sometimes ruddy skin and timid nature about bold lips. Love this post!

    • sherisilver on November 29, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Thank you! XO

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