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To throw a metaphor at it: Your lipstick is the cherry on top of the sundae that is your makeup look. A sundae without a cherry is just, well, ice cream. But why stop at just the cherry? Where are your accoutrements: sprinkles? Hot fudge? Caramel? The possibilities are endless. The same goes for your lip looks: there are so many ways to create fun and eye-catching lip combos to top off your look of the day.
With endless possibility may come indecisiveness, sure. But the brilliant thing about makeup is that there are no rules; self expression is highly encouraged. Here are some reminders before you begin your lip adventure:
Expand the possibilities of your existing products. Your favorite navy eyeliner could be your new favorite lip liner. Your go-to cream blush might make the perfect blurred lip. Your holy grail eyeshadow could turn a matte finish into a metallic one.
Use your tools, any tools! Brushes, lip pencils, and your fingers can all be used to create different effects on your lips — from blurred edges to sharp lines — even with the same products. Get experimental with the way you apply your makeup.
Search for inspiration. I always check out other makeup artists’ work to get those creative juices flowing. Personal favorites of mine include @aoifeartist , @adultsdrink, and @alexandraafrench. They’ll really help you expand the possibilities of color combos and textures.
With that under your belt, let’s get into it!
about-face beauty Matte Paint-It Lip Color, $16. I love this. It’s punchy, matte, yet non-drying, and will last all day. There are some playful variations of nude shades such as “Nudist Judas” and “Fantasist” that are perfect for everyday wear, yet unique enough to warrant a double-take!
about-face beauty Cherry Pick Lip Color Butter, $15. First off, these smell delectable (think peachy, fruity, amazing). Use these to top off a one-color lip look or alone for an ultra-glossy look! My go-tos are “Nashi Pear,” a peachy nude, or “Date Me” for a slick, grungy 90s vibe.
Half Magic Beauty Mouth Cloud Soft Matte Lip Cream, $18. These lip creams have a soufflé-like texture that feels like kissing a cloud when you slide it on. They come in some powerfully pigmented shades: “Spicy Queen” is a beautiful brick orange (more people should wear orange lips, I think), and if you’d really like to kick things into overdrive, try “Excuse Me Sir,” a striking cobalt.
Make Up For Ever Artist Color Pencil, $22. I love a versatile product. This pencil can be used on the lips, brows, and eyes! Use these to precisely line your lips (think @sophiasinot’s incredible work!) or handle delicate shading. I love “Endless Cacao”, a shadowy cool-toned nude, and for those looking to step fully outside of the box, try “Absolute Emerald” — the name says it all!
Kaleidos Makeup Cloud Lab Lip Clay, $12. These cream-to-powder lip clays blend seamlessly over lips and mix so well together. There are so many silky-smooth and flattering nude colors; I like to use the shade “Skinship” to add dimension over a brown lip. Shades like “Golden Rosin”, “Scorpion Fruit” and “Agave” are stunning — perfect for adding more adventurous colors to your lipstick collection.
MAC Cosmetics Lip Pencil $24. These pencils are tried-and-true for a reason. Creamy and smooth, they’re ideal for lining or filling in your lips. I reach for “Cork”, a muted golden brown, the most. Use “Chestnut” for a 90s-style lip, or “Cyber World,” an intense blackish-purple, to make heads swivel! Pair with the brand’s new (and viral!) Squirt Plumping Gloss Stick to add a wash of translucent color and shine to your lip look. (My favorites: “Like Squirt,” a subtle, lime-green sheen and “Jet,” a slick, black gloss. May tingle a bit!)
NYX Cosmetics Shine Loud High Shine Lip Color & Gloss, $12. Nothing is better than a two-fer. Two-sided lipstick has a satin-finish liquid lip on one end and an ultra-glossy top coat on the other. “Rebel in Red” is a vinyl version of a classic red and “Next Gen Thinking” is a pretty mauve-brown moment.
Colourpop Cosmetics Ultra Lips, $9. Matte, blotted, or glossy, the options are endless in this collection. These different finishes can be mixed and matched for custom looks that are all moisturizing on the lips. I’m a fan of “Coffee Break,” a glossy, sheer chocolate, as well as “Starling,” a diffused yellow nude.
Half Magic Beauty Glitterpuck, $26. A holy grail makeup product! Champagne and peach glitters in a creamy pressed powder, it glides on like gel but dries like powder, making it a buildable glitter topper for lips. It’s basically fairy dust in a pot!
Karla Cosmetics Opal Multichromes, $27. Take your lips to another dimension with these sparkly, multi-tonal loose shadows! Pat them on top of your lips for an immediate editorial lip look that can be worn in all its stunning glory, or lock it in with a gloss of your choice.
Get experimental, challenge your creativity, and most importantly, have fun with it. The lip combo lifestyle is a never-ending sundae bar — and you’re the master chef. — Anya