Finally the return of natural looking makeup is upon us – even Kylie Jenner has removed her lip filler! I’m all about MLBB (My Lips But Better) lips so for my everyday look I love a nice, glossy and natural lip color.
All of those products above essentially give me the same neutral-ish lip color. There is a slight variation in shade from peachy-beige to pinky-beige and even a mauve-beige, but for the most part we’re over here with MLBB.
The lip liner matters. I have a lot of lipsticks and glosses that I love but only ONE lip pencil matches my lip color 100% and stays on all day – the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk ($22.00). I prefer it to match my lips perfectly because my lips are uneven so I build them a bit to make everything symmetrical (also needles scare me).
It’s pricey but you guys I’ve tried to find a drugstore dupe and it just doesn’t exist. The best I’ve found so far are Wet n Wild Bare to Comment Perfect Pout Gel Lip Liner and NYX Peekaboo Neutral Lip Liner. You can see in the swatches below that these too are pretty close to Pillowtalk but on the lips they look a lot more different.
For lipsticks I lean toward a pinky-beige, but not too beige for my skin tone because then it’s just not flattering.
MAC has always had one of my favorite lipstick formulas and my holy grail is Patisserie. OF COURSE I couldn’t find it for the purposes of this post… I’ve had empties sitting in my purse forever for a Back to MAC exchange and this was likely why. It’s STUNNING.
I fell out of love with lip gloss for awhile… matte lips or a balm just became more of my thing. But lately with all of these brands having such beautiful formulas (I’m looking at you, Urban Decay) I’ve fallen back in with it.
Coming in a close second is the NARS Cozumel Velvet Lip Glide which is limited edition to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Endless Summer Collection. It’s perfection and I get little jolts of panic when I think that I may run out…. they need to make this one for sale individually to settle my soul.
SHOWN | LINER: Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk, Kat Von D Bow N Arrow, MAC Subculture, MAC Boldly Bare, MAC Fresh Clay, NARS Camargue, HUDA Beauty Bombshell, HUDA Beauty Wifey, Rodial Nude, Wet n Wild Bare to Comment, NYX Peekaboo Neutral | LIPSTICK: Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect, Charlotte Tilbury Kim KW, MAC Nicki’s Nude (NLA), MAC Honeylove, MAC Yash, MAC Creme Cup, MAC Kinda Sexy, MAC Samantha Ravndhal (NLA), MAC Lauralee (NLA) | LIP GLOSS: NARS Cozumel, NARS Stripped, Urban Decay Obsessed, Urban Decay Midnight Cowgirl, Charlotte Tilbury Sweet Stiletto, NYX Creme Brûlée, MAC Myth, Buxom Blushing Margarita, Fenty Glow, Soap & Glory Pinkwell, Hard Candy First Kiss, Honest Beauty Generous Kiss
*NLA (No Longer Available)
There is a heck of a range there but they all basically mesh and turn out like this (lip products used in that pic are Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk, MAC Samantha Ravndahl Lipstick and NARS Cozumel Velvet Lip Glide. (The MAC was LE and is no longer available, the NARS is in this set and is limited edition. A review on NARS Cozumel can be found here.)
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