I don’t usually post on Saturdays but tomorrow (Saturday, July 29th) is National Lipstick Day and I want to keep up with tradition and share my favorite lipsticks right now. I’ll keep this short and sweet.
I have spent a large part of my adult life, and some of my teen life too, searching for the modern day version of the holy grail: the perfect red lipstick.
In my dream world, the ideal red lipstick is a creamy formulation that isn’t glossy, but not exactly matte, hydrating but not heavy, pigmented but not able to be seen from outer space – basically, a needle in a haystack.
The hair master, Cuban-born Oribe, just launched a trio of lip crèmes, and I have to say, his The Red creation is the closest thing to the perfect red I’ve been able to find. The texture is silky and fine, and doesn’t feel like you’re coating your lips in paint like other lipsticks. The shade is bright and glamorous, but somehow still natural. The bonus is that it provides antioxidant protection via the white lily extracts. Its only downfall is the number of times it needs to be reapplied throughout the day. But in its defensive, I did drink about a thousand La Croix seltzers that day, so maybe take that tip with a grain of salt.
As temperatures start to drop and iced coffees are swapped for piping hot cafecitos, the seasonal switch can also be applied to makeup. Shelve the summery reds and dusty pinks to make way for deep burgundys and velvety rich plums. My favorite newbies this season come from MAC’s brand new Liptensity collection – (L to R) Burnt Violet, Hellebore and Dionysus. The creamy formula has just the right amount of pigment and shine, allowing for buildable color (it can be as “hello, I’m here!” as you want). For day to day, I’m swapping my summer gloss for my old faithful standby, Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Passion, which is the best balance of subtle color and balmy moisture I’ve found.
ICYMI: My friend and fellow beauty product junkie, Kait Clark, is a guest blogger on PoP!
Read more of her posts here.