The Culture of Lips

My latest beauty obsession is lip color.  A Bold Lip is the easiest way to add color to your face and brighten up your complexion no matter what your skin tone is and whether or not your lips are your strongest/best facial feature.  As a working mom of two young children, mornings are chaotic and rushed, more often than not, I have to do my makeup on the go during my morning commute.  The easiest, safest and most convenient type of makeup to apply is lipstick!

But I wasn’t always a fan of lip color.  In fact, I was the complete opposite.  I would wear a full face of makeup for a special event and finish off the look with a nude lip gloss or if I was in a bold mood, I would add a coral lip gloss (sassy!).  In January of 2013, while on business trip to LA I met two fabulous ladies from Texas, who reapplied their red lipstick methodically after every meal or every three hours, whichever came first.  One day they asked me why I didn’t wear lip color? And I didn’t have an answer!

There was no real reason other than the culturally insensitive and may I add inaccurate non-sense I heard growing up! In other words, I let other people’s opinion and feelings get in the way of discovering what I liked or didn’t like.  I heard it all:

“You have big lips, your lips are too big for lipstick!”

“Decent women don’t wear red lipstick”

“Pink lipstick doesn’t look good on dark skin”

“Lipsticks on lips like yours will catch the wrong type of attention”

I don’t know if it was the 2,000 mile distance from the noise of my home city or the confused look on my new Texan friends’ face when I uttered the non-sense referenced above, that made me realize I was abstaining from wearing lipstick for all the wrong reasons.  So the next day, I took a trip to the closest MAC store and asked for a bold red lip color that would complement my skin tone.  I grew a pair and went for it, no more dancing around the bushes of lip color

Since that sunny day in LA, I have tried hundreds of lip colors and have built a Holy Grail collection.  In this post, I’ve shared my complete lip wardrobe.  When it comes to lip color I don’t follow any seasonal rules, I usually determine my lip color based on my mood and the occasion.  For reference, my skin color is golden tan with olive undertones and my current hair color is a medium auburn brown.  Here we go….

Pink & Orange- For Vibrant moods

Bold pinks are tricky for my skin tone because, the wrong shade can easily make my skin tone look drab or drained of color.  The selections featured below have saturated pigments.

Marc Jacobs Lip Crème in Jolly Molly lined in Sephora’s Gel Lip Liner in Tangerine

Elf Moisturizing Lipstick in Orange Dream

Reds- For authoritative moods

Nothing screams sassy and classy simultaneously like iconic red lips! Its an universal lip color with endless possibilities when it comes to shades.  I have one for day and one for night.

Day Lips: MAC Retro Matte Ruby Woo lined in Mac Lip Pencil in Cherry

Night Lipstick: MAC Retro Matte Diva lined in Mac Lip Pencil in Burgundy

Nude- Outfit will do all of the talking kind of mood

For the days when your wardrobe does all the talking and you want to pull the no makeup look, these are my Holy Grail nudes; there aren’t any matte formulas in this lineup because I prefer sheen in natural hues. These are also my go to nudes when I sport a smokey eye.

MAC Creamsheen in Cream in your Coffee lined in Mac Lip Pencil in Morning Coffee

It turns out, I LOVE wearing lipstick, it does look great on me AND my lips are big and I am OK with that.  Every day, my lip color is an expression of how I feel and the kind of day I want to have….AND, best of all, they are a reflection of MY opinions and MY journey…not all the noise that gets in the way.


Fractured Brilliance

Author: fracturedbrilliance

Being a Mom, a Leader, a Wife and an Individual is not easy to handle all at once. Fractured Brilliance is about committing to be everything your heart desires in life. It is a weekly spark of my many brilliant sides that gives my multiple selves a space to shine one post at a time.

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