September 15th, 2011

Lipsticktember: Meet Mallory

It’s halfway through Lipsticktember 2011! If you follow me on Twitter, you’ve seen me posting what I’m wearing each day. (And YES, MK, with an Instagram filter!) It’s hard to accurately show what a color looks like with a cell phone picture, but the daily tweets keep me accountable and keep you guys up to speed!

At the end of the month, I’ll have a recap- featuring bests in certain categories, as well as general reviews. I have done so much better this year. Partially that’s thanks to Hannah, since she started me off with five new e.l.f. colors. I got another boost this week too- my friend and former coworker Mallory works at Sephora, and agreed to take me shopping with her, and then answer some questions!

Yep- Mallory is adorable. You might know her from her amazing tumblr. When I think of someone who can wear makeup well, immediately I think of her. She has style and confidence and I knew I wanted her help! She walked me through a bunch of colors and brands, and was great at steering me towards options that worked best on me.

We ended up trying on a bunch of lipsticks. I only bought two (one Sephora Collection brand and one NARS) but tried on some other winners. And a few losers.

Yea… not my color.

I gave Mallory some questions to answer, so checkout our mini-interview for fun tips and tricks!

KJ: Quick! You are going to be stranded on a remote island and can only wear one lipstick for the rest of eternity- what lipstick do you choose?
M: I’d have to go with NARS Falbala. It’s the perfect shade of sheer rosy nude with a little shimmer. It looks good on literally everyone I’ve ever put it on!

KJ: What lipstick trends do you love right now?
M: I always love a bold lip. For summer, hot pink is my absolute favorite, but now that fall is coming, I like deeper wine, berry and violet shades. And a nice nude shade with a smoky eye is a perfect holiday look.

KJ: Is there a lipstick color that looks great on everyone? (Or almost everyone?)
M: You can honestly never go wrong with a good red. The trick is finding a formula you love and a shade that works with your coloring. For lipstick beginners or those that aren’t quite confident enough to rock a bright, opaque red, I love red stains and glosses and sheer red lipsticks. The most important thing, though, is having the attitude that you look good and you know it!

KJ: What color family do you wear most often and why?
M: I wear a lot of pinks and purples because I have very cool-toned skin. In the winter I gravitate more toward pinkish nudes and darker shades, but in the summer I like really bright colors.

KJ: What is the worst lipstick color that you’ve ever tried?
M: Remember that brick-red matte lipstick that everyone wore in the 90s? Yeah, that. I didn’t realize until much later that just because it looks good on one person, that doesn’t mean it’s going to look good on everybody!

KJ: If money was no object, what lipstick would you buy?
M: Since most higher-quality lipsticks are around the same price, I think it would be really fun to get custom lipstick made just for me. How cool would it be to know you have a lipstick that no one else has?

KJ: Share any tips you have for picking out and applying lipstick (you know, for novices like me!)
M: When picking out a lipstick, don’t trust how it looks in the package or on the back of your hand. Your lips’ coloring is closer to that on your fingertips, but you can’t really know what it’s going to look like unless you put it on your lips. Buy from a store that has testers available or a good return policy.

Figure out your skin’s undertone by looking at the veins on the back of your wrist. If they’re bluish, you have cool undertones. If they’re green, you have warm undertones. If they’re in between, lucky you, you are neutral! Those with cool undertones should stick with blue or violet-based shades. Warm undertones should go for more orangey or brown-based shades. People with neutral undertones can generally wear any colors. But like I said before, just try it on and experiment. That’s the most fun part of makeup!

Before applying lipstick, prep your lips first by exfoliating with a little lip scrub (Fresh Sugar Lip Polish is wonderful), a wet washcloth or a soft toothbrush to get any flakes off. Lipstick on dry, flaky lips is never a good look. Apply a lip primer (like Urban Decay Lip Primer Potion) to give the lipstick something to adhere to. If you have a sheer or light-colored lipstick, applying right from the tube is just fine. For a darker or bright opaque shade, I like to use a lip brush for more precision. To help lipstick last all day, line and fill in lips with a lipliner that matches your lipstick, apply a coat of lipstick, blot with a tissue, dust lips with a tiny bit of loose powder, and apply another coat of lipstick. To make lips look fuller, dot a little lip gloss in the center of your bottom lip and press them together. And don’t forget the tried-and-true “stick your finger in your mouth and pull it out so you don’t get lipstick on your teeth” trick!

KJ: If you have anything else to add, too, feel free! I already learned so much- and had a lot of fun!
M: Lipstick is such an easy and fun way to change your whole look. You can go from a light bubblegum pink one day to a vampy dark red the next to a trendy purple with just a swipe of your wrist. There are also so many different formulas out there, from sheer to glossy to creamy to matte, and so many colors that finding one you love is just a matter of testing and trying and experimenting. And did I mention it’s FUN? =)

I hope you guys all learned something- I know I did! I think I am more of a cool/neutral- colors like brown and orange tended to not look that great on me, but wine/berry shades were the surprise success of the day. I loved my shopping experience at Sephora too- being able to try on colors does make a difference and is worth spending a little more, since you’ll get the right color.

Plus when you leave Sephora, your hands will undoubtedly look like this:

(Ok ok… I may have left with a baby blue nail polish and a matte topcoat too. Whoops. Nailpolishtober, anyone?)

Thanks for everything, Mallory! I challenge everyone to go out and be daring with your lipstick… Lipsticktember is half over!

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