The Metallic Lip

I don't jump on every trend (although I'm going to be talking about another one in my next post), but one trend I'm really feeling right now is the metallic lip. You'd think it wouldn't be all that wearable, but I still find a way to wear it in my day to day life. I have a few that are my go-tos, and they're all quite neutral shades - I think that's the secret to keeping the trend so wearable.

Lili Doree, Oyster Pearl, Bronze Rose, Skinny Dip

Lili Doree, Oyster Pearl, Bronze Rose, Skinny Dip

The most low-key of my metallic lip picks is the Surratt Beauty Prismatique Lipstick in Lili Doree. It's a warm pink shade with a peachy gold sheen that looks almost foiled. I think every time I mention this lipstick, I refer to it as "NARS Orgasm in lipstick form." It's absolutely beautiful, and it's a really comfortable formula. Sometimes shimmery formulas can feel chunky or thick on the lips, but this one is totally creamy.

The newest metallic lip product in my collection is the new Bite Beauty Prismatic Pearl Creme Lip Gloss in Oyster Pearl. I got this for my birthday, and it's absolutely stunning. The shade is so unique - a plummy-taupe shade with silver shimmer. It's ultra metallic and definitely a "look," but it's still a shade I'm comfortable wearing out and about (without needing to get used to it first). The formula is lovely, too - it feels super smooth on the lips and isn't tacky, but you can definitely feel that it's going to stick around for awhile. It's a definite new favorite, and I've already got my eye on a couple more shades.

If liquid lipsticks are your thing, the Jouer Longwear Lip Cremes have some beautiful metallic shades. My favorite is Bronze Rose,* a shade from their fall lineup that's a deep rose shade with a foiled shimmer. The Jouer Lip Cremes are my favorite liquid lipsticks, and the metallic shades I've tried are just as good as the regular mattes. Snapdragon is a beautiful color, too - a metallic purple shade.

If you've got loads of lipsticks and want something to transform them, I'd also suggest Jouer's Lip Toppers - they're not quite liquid lipstick, not quite lip gloss, and super shimmery while allowing your lip color underneath to show through. They feel almost balmy on the lips. My favorite is Skinny Dip, which is a champagne shade. It works well over all of my favorite neutral pinks. It's also worked over every formula of lipstick I've tried it with, from liquid mattes to creamier bullets. This one is so versatile because of its smooth formula - it's super easy to sheer out over the lips for a subtle, lip-enhancing shimmer, or you can build it up to something really metallic.

Have you tried the metallic lip trend yet? What are your favorites?

The Shy Person's Guide to Rocking a Bold Lip

As someone who doesn't like being the center of attention at all, the prospect of wearing a bold lip out in public used to scare me. I would always put one on, decide it was "too much," and replace it with a more understated nude. Over the last few months I've been working my way up and building up my comfort levels around wearing bolder lip shades, and I've finally started feeling like it's no big deal. I figured I'd share the tips that really helped me for my fellow lipstick hoarders out there.

Start with deep nudes & neutrals

The first step I took in branching out to bolder looks was to wear deeper nudes/neutrals. Since they were still a natural brown/pink shade, they remained in what I felt was "wearable" territory, while still looking a bit more "done" than my previous nude staples. Try to pick something a few shades darker than your natural lip color. My lip color is more of a cool-toned rosy shade, so something like the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Do Me Baby is my perfect deeper nude shade.

Blot, Blot, Blot

Once I started heading towards brighter shades and away from neutrals, I found them much easier to wear and get used to when I blotted them down. Starting with a layer of lip balm really helps to sheer out the color, as well. Deeper berry shades like the NARS Lipstick in Scarlet Empress or Audacious Lipstick in Audrey work really well as they add a really natural-looking flush to the lips. Or if you know what color family you're going for, a sheer matte lipstick like the Glossier Generation G's would be perfect - Jam is a good way to ease into berry shades, Crush into bright pinks, and Zip into reds.

Wear it around the house

This was the biggest one for me - I just had to get used to seeing myself in the mirror in these bolder shades, so popping one on when I had nowhere to be really helped. I did this with deeper liquid lipstick shades. It also helped me get used to how these particular shades wore throughout the day, so once I started wearing them out, I knew when it would be time to touch up. We're our own toughest critic, so we often think we can't pull something off, when in reality, you're just not used to seeing a different look on yourself. I thought I couldn't pull off bright reds for the longest time until I started wearing the MAC Lipstick in Russian Red and the Sephora Cream Lip Stain in Always Red around the house - once I got used to it, I realized I loved the look and bought myself the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, which had been on my wishlist for years.

Keep the rest of your makeup minimal

My biggest problem with a bold lip was that I felt a little too "done." I prefer to keep my makeup on the natural side of things, so I found that adding in a bold lip made everything look too much on my face. So I brought down the amount of makeup I wore on the rest of my face to keep everything looking fresh. A dewy base with bright, minimal eye makeup and fluttery lashes looks perfect with any bold lip - I had a whole post dedicated to that specific look here.

Do you wear bold lip shades? What are your tips for easing into them?

The Everyday Lip Duos

I've been getting back into wearing lip products on a day to day basis - it's about time, because my makeup collection is filled with more lip products than anything else. For my everyday makeup look, I've been using a lip pencil all over my lips for long lasting color, topped with a comfortable formula. And everything I've been using has been a neutral or nude color, of course.

The Pink-y Nude

On days when I want something a little more pink, I've been starting off with a layer of the Bite Beauty Lip Pencil in 010. I've mentioned this lip pencil quite a lot lately, as it's quickly become one of my favorites. The Bite Lip Pencils are absolutely beautiful - so creamy and comfortable and yet longwearing. 010 is my perfect "my lips but better" shade - just the slightest bit deeper and rosier than my natural lip color. I've then been topping it with the NARS Lip Gloss in Chelsea Girls. I've had this shade on my wishlist since it came out, and I'm so happy to finally have it. I've been getting back into lip glosses lately (I just got one of the new Chanel ones a couple days ago - more on that soon), and this formula is lovely. It's not too sticky and yet not slippery - it will definitely stick around on your lips for awhile. Chelsea Girls is a perfect everyday beige-y pink shade that goes really well with the 010 Lip Pencil.

T - B | Bite 010, NARS Chelsea Girls, Bite 036, Lise Watier Jennifer

The Brown-y Nude

If I'm not wearing a pink-y nude, it's a brown nude. Again, I start this look with a Bite Beauty Lip Pencil - I just can't get enough of them. For the more brown look I use the shade 036, a taupe-y color with just a hint of rosiness. This shade really defines the lips and helps them look fuller without even having to overdraw them. On top, I've been using the Lise Watier Fondant Supreme Lipstick in Jennifer. I heard of these from Allana Davison's YouTube videos (if you don't watch her do it now, she's a gem), and she always gave them such high praise that I had to pick a couple up when they had a sale for International Women's Day. These are the most comfortable lipsticks I've ever tried. They feel just like a lip balm, but there's definitely enough pigment to consider them a lipstick rather than a tinted balm. The weartime is impressive, too, considering how creamy they are. Jennifer is the most beautiful nude - it looks pretty pale when swatched, but it lets some of your natural lip shade shine through, so it looks incredibly natural and goes with anything. Together with the lip liner, they make the perfect brown nude pairing that I just can't get enough of.

What are your favorite lip pairs for everyday?