I fear I am beginning to long for cooler weather, cozy sweaters, and rainy days. Who knew this California girl would ever be ready for the seasons to change? Certainly not me. I can tell because I've been pulling out all my favorite fall lipsticks these past couple weeks after a summer of clear glosses, chapsticks, and pale pinks. I am ready to once again embrace the baby goth inside me, and pack on some matte makeup and dark lipstick. I adore lipstick, but don't actually wear it all that often because, A. It's not conducive for a day full of kissing babies, and B. It's kind of a pain in the ass, you guys. Inevitably, I end up with my hair getting stuck in it, or since I spend most of the day eating, I quickly end up with a ring of lipstick around my mouth. Some of you may say, "Stop putting food in your face, Lourdes." But to you I say, "No, I will not stop putting food in my face."
And so, because of all the baby-kissing and the food-eating, any lipstick I do wear needs to be seriously long-lasting. I have an enormous bag filled with lipsticks, but I find myself coming back to the same four because I can confidently go out and not worry about looking like The Joker in a mere hour.
I have a few different lip tar colors that I alternate and (more often than not) mix them together. They go on really smoothly, though they are slightly sticky; but I find that the stickiness is worth it because it doesn't dry your lips, and it really fucking stays put. Like, slap this baby on and you'll know you're set. The trick is to use a lip brush, not your finger. If you use your finger you will end up looking bad, okay? The lip tars that I currently have are samples from their first collection, but comparable colors in the current collection are Queen, Anime, and Stalker. I am dying to try cult fave, Black Dahlia. I would wear these when I lived in Los Angeles and went to the Hollywood Bowl, like, all the time. I knew it would last through several bottles of wine, an enormous sandwich, cookies, popcorn, and the inevitable bottle of Skinny Girl Mojito that my friend Amy would always bring. And as a bonus, OCC is vegan and cruely-free!
I have this awesome lipstick in both 36 Satin Fuchsia and 43 Moulin Rouge, though I wear the Satin Fuchsia significantly more. It's the perfect pop of hot pink, and I love wearing it in the winter with an all black ensemble and pale makeup. It goes on super smoothly, doesn't bleed around the edges, and can survive a sandwich session. (In case you haven't realized, I love sandwiches. They are the perfect food, alongside pizza and soup dumplings.) It is so highly pigmented that it doesn't require more than a couple quick swipes, so you don't have to waste layer upon layer slathering it on until it is the right color.
I'm pretty sure my mother re-gifted me this lipstick last Christmas, but it's been the find of the year. My sister and I split the Forget the Fruitcake Collection, and I am obsessed with Tutu Matte. Nothing says baby goth like a nice purple-y black lipstick that doesn't slide right off your face. I love the slim profile, so it doesn't take up space in my bag for touch ups, and it has lasted through many a food-and-drink session. I am also in love with the Bichette lippie stix and lip liner, which is ideal for dark colors to keep it from bleeding around the edges of your mouth and providing even coverage. And even better- they don't test on animals!
I know I've written about Stowaway Cosmetics before, and my love for them has only grown. I have practically been living in their Scarlet Creme Lipstick for the past couple weeks, and am desperate to get my hands on their Fig shade. The other day I wore it to a movie, where I ate my weight in popcorn and nachos. And you know how in a movie theater you stuff your face in a particularly grotesque way because it's dark and no one can see you? It survived that. It's teeny tiny so it doesn't take up any space, highly pigmented so you don't waste any, and it doesn't dry out my lips. And as I've mentioned before, it's ethically manufactured! 10/10 will continue to use forever.
And here's my trick to getting lipstick to stay on my dumb face:
1. I put on a very thin layer of chapstick so my lips don't get too dry. Too much though, and your lipstick will slide right off, so be conservative.
2. If there is a matching lip liner, I carefully line my lips and then fill up the entire lip with lip liner, as a kind of base, if you will. ONLY do this is you have a liner that matches your exact lipstick. If you don't, skip this step.
3. Apply lipstick normally, with a lip brush if necessary.
4. Blot with a piece of toilet paper, then smoosh your lips together.
5. Apply one more layer of lipstick.
Voila! You will have a successful lipstick night.
Many people are skilled in the touch up art of putting concealer around their lips, but I am not. So for me it's imperative that it goes on smoothly and correctly the first time around. I've also heard that many people powder their lips through a piece of kleenex after applying their lipstick, but I've never had success with this method.
What are your favorite long-lasting lipsticks? Do you have any little tricks for keeping it from sliding off? I swear there are some women who are just good at having lipstick on all the time, my sister is one of them. I guess that gene just skipped right over me!