Disclaimer: PR sample, see bottom.
As much as I play with color, I know what does and doesn’t look good on me.
I’m generally not comfortable with bright blues, greens, yellows or other nontraditional lipstick shades. I’m also not comfortable wearing nude shades that contradict my skin tone. I’ve just never thought of myself as able to pull off either type of lip look, so I shy away and admire those who DO wear these types of lippies!
At The Makeup Show NYC, I received Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Lip Color in Carbon, an almost black plum shade. I put it on and by itself, it’s just very stark against my complexion.
It’s the type of shade that will pull the red out in my skin, which is no bueno if my foundation doesn’t hold up!
But look at how beautifully this lipstick swatches. It’s a stunning, pigmented product, and I decided I wanted to make it work.
I dabbed on Lime Crime Diamond Crusher lip topper in Dope across my lower lip and in the center area of my upper lip. The effect is pretty cool:
While cool looking, I still wouldn’t be comfortable walking out the door with this lip look. So I blended Dope into Carbon:
It’s still bold.
So I blotted.
Just like that, I turned a color I might not be comfortable with into a wearable-for-me shade! I really like The Molten Lip Color formula, although I need to lay down some of my Hard Candy Lip Primer before applying it, since I experienced some feathering (which you can see in my photos).
If you’ve ever bought a lipstick or received a lipstick and you were bummed because it wasn’t the right color – remember you can always add another color and mix it into a shade you can wear! Have you done this?
Disclaimer: I received Carbon for honest consideration as part of my press bag at The Makeup Show NYC. Please visit my Disclosure tab for more information on how BeautyJudy.com keeps it real!