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Jun 28 2017

Making an Unflattering Lipstick Shade Work

Disclaimer: PR sample, see bottom.

Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Lip Color Carbon swatches and review on BeautyJudy

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.

Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Lip Color Carbon swatches and review on BeautyJudy

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.

Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Lip Color Carbon swatches and review on BeautyJudy

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:

Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Lip Color Carbon swatches and review on BeautyJudy

While cool looking, I still wouldn’t be comfortable walking out the door with this lip look. So I blended Dope into Carbon:

Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Lip Color Carbon swatches and review on BeautyJudy

It’s still bold.

So I blotted.

Kevyn Aucoin The Molten Lip Color Carbon swatches and review on BeautyJudy

And bam.

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!

  • Lisa Marie Heath

    I love this trick! I have so many lippies I don’t wear because they are too dark for my complexion! I’ll have to try this

    • BeautyJudy

      I hope it helps you salvage some things!

  • http://www.slashedbeauty.com/ Miranda | SlashedBeauty.com

    This is a cool trick! I actually like the gold on black for a more couture look!

    • BeautyJudy

      I know it was pretty! Perhaps I’d have courage to wear it like that at a trade show!

  • http://www.blushingnoir.com/ Brooke @ Blushing Noir

    Um that gold on the black looks MAD COOL. I love the combo when blended tho too!

    • BeautyJudy

      I loved how it looked at first but I’d feel very uncomfortable in that bold of a lip! Lol

  • Jen Mathews

    Oh wow – it looks so much better when you mix it up like that!

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks! I just can’t pull off black lippies, I wish I could!

  • marciaf

    It’s great that you can use this now. It looks a whole lot better.

    • BeautyJudy

      Thanks!

  • http://www.primebeautyblog.net PrimeBeauty

    It’s amazing that the color can change so much.

    • BeautyJudy

      I have to experiment with other glosses and toppers. This was fun!

  • http://glamorable.com/ Anastasia

    What a difference! I like that you could turn a color that you don’t care for into something that works well with your look.

    • BeautyJudy

      Me too, I like the KA lippie and wanted to make it work somehow!

  • http://www.phyrra.net/ Phyrra

    I think a lip pencil or gloss like you used can make almost any color workable.

    • BeautyJudy

      Agreed! It’s stripping down to basics ansnusing a little color theory and fun! 🙂

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    Few people, tho there are some, can pull off black lipstick. What a great idea! The deep purple is much more flattering than black IMO

    • BeautyJudy

      I think pulling off black lipstick is so much about the type of style and personality one has. I really love seeing it on others but it’s just not right on me!