• The Best Lipsticks for Fall ’16

    It’s time to pucker up, LoDown fam¬†ūüíč

    November is officially upon us and the holiday season is well on its way. With that said, it’s time to dress your lips up in celebration!

    Primarily a dusty rose kind of gal who dips occasionally into the berries and the reds, I will be sharing a couple of my favorite lippie brands and shades.

    Ready, set, muah!

    Wait, what? Lipstick and lipliner in one product? You guys are geniuses, Benefit Cosmetics!

    This lip kit comes with four shades‚ÄĒtwo on the bolder side and two on the more neutral spectrum. If you’re into the natural look, these colors are perfect for you. They’re hydrating and not super pigmented. Even though the lipstick and lipliner colors look very different, they actually compliment each other quite nicely! I personally prefer¬†Pink Thrills and¬†Lusty Rose.

    Portrait Pink, Dusty Rose, Red Velvet

    Yes to these vintage-looking gold tubes, and a double yes to the unique shape of the product!

    I don’t know about you, but I love lipsticks that vary slightly from the uniform shape. I find these specific ones easier to apply, especially when it comes down to precision. Best of all, they’re highly pigmented, long-lasting, and dry matte!

    Secret Salma, Walk of Shame, Amazing Grace

    Yaaas, more gold bullets!

    Inspired by lip brushes, these lipsticks come in square-angled tips. Designed with 3D glowing pigments (to make the lips appear fuller and wider) they’re a must-own if you like the matte look.

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Infamous, Understudy

    I’ve been¬†obsessed¬†with the shade “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” for a couple of years now. It’s the my-lips but-better color for my skin!

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Infamous are my go-to colors that not only stay on but also keep my lips super moisturized. Understudy, a close second to the two aforementioned stellar shades, is not shabby either. I use these three shades interchangeably on lazy days when I need a sheer pop of pink!

    No. 54, Deviant, Unspeakable, Bound

    I’ve been carrying “Bound” in my bag since these NARS babies launched last month.

    No, they’re not liquid lipsticks. These Glides apply like gloss and dry semi-matte. Just if you’re wondering, they’re not drying at all! ¬†A few touch ups throughout the day will keep your lips luscious with a pop of color!

    Spanish Pink, Wild Ginger, Forbidden Pink

    Probably the¬†silkiest lipsticks I’ve ever felt¬†on my lips.

    These lippies are creamy and moisturizing with long-lasting color payoff. The collection has a variety of colors and a generous range of nudes. I’ll probably be purchasing¬†Indian Rose next!

    Sweet Maple, Spice Spice Baby, Pink Chocolate

    Literally the smoothest lipstick tubes my fingers have ever touched.

    These lipsticks are filled with creamy moisturizing benefits. The colors go on smoothly with just the right amount of pigment. This collection has a wide range of neutrals and pinks. I have yet to try their shimmer finish shades!

    Rapture, Violate, Naked

    Urban Decay never lets me down and they get brownie points for having unique packaging, great colors and finishes, all at affordable prices!

    The Vice Lipstick collection comes in six different finishes, and the cream finish is my absolute favorite. Rapture, Violate, and Naked are the perfect neutral colors for the fall season.

    What are your fall favorite lip products? 

  • The Crying Lip

    Have you ever cried in your car, or wherever, and happen to catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and notice how pretty you look? I know you have.

    Your eye color is suddenly translucent, cheeks are flushed, there is soft rosy halo around your lash line, and your lips…your lips deepen as blood rushes through them and creates a beautiful, tragic look. This lip happens to work well for day or evening and doesn’t require you to cry! This method allows you to wear any lip color in a very natural and believable way.

    The secret to this look is creating a soft halo around your lip line. Start by taking your favorite lipstick, stain, or chubby lip pencil and saturating the color just on the center of your lips. Then, take your finger and blend the color over your lips as if you are rubbing [blockquote author=”” pull=”pullright”]I can’t wait for you to try the crying lip. It’s so beautiful, it will bring you to tears.[/blockquote]

    Once the color starts dissolving into your lips, drag your finger right on top of your lip line, bleeding the color into your lip‚ÄĒespecially over your cupid’s bow. It’s like finger painting on a sensual canvas, leading to the perfect stain that will last for hours.

    This technique will also allow you to use those beautiful pops of color you’re always eyeing but never dare to buy, since the method will only capture the color’s essence. My favorite three colors to use for the tragic lip are a coral red, a classic mauve, and a deep wine. The first color I used in the pictures is¬†YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture Vernis √Ä L√®vres Glossy Stain¬†in¬†8 Orange De Chine¬†(which also made an appearance in this week’s¬†lip stain roundup!)‚ÄĒthe perfect orange-coral stain, but you must work quickly with blending as it sets quick. The second look is the rosy-mauve¬†Cl√© de Peau Beaut√© Extra Rich Lipstick¬†in¬†106.¬†This creamy formula feels so heavenly on the lips and imparts the perfect “you-could-never-go-wrong” color, giving you a super-natural, yet flattering look. The third color is the¬†Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil¬†in¬†Train Bleu. Swipe this vampy color dead-center on lips and give it a good rub down to¬†transform your mouth into a deadly weapon that kills silently.

    The Selfie is a weekend makeup look, courtesy of Stacey Nishimoto and her iPhone. For more of Stacey's tutorials, click here.

    The Selfie is a weekend makeup look, courtesy of Stacey Nishimoto and her iPhone. For more of Stacey’s tutorials, click here.

     

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