July 7, 2009

CA Basics: Talk to Me

Posted in beauty, ca basics tagged , , , , at 10:31 am by classyaction

When you talk, people should listen.

But listening doesn’t mean staring.  There’s nothing wrong with a bold red lip for special occasions, but sometimes, you don’t want your lips to be front and centre. Yet you still want them to look good.

So here’s what you have.

The Options

Lipstick: For a polished, classic look.  Here’s the thing: good-looking lips take work. You need to buff and sloth off the dry skin, line the lips, apply the lipstick just so, blot, and then maintain. (Really. Learning how to drink coffee with lipstick on should be considered a legitimate talent.)

However, there are easier options out there, including Maybelline Moisture Extreme – a fantastic range of moisturizing lipsticks. They are easy to apply and layer – are incredibly smooth and pigmented and there is very little risk of over application. It’s like a really smooth lipbalm with amazing payoff.

The one catch: many of the current line is full of shimmer and glitter pigments. For those seeking a truly matte look – veer away.

Lipgloss: On its own, lipgloss is hit-or-miss. Too much, and you risk looking like teen-discovering-mom’s-makeup-case. Too clear, too plain, it’s just shiny and non-impactful. But almost always, what CA finds is that a slick of lipgloss across lipstick offers shine and adds a more fresh-faced quality to a made-up look. Plain, matte lipstick can age you. Lipgloss dials back time a couple notches.

Mix and Match: Lipstick + Lipgloss

Mixing and matching lipglosses to lipsticks in different combinations is also a great way to add depth and different tones to ho-hum lipstick shades. What girl hasn’t purchased a lipstick that looks great in the tube but dulls her complexion upon application? Instead of smearing it together with another lipstick, try adding a vibrant shade on top of it – you can often go with a more daring shade of a slightly transparent lipgloss (see: Revlon Cherries in the Snow) to drastically transform your lips.

In a classy manner.

Colours

For a daily look, CA girls like it with super long lashes and a neutral (not necessarily nude!) lip with a dash of gloss on top, to keep it fresh, classy, and effortless.

CA Recommends:

For the neutral look:

Revlon Matte Lipstick in Just Enough Buff (wonderful peachy nude) layered with Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Life’s a Peach.

Pretty in pink:

Rimmel Lasting Finish Intense Wear in Airy Fairy (for lighter complexions) or Celeb (for a mildly bolder magenta lip)