So, I'm pretty positive I have a lipstick obsession. These are all the lipsticks that I carry around with me on a daily basis. I know, I know. Even I recognize how ridiculous it is to be carrying 15+ lip products around with me at all times. I started getting into lipstick maybe 2-3 years ago when I wanted to learn more about cosmetics and started watching videos and following blogs about cosmetics and beauty. I've always been drawn to a classic red lip and after being nervous for a while about pulling it off, I decided to get over myself and do what I wanted. I'm a firm believer that "pulling something off" is 97% confidence and fake it 'til you make it and 3% knowing what looks good on you, which is really your personal opinion about yourself.
My problem with lipsticks is that I have longevity issues. I don't know if it's the way I move my mouth when I speak, or something I do subconsciously, or if my lips are just more moist than other people's but I have a seriously hard time keeping lipstick looking good. I'm definitely not a "put it on in the morning and don't check on it until bedtime" kinda girl. Most of the time, I need a lip liner. And even with liquid lipsticks, I cannot for the life of me keep lipstick on the center of my bottom lip. So, unfortunately, many formulas of liquid lipsticks stay on 75% of my lips, except the bottom center, which within 20 minutes is completely washed away and I'm left with a seriously hard to get off outline around my lips. Not ideal.
One of the main things that's helped me with my lipsticks is to keep my lips moisturized and exfoliated. Every night I use a heavy coating of Vaseline to keep my lips from drying out when I sleep and moisturize them. In the mornings, I exfoliate my lips with a LUSH scrub, wipe it off with a damp washcloth, and apply an agave lip mask to soak in while I do the rest of my makeup. When it's time to apply my lipstick, I apply the Prep and Prime, let it get a little tacky, then apply lip liner and lipstick.
Below is a list of my current lipstick favorites that I'm towing around in my bag these days along with some of my favorite tools and "helper" products. In the fall/winter, I tend to use mostly reds and plums, but now that spring and summer are upon us, I'm happy to be throwing my pinks and oranges back into rotation. Also, I spoke about my main lipstick combination in this post, but that Yves Saint Laurent Glossy Stain has been such a problem solver for me. It's a gloss that dries like a liquid lipstick or stain, but it helps with that center of the lip problem! I use it with most of my red liquid lipsticks.👄
Tools: NARS Pencil Sharpener; MAC Prep and Prime Lip (not pictured); LUSH Mint Juleps Lip Scrub (not pictured); Bite Beauty Smashed Agave Lip Mask (not pictured); good old fashioned Vaseline (not pictured).
Most of these links link to Sephora since that's the main place I buy my cosmetics and it's one of my favorite places to shop. Two items are discontinued, but I found them on Amazon or a similar color.