Tuesday, July 29, 2014

National Lipstick Day!

Hello beauties,

Today is my favorite holiday. 
If any of you know me personally, you know that I LOVE lipstick. It is my absolute go to for day to day makeup. I generally have about 5 or 6 types of lipstick in my purse on any given day, and I had a red lipped phase that lasted for 2 years straight. 
Red lipstick. every day. two years. 

So, in honor of National Lipstick Day, I thought I'd share with you some of my favorite lip products.

 But first, 
I'd like to share with you some history on this beloved cosmetic trend. 
Lipstick has been used worldwide for centuries! Dating back to Cleopatra in Egypt, from 51-30 BC, this queen starting with crushed ants, clay, fish scales and fruits to get that red hue on the lips. 
(A substance from fish scales were used to create an iridescent sheen)

Ancient Romans wore lip color as a sign of social status, not gender. Many men wore lip color to show their rank. Wealthy women of Ancient Rome had designated slaves, "cosmatae," for applying their makeup or styling their hair! (Hence the term, cosmetologists :)) 

By the time of the 1700's, lipstick was almost banned! Women were looked down upon for wearing this cosmetic, and considered prostitutes or witches to lure men into marriage if they did! It was seen as a tool of manipulation. 

But alas! 
By the time the 1800's rolled around, lipstick was back in the picture-- the big picture to be exact! Movies! Actresses started wearing the red lipstick colors and it picked up in popularity-- carrying out to the present day. 

To this day, more than 60% of makeup users wear lipstick! I love to hear that! 

And finally-- 
Here are some of my favorite lip products... 


photos c/o tarte cosmetics.com
You've seen me post about these little guys before! I love them! They come in a sheer tint, matte color, or lip luster. So if you are a beginner lipstick wearer, or a well seasoned one, you can find the perfect, user friendly tint for you! 


photo c/o MAC cosmetics.com
Look no further for that perfect red. I have loved this red for years! Whenever I work with a client or on set, and we need a bright red for a glamorous look, or 40's inspired- I use this. It works on pretty much every skin tone! 
It's perfectly balanced, bold color. 

photo c/o L'oreal.com

Afraid of your lip color fading? Look no further! I have faithfully used L'Oreal's infallible compacts for years! The color goes on smoothly, lasts for hours, and the compact packaging is so smart! You never have to worry about losing your top coat gloss (which is also beautifully hydrating), because they are together! Not to mention, you can use the compact as a mirror if you're in a pinch. 

Well there you have it, three of my go to lip products. Give em' a try today and let me know which you like the best!