How I Wear a Natural Lip and Still Look Alive

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick PencilLast Wednesday, I shared “My Timesaving, Everyday Makeup Routine.” Today, I’m sharing a little trick I stumbled upon, and it’s also a timesaving hack! I choose my lipstick/blush after I get dressed every day. It may seem a bit weird, but if I’m wearing black or white, I love wearing a red lip and a bright blush. If I’m wearing dark jewel tones, I like a darker lip and coordinating blush. If I’m wearing pink, I like to wear feminine colors on my face. Some may think this takes too much work/thought, but I think it’s so much fun! On this day, my outfit was a bit edgy, and I was determined to wear a natural looking lip. I’d like to wear a natural lip more, but every time I do, I look in the mirror and think, “Ooooo, I need color! I look so pale!” So to give myself some much needed color, I grabbed my red lipstick and…

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil…applied it to my cheeks, instead! My friend Traci just started snapping the camera and captured it all. This is the trick I use pretty much every day.
NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick PencilTypically, I’ll apply my lipstick to the apples of my cheeks…NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil…and then just rub it in.NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick PencilViola! I was able to keep my natural lip and still look alive! All I needed was a punch of color on my cheeks! My pale lip color is “Tiber” by NARS, and I have Luxembourg by NARS on my cheeks.

I love my timesaving hack of using my lipstick as my blush! I do it almost every day! My favorite lipstick/blush’s are the NARS Lipstick Pencil in LuxembourgHyde Park or Dragon Girl. For pink, I like Yu by NARS. For a dark red, I use Charlotte by NARS.

My Timesaving, Everyday Makeup Routine

My everyday makeup routine is minimal and takes approximately 6-7 minutes to apply, maybe less. I used to spend over 30 minutes on my makeup, and I loved every minute of it. Now, I’m all about cutting corners without sacrificing the end result (this is kinda my M.O. these days). I guess that’s why I’m all about dry shampoo and 2-3 day hair. Ha! So here’s my time saving, everyday makeup routine with minimal trade-off.

NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil

I start with the same basic makeup products every day, and then I change up the look with a different lipstick and blush. These are the products I use.  These products are my favorites because of the ease in which they go on and their lasting quality.

First, I use a cc cream (in light) mixed with a moisturizer (Neutrogena or Supergoop) and apply it like it’s moisturizer- all over and without a care. Then I dab on the under eye concealer (in medium), followed by an all over sweep of powder (in Mont Blanc) and then bronzer for extra color. Next, I apply an eyeshadow (in Bone) all over my eyelids for an overall shimmer. I use a waterproof pencil eyeliner (in Cassis), and then I apply a little brow pencil (Grace K.) to my eyebrows. I am not a big eyebrow person, but I do like slightly filling them in. Then, if I have time, I curl my eyelashes (which happens maybe once a week) and apply my favorite drugstore mascara.



Now it’s time for lipstick and blush. Typically, I use my lipstick as my blush, and I choose based on how I feel that day. Come back on Friday to hear all about this time saving hack and my favorite colors!

For other time saving beauty hacks, check out this post (here).

Top picture by Traci Ling

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