LIP-SHTICKing@The Parlor1339 Frankfort Ave Philadelphia, Pa
It is this orange lipstick trend that is dawning the smackers of everyone out there that got me thinking. If wearing sweatpants is mom code for “I have given up” then what do my chapstick wearing ways say about me? Every year I belly up to a make-up counter and torment the make-up artist with a question I am sure she has never been asked before… “Can I wear red lipstick (I’m a ginger)?” She says “of course” and I always end up hating it.
This is the jam up… I want to wear a real color lipstick like red or the trendy orange but when I put it on I swear my lips shrink and to me look super thin. Last month I was at a Stella and Dot party when I cornered local make-up artist (+friend) Kelley Huges-Wohlfarth with my dilemma. That little gab session paid off because today I popped into The Parlor and Kelley and I tackled this orange lipstick trend. I could go to CVS and waste more money on a whim. I could go to MAC and talk to someone that has more make up on than a circus performer. I know they are required to but I have such a hard time thinking that they can relate to what I am looking for when they have airbrushed, sequin rainbows on their cheeks and lashes that hit the ceiling. Super fun look I just think it would scare the boys.
Kelley and I played around with some different colors with different level of bright pink and orange based on my skin tone. I have to say that I actually really loved breaking out of the pink zone. I must have 10 lip glosses and lipsticks all in the same shade of pink and this was a great way to break the cycle.
Kelley gave me an pinky-orange pucker and smokey vamp eyes and in the end I felt hot, looked hot and looked like I could totally fit in on an episode of True Blood (that is a good thing). Kelley vamped me up b/c I asked but best thing of all was in the end we all agreed that this was a hot look but my best look was my most natural one. In the end HINT from her organic make-up line VAPOR is what we ended going with. Which is a pinky, orange, coral. Along with HINT I also bought the nude lip liner pencil Kelley recommended to help make my lips look more pronounced reducing the shrinking effect.
The only place I needed to go before I had to get home was the grocery store. All made up and no where to go we decided that my look out ranked both Super Fresh and Whole Foods and that I should go straight to Wegman’s. I also got to debut it at Henry’s preschool during pick up time. Confusing both him and his teachers was fun. I say all this because my daily life does not call for make-up let alone full make-up. But if I can toss on some mascara and a shade of the current lipstick trend I think I am doing pretty good.
Last night we took the whole crew to Zahav (my favorite) and I loved that I got to throw on my new lipstick b/c the boys did not really afford me enough time to do much of anything else before we rushed out the door.
Kelley’s Step by Step guide for putting on lipstick