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Current Favourite Lip Combination




Winters are essentially an exercise in lip hydration  -- that is, I switch between any one of these lip balms.  If I use anything else, my lips turn into a minefield of lip splitting waiting to happen.  Not pretty.

Then it starts to warm up, the winds die down and I'm free to wear as much or as little product as I want!  I don't often go for the lipstick + lip gloss combination (I'm far too lazy for that), but I've been playing with a few of them lately, and I've found one I particularly adore.

I'm currently rocking Chanel Rouge Allure Romantic, topped off with Naked Lip Radiance from GLEAM, a nude, peachy gloss.  For those of you have trouble finding a my lip but better colour, this is a great compromise.  I don't know about you guys, but for me, MLBB (there's some blog slang for you) colours tend to wash me out or make my lips look oddly swollen.  This combination settles into a very flattering rose-pink, with just the right balance of brightness and warmth for my skin.

The trick to achieving this look is to find a nude gloss that puts more weight on pigment than shimmer.  For example, this doesn't work well with my beloved MAC Nymphette -- that colour comes off too much like a gold shimmer and doesn't actually alter the colour of the lipstick underneath.  Clarins Lip Perfector 02 is an ultra-hydrating option, and Stila Lip Glaze in Apricot also works well -- that one gives the smoothest finish.  A fantastic drugstore option is Revlon Nude Lustre -- this colour is flattering on everyone I've put it on.  Layer it over a bright lipstick that you know adore and you're on your way!  To keep your lips from feeling like they're overloaded with product, don't apply from the bullet.  Instead, use your fingers to stain on the lipstick for a lighter texture.

What lipstick/lip gloss combinations are you playing with?

22 comments :

  1. I've been trying to get into layering lip colors more often as well!! It's such a great way to use up a color that normally isn't a favorite. I've been layering Burberry Nutmeg Lip Glow over several lip colors...especially ones that are too vibrant it really tones them down to shades that are much more wearable for me :-)

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    1. That's exactly my reasoning for doing it! I hate throwing out lip colours that are gifted to me. That Burberry option sounds like a gorgeous option!

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  2. What happened to Pirate Red?

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  3. Haha you also wrote about layering today! I'm actually really surprised by the result! It's such a pretty, wearable shade!

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    1. I'm always a tiny bit surprised when it works out!

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  4. I've never owned a chanel lipstick before...so jealous! But I have some ysl rouge volupte lippies on my wishlist first.

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    1. I love the formula! I'd love to try the YSL Rouge Volupte one day -- I love comparing formulas.

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  5. Oh they look great together indeed! I never really layer different shades, but I do mix lipstick with lip balm often, to tone the color down a bit.

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    1. I love doing that, especially with very drying lipsticks!

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  6. AHHH, this must be fate. The lip combo I'm loving also involve Chanel Rouge Allure. Recently, I enjoy rosy nude lips with all kinds of looks. Chanel Rouge Allure in Exquisite and Tom Ford lipgloss in Rose Crush. The result is similar to Tom Ford Tawny Pink but more pigmented.

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    1. That sounds like the most beautiful combination!

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  7. What a gorgeous lip combo, I can see why you like it so much! I love layering different lipsticks and lipglosses x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. Thanks Evelyn! What's your favourite combination of the moment?

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  8. This is a lovely combo, I really like look of Romantic on it's own too though. I'm not a big fan of lip gloss, so I don't layer lipstick and gloss often, will have to have a play though and see what combos I can come up with. This really is pretty!

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    1. You know, I really love the look of the swatch, but in the post where I swatch it on my lips (linked above), it just feels too bright!

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  9. What a lovely lip combo! I have to try mixing and matching mine too :-)

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    1. It's definitely one way to help you get through your shopping ban!

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  10. I don't really mix and match lip color. I tend to use one color for the whole day though. However your post gives me some idea on what color I should wear tomorrow, I should use my PINK more!

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    1. Me too, I prefer if my lip colours are wearable right away, but I couldn't get rid of a Chanel lipstick!

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  11. The GLEAM looks so pretty! It's surprisingly unique to me, I can't think of any comparable shade I own

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    1. Very few nude shades work on me, this one is such a workhorse!

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