Fall 2015 Trends | MAUVE LIPS: Top Three Favorites & My Trick for Flawless Matte Lips

IMG_50490The dream of the 90’s is alive in makeup trends. Brown, grey, and dusty rose shades are popping up everywhere, from the drug store to the high end counter. The easiest way to dip your toes into this trend is by starting with a beautiful, matte, mauve lip.

Mauve lips are all the rage this season, and for good reason. The color, ranging from warm, to neutral, to cool, can flatter anyone, and is very easy to wear. A matte finish adds to the grungy appeal and creates a long-wearing low maintenance lip look that is perfect for every day wear, from the office to happy hour. Below our my three favorite mauve shades that I am loving right now. All three are a matte or semi-matte finish, and all three are very affordable!

From left to right: Wet n Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Bare it All, City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Cappuccino, and Colourpop Lippie Stick in Tootsie

1. Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Color in Bare it All | $2

A semi-matte, creamy opaque warm brown-toned mauve, with dusty rose undertones. This formula is a bit stiff at first, but warms up on the lips and provides a long-wearing, opaque finish. This $2 drugstore lipstick is also a dupe for the cult favorite MAC Velvet Teddy!

2. City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Cappuccino | $5

Ok, this one might not be a true mauve, but it’s in the same family, so I had to include it. This is an uber matte lipstick. It can be a bit tough to apply, due to this, but once applied this baby is staying on. The color is very warm, which is perfect for fall, and the pigmentation is phenomenal. I got this lipstick in my Ipsy bag a few months ago, and I’ve been loving it since.

3. Colourpop Lippie Stick in Tootsie | $5

This mauve leans into “greige” territory, but that is one of the reasons I love it. It’s so beautiful, creamy, and long lasting. It’s cool toned and just lovely. Colourpop also sells a matching lip pencil for $5 as well, and pairing the two, I have had the color last (even with eating!) for around 5-6 hours! These lippie sticks are such a good value, and I highly recommend them all, but in particular this color.

| My Trick for Flawless Matte Lips |

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My secret weapon for hydrated lips

Matte lips can be a bit intimidating, because the show off every single line, crack, dry piece of skin, ect. Believe me, I know the struggle. My lips chap at just the mention of winter. The biggest secret I have is not really much of a secret… Moisturize your lips generously every single day. Especially at night. Give your honey a kiss goodnight and then slather on a moisturizing lip butter, balm, or mask, and when you wake up your lips will look plump and nourished. And when your lips are especially dry, use a gentle sugar lip scrub to slough away the dead skin before putting on your butter, balm, or mask. My current FAVORITE for both day and night is the Nivea Lip Butter. This stuff is thick without being sticky, smells amazing, and has drastically improved the appearance and feel of my lips. Even better? I got this full sized tin for ONE DOLLAR at Dollar Tree! It is also available at Wal-Mart, Walgreen’s, Target. ect. Looking for a splurge? Try out Youtube Celeb Nichole Guerriero’s Best Damn Lip Mask for supreme moisture and nourishment!

There you have it, my top three mauve-ish lip colors for fall and how I prep for matte lip colors. Have you found a stunning fall lipstick or killer lip balm? Let me know in the comments!

xo

Best of the Brand: Wet n Wild Top 3 Favorites

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Wet n Wild is DIRT cheap and can be found at pretty much every drug store and big box retailer here in the U.S. It is a cosmetic brand with a pretty wide range for the price, including face products, eye products, nail products, as well as beauty tools and brushes. It has a lot of great offerings, but I do have my personal favorites, and I want to share those with you!

  1. Walking on Eggshells Eye Shadow Trio $3300

This is a cult-classic, but it is popular for a reason. It features two shimmer and one satin shade: a shimmering ivory shade, a satin mid-tone brown, and a stunning light pink shimmer. The shimmery pink is a very close dupe to Stila’s famous Kitten. I don’t own Kitten myself, but I found a bomb comparison on the blog Beautiful (Un)Necessities (below). The trio are also supposed to be dupes for a few MAC shades. The ivory WnW for MAC’s Shroom, the brown for MAC’s Cork, and the pink for MAC’s Naked Lunch, so if you’ve been wanting any of those, try out Walking on Eggshells first!

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(left) Kitten and (right) WnW shade

2. Hollywood Boulevard Shimmer Palette – $6

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This swirled, baked highlighter is so pretty that I wish I had bought it sooner. It’s a marble of gold, bronze, and pink pigment, but when swatched is just a lovely non-brassy gold that looks amazing on my NC15 skin, but it would also look really great on darker skin. It may get a bit ashy on very dark skin, but would also be a lovely shadow and inner corner highlight! I use this with a small fan brush, and put it on the top of my cheekbones, tip of my nose, and a bit on my forehead if I’m feeling extra glam. It’s also a high quality dupe for several high end highlighters, including the new Anastasia Beverly Hills highlighter in So Hollywood and Laura Geller’s cult favorite Gilded Honey, although I think Hollywood Blvd. is a bit lighter and less warm that Gilded Honey. I bought Hollywood Blvd. specifically because of the below swatch from my FAVORITE Instagram account, Dupe That, and in it you can see the comparisons between several brands!

IMG_4685 3. Reserve Your Cabana Bronzer – $4

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Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t a bronzer AT ALL. This is a very light, illuminating powder that is absolutely incredible and a must have for your makeup collection. Use all over for an illuminating finishing powder, as this is very similar to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in Dim Light (see swatches below from Emily Loke). It can also be used as a super subtle highlight on the high points of the face. Finally, on lighter skin tones, it is great for brightening the under eye and setting under eye concealer. Another huge plus about this product is that the pan is HUGE, as big as my palm if not bigger. So it lasts F O R E V E R!

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Let me know any great Wet n Wild products you’ve tried and I’ll test them out too!

xo